History YMMV / DoctorWho

28th May '17 3:05:39 PM SCPIhpkmn
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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree The Power of Three]]'' had Amy and Rory wondering if they should stop traveling with the Doctor and have a normal life; this is under-explored in favor of the cubes, and considering what [[BusCrash the next two episodes held]] for the Ponds, some would have preferred it if they had left that episode.
26th May '17 11:16:54 PM Sapphirea2
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** Sarah Jane Smith is considered by a slew of fans who grew up with the original run of the series to be ''the'' Companion. Her chemistry with the Fourth, her badass and smart personality and being immensely beloved that she got her ''own TV series'' should be a sign of that otherwise. Her constant appearances starting around Series 2 of the Russell T. Davies era of the show were met with open arms and fans were heartbroken with the passing of her actress, Creator/ElisabethSladen. As a result, most companions are met with either okay reception (Martha), ''polarizing results'' (Rose, Amy, Clara, Donna), or flat out hate (Ardic). And even with the immense love some companions get, they never seen to top ''The Companion'', that is Sarah Jane Smith.
** As Series 9 was critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike for its multi-part episodes, deeper CharacterDevelopment carried from Series 7B and 8, and extreme emotional heft regarding the relationship between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald, it was obvious that Series 10, which came after a year-long hiatus and displayed an entire clean slate (albeit with a lot of {{Continuity Nod}}s) from the first episode alone (which was even called "The Pilot"), couldn't live up to the same intensity that Series 9 had. On the other hand, it's still receiving a lot of acclaim, thanks in large part to the '''very''' well-received team of the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts (plus secondary companion Nardole). There's also a subset of fans who DIDN'T like Series 8 and 9, often ''because'' of the focus on the Twelve/Clara relationship, and were won back with Series 10, often wishing that Twelve's era had been like this from the start.

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** Sarah Jane Smith is considered by a slew of fans who grew up with the original run of the series to be ''the'' Companion. Her chemistry with the Fourth, Fourth Doctor, her badass and smart personality and being so immensely beloved that she got her ''own TV series'' should be a sign of that otherwise. Her constant appearances starting around Series 2 of the Russell T. Davies era of the show were met with open arms and fans were heartbroken with the passing of her actress, Creator/ElisabethSladen. As a result, most companions are that have come in her wake have been met with either okay reception (Martha), ''polarizing results'' (Rose, Donna, Amy, Clara, Donna), Clara), or flat out flat-out hate (Ardic). And even with the immense love some companions get, they never seen to top ''The Companion'', that is Sarah Jane Smith.
** As Series 9 was critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike for its multi-part episodes, deeper CharacterDevelopment carried from Series 7B and 8, and extreme emotional heft regarding the relationship between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald, it was obvious that '''initially''' seen as this to Series 10, which came after a year-long year-plus hiatus spelled only by two [[BreatherEpisode breather Christmas specials]] and displayed an entire more-or-less clean slate (albeit with a lot of {{Continuity Nod}}s) from the first episode alone (which was even called "The Pilot"), couldn't live up to the same intensity that Series 9 had. On the other hand, it's Pilot"). While it still receiving received a lot of acclaim, thanks in large part to the '''very''' well-received team of the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts (plus secondary companion Nardole). There's Nardole), there were complaints up through "Knock Knock" that it was too lightweight. Then the stakes were dramatically raised with "Oxygen" (and its shocking ending revealing [[spoiler: the Doctor was still blind]]) and the Monks Trilogy mid-season, and there was rejoicing. Of course, there's also a subset of fans who DIDN'T like Series 8 and 9, often ''because'' because of the focus on the Twelve/Clara relationship, and who were won back with early Series 10, often wishing that Twelve's era had been like this from the start.start. Not all of these fans were happy to see it take a darker turn.



** Although Series 10's "back to basics", less continuity-dependent approach has caused fans of Series 9 to see it as a case of ToughActToFollow (see above), it also won back a chunk of viewers who didn't like the Twelfth Doctor -- and especially the Twelve/Clara relationship -- in Series 8 ''or'' 9, with some of them vocally wishing Twelve and new companion Bill Potts weren't getting just one season.

