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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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Why I Loved Listen (Doctor Who Series 8)

While we don’t necessarily review every episode of Doctor Who, we definitely write about it a lot. There’s lots of reviews going on out there right now – say, on Sourcerer and Part Time Monster, to name a couple in our local blogosphere!

So while I loved the most recent episode, Listen, I don’t want to just do an episode review. I want to look at a few of the specific reasons why I personally liked this episode. Then it’s just opinions! And you can agree or disagree as you like.

I think this is easily the best episode of this season, and last. The best of Capaldi. Some of the best from Moffat. And most importantly, it’s the best of Clara, something that in particular has been lacking. It also had some aesthetic ties to one of my favorite things, which gave me chills… but we’ll get there! SPOILERS!

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