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Favorite Doctor Who? Blink, Moffat, and graphs! Part 2

Last week I ended up breaking up a post about the fan-favorite episode Blink, and about how its writer, Steven Moffat, doesn’t know why it’s such a favorite. You can read that post here. But to jump back into it, here’s the episode rating graph from Graph TV for Doctor Who:

That’s a big mix, episodes all over, generally some loved more than others every season. And that one, lonely outlier at the top, over 9.5. That episode is Blink.

One of the points in the original Mary Sue article that got me thinking about this was about Moffat trying to re-create the magic of this episode now that he’s the showrunner, and failing. But I think it’s more than just trying to make an episode that good again – but to get through the rest of my thought, let’s take a moment with the graph.

In season 1, there are three episodes higher than the others: the season finale, and then the two-parter of The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. The two parter was written by Steven Moffat. In season 2, there are again two top dots: the season finale, and you guessed it, another Moffat: The Girl in the Fireplace. Then season 3 with Blink. Then season 4, with the top two being Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead by yet again, Steven Moffat.

We talked before about how it’s pretty clear why Moffat became showrunner. But I would also argue it’s more than Blink that he’s trying to recreate. Instead, I think he has some story ideas, monster ideas, that he is trying to perfect. That he keeps coming back to. So let’s look at a few of these story ideas!

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Favorite Doctor Who? Blink, Moffat, and graphs! Part 1

It’s that time again: we have Doctor Who on the brain. The new season starts in a couple of weeks, and that got me thinking back to a recent article on the Mary Sue about one of our favorite episodes, Blink. And about how Steven Moffat doesn’t know why it’s such a fan favorite episode.

So I want to approach this from a couple angles. This week is about Blink and why it stands out as a favorite. And I have graphs! It goes to the heart of selecting a favorite episode of a TV show in general.

The second angle is about the Mary Sue’s question about Moffat being able to repeat said success now that he’s showrunner. As Holly wrote a while back, once we started paying attention to the showrunner and writing credits – and saw which episodes Moffat had written – we knew exactly why he was the new showrunner. And I do see him repeating himself, trying to perfect some of his concepts – so that’ll be some deeper Doctor Who exploration next time!
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Life, With Memes

Hello readers! Holly and I have a lot going on right now in our lives, both blogging and otherwise. We’ve hit a point where we need to do a lot of work on our house in a short amount of time. On top of that, it’s a heavy season for LitFlix – we have two of the movies coming out next weekend (which we’re still reading for!), and I still need to write up two from here in May. That was the plan for tonight, but that fell through.

I couldn’t focus enough this evening to write something like that, which involves thinking back both to the comics and the movie, but there was a bit of thought that I could do. Both Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past have me thinking of some of the situations in terms of memes. So I took a little time this evening and made those memes – I hope you like!

For more from me on comics, be watching Sourcerer tomorrow – I have been contributing there, and tomorrow’s post is a comics reading list. But in the mean time, enjoy the memes!

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Favorite Doctor Who Episodes or How I Loved Steven Moffat Before I Knew Him

David and I started watching Doctor Who in 2010, so basically when the new series had already gone through the 9th and 10th Doctor. We did not go all the way back to the beginning, but just decided to start with the new Doctor Who, Christopher Eccelston as the 9th Doctor. I do not remember my feelings when first watching the show, but I know it was not long until we were hooked.

David and I made sure to get all caught up before Doctor Who Series 5 started and we got to watch it as it aired, at least as it aired in the United States. Now when we initially heard that Russell T. Davies had left the show and there would be a new head writer, we were a little concerned because we had loved the show so far. At first David and I  were not sure who this Steven Moffat guy was, then we started looking over our list of favorite episodes, and that is when we got really excited.

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