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** Although Series 10's initially "back to basics", less continuity-dependent approach has caused fans of Series 9 to see it as a case of ToughActToFollow (see above), it also won back a chunk of viewers who didn't like the Twelfth Doctor -- and especially the Twelve/Clara relationship -- in Series 8 ''or'' 9, with some of them vocally wishing Twelve and new companion Bill Potts weren't getting just one season.season. And then, after the one-two punch of "Oxygen" and "Extremis" raised the dramatic and emotional stakes significantly, frustrated Series 9 fans were won back.
18th May '17 11:02:47 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Dodo Chaplet from season 3 has a pretty poor standing among the fandom as she lacked any real personality other than being rather naive and dull. Her character lasted only six stories before getting unceremoniously dropped from the show in a throwaway line.
18th May '17 12:39:09 PM Anddrix
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** Due to several actors appearing in both franchises, most notably Creator/JohnBarrowman and Creator/AlexKingston in the [[Series/{{Arrow}} main series]] and Creator/ArthurDarvill in [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow one of its spinoffs]], ''Doctor Who'' and Franchise/ArrowVerse fans manage to get along pretty well.

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** Due to several actors appearing in both franchises, most notably Creator/JohnBarrowman and Creator/AlexKingston in the [[Series/{{Arrow}} main series]] and Creator/ArthurDarvill in [[Series/LegendsOfTomorrow one of its spinoffs]], ''Doctor Who'' and Franchise/ArrowVerse Series/ArrowVerse fans manage to get along pretty well.
14th May '17 6:08:51 AM Sapphirea2
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** After the polarising Series 8 (which was critically acclaimed and heavily criticized in equal measure), Series 9 did this with fans and critics alike, with many episodes attracting strong critical praise. Its StoryArc is thematic/conceptual (hybrids, consequences, the Doctor's lonely existence, Clara becoming his DistaffCounterpart), allowing for strong ''almost''-standalone stories where most Series 8 episodes were bogged down by the Clara's double life/Danny Pink/Nethersphere arc. The return of the "multi-parter" format allowed plots and characters to be fleshed out better. [[TookALevelInKindness The Twelfth Doctor's character also warms significantly]]; he is no longer has ''quite'' the cynical, misanthropic personality that many fans found rather jarring. Its overall critical reception was probably the best since ''Series 5''.

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** After the polarising Series 8 (which was critically acclaimed and heavily criticized in equal measure), Series 9 did this with fans and critics alike, with many episodes attracting strong critical praise. Its StoryArc is thematic/conceptual (hybrids, consequences, the Doctor's lonely existence, Clara becoming his DistaffCounterpart), allowing for strong ''almost''-standalone stories where most Series 8 episodes were bogged down by the Clara's double life/Danny Pink/Nethersphere arc. The return of the "multi-parter" format allowed plots and characters to be fleshed out better. [[TookALevelInKindness The Twelfth Doctor's character also warms significantly]]; he is no longer has ''quite'' the cynical, misanthropic personality that many fans found rather jarring. Its overall critical reception was probably the best since ''Series 5''.Series 5.
** Although Series 10's "back to basics", less continuity-dependent approach has caused fans of Series 9 to see it as a case of ToughActToFollow (see above), it also won back a chunk of viewers who didn't like the Twelfth Doctor -- and especially the Twelve/Clara relationship -- in Series 8 ''or'' 9, with some of them vocally wishing Twelve and new companion Bill Potts weren't getting just one season.
14th May '17 5:53:01 AM Sapphirea2
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5Oxygen Oxygen]]" contains the Doctor [[spoiler:becoming permanently blind due to him entering the vacuum of space without a helmet to save Bill]]. Some see the "permanent" portion as not going to happen, due to the already established fact that [[spoiler:he can still use some of his regeneration energy to heal an injury, even if he isn't regenerating]], despite there being a possibility that this issue can last throughout the rest of Series 10, and [[spoiler:possibly being the trigger of his regeneration at the 2017 Christmas special]], . Also, due to footage in Series 10 trailers showing [[spoiler:the Doctor seemingly regenerating]], people are already pointing out that [[spoiler:this scene is how he will get his eyesight back]]. And there are also some who think that "[[spoiler:The Doctor is blind]]" storyline will be resolved quickly in one of the episodes in the three-parter serial that begins as of the next episode.

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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5Oxygen "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E5Oxygen Oxygen]]" contains has the Twelfth Doctor [[spoiler:becoming permanently blind due to him entering the vacuum of space without a helmet to save Bill]]. Some see the "permanent" portion as not going to happen, due to the already established fact that [[spoiler:he can still use some of his regeneration energy to heal an injury, even if he isn't regenerating]], despite there being a possibility that this issue can last throughout the rest of Series 10, and [[spoiler:possibly being the trigger of his regeneration at the 2017 Christmas special]], . Also, due to footage in Series 10 trailers showing [[spoiler:the Doctor seemingly regenerating]], people are already pointing out that [[spoiler:this scene is how he will get his eyesight back]]. And there are also some who think that "[[spoiler:The Doctor is blind]]" storyline will be resolved quickly in one of the episodes in the three-parter serial that begins as of the next episode.



** As Series 9 was critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike for it's multi-parter episodes, deeper CharacterDevelopment carried from Series 7B and 8, as well as it's extreme emotional heft regarding the relationship between the Doctor and Clara, it was obvious that Series 10, which came after a year-long hiatus and displayed an entire clean slate from the first episode alone (which was even called "The Pilot"), couldn't live up to the same intensity that Series 9 had.

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** As Series 9 was critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike for it's multi-parter its multi-part episodes, deeper CharacterDevelopment carried from Series 7B and 8, as well as it's and extreme emotional heft regarding the relationship between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara, Clara Oswald, it was obvious that Series 10, which came after a year-long hiatus and displayed an entire clean slate (albeit with a lot of {{Continuity Nod}}s) from the first episode alone (which was even called "The Pilot"), couldn't live up to the same intensity that Series 9 had.had. On the other hand, it's still receiving a lot of acclaim, thanks in large part to the '''very''' well-received team of the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts (plus secondary companion Nardole). There's also a subset of fans who DIDN'T like Series 8 and 9, often ''because'' of the focus on the Twelve/Clara relationship, and were won back with Series 10, often wishing that Twelve's era had been like this from the start.
14th May '17 3:38:28 AM The12thDoctor
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** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5Oxygen Oxygen]]" contains the Doctor [[spoiler:becoming permanently blind due to him entering the vacuum of space without a helmet to save Bill]]. Some see the "permanent" portion as not going to happen, due to the already established fact that [[spoiler:he can still use some of his regeneration energy to heal an injury, even if he isn't regenerating]], despite there being a possibility that this issue can last throughout the rest of Series 10, and [[spoiler:possibly being the trigger of his regeneration at the 2017 Christmas special]], . Also, due to footage in Series 10 trailers showing [[spoiler:the Doctor seemingly regenerating]], people are already pointing out that [[spoiler:this scene is how he will get his eyesight back]]. And there are also some who think that "[[spoiler:The Doctor is blind]]" storyline will be resolved quickly in one of the episodes in the three-parter serial that begins as of the next episode.
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12th May '17 8:00:41 PM The12thDoctor
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** As Series 9 was critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike for it's multi-parter episodes, deeper CharacterDevelopment carried from Series 7B and 8, as well as it's extreme emotional heft regarding the relationship between the Doctor and Clara, it was obvious that Series 10, which came after a year-long hiatus and displayed an entire clean slate from the first episode alone (which was even called "The Pilot"), couldn't live up to the same intensity that Series 9 had.
12th May '17 11:16:27 AM TimeLordVictorious
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** Averted with Series 9, which is generally considered to be one of the strongest seasons of the revival.
9th May '17 2:07:55 AM LondonKdS
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** In "The Crimson Horror", Ada Gillyflower's total lack of hesitation or regret in killing her abusive mother, the episode's main villain, may be a response to the hostile reaction of some fans to the ending of "The Idiot's Lantern, also written by Creator/MarkGatiss, which was seen as arguing that people have a moral obligation to forgive their abusive parents.
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