Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Tournament – Final Round

We are (finally completing the) voting on  Tenth Doctor Doctor Who stories starring David Tennant, pitting them against each other in an elimination tournament, with whichever story gets at least two out of three votes from our judges will move on to the next round. The judges will be myself and two of my daughters–Johanna (now 16–it’s taken me a while to get around to this) and Laurelle (14).  The stories have been seeded according ratings on IMDb, and randomly broken up into two conferences–the Newman Conference and the Lambert Conference.

(Daily Doctor Who #2)

We are now down to the final two stories.

Read all about that process and the first round, starting here.

Right now, we’re going to continue to the final of this thing (at last).

We’re choosing between two episode written by Steven Moffat…



Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead

Ben:  This is a really tricky vote for me. Both episodes are great, and are certainly amongst my favorites for the Tenth Doctor. Yet neither story is perfect. For Blink, the problem really has to do with the simplistic way the Weeping Angels are defeated–they may not be able to move for the moment, but that dingy little light bulb is not going to last long.

For Silence in the Library, the problem is the fact that the Vashta Narada start off scary but then get a little silly when they decide to limit themselves to being inside space suits that they have to lumber around slowly in. Why would they do that?

But even though Library’s problems are potentially a bit bigger, the time afforded by the fact that it’s a two-parter means that the episode can have a legitimate epic quality. Scenes of Donna dealing with the confusion of her virtual life, the question of who the little girl and Doctor Moon are, and of course the whole dynamic between River Song and the Tenth Doctor are intriguing, mysterious, heartfelt and dynamic.

The entire cast is amazing–including Tennant and Catherine Tate, and guest stars Alex Kingston and Colin Salmon.

Overall, it more than makes up for its failings, and I think it gets the ultimate win from me.

My Vote:  Silence in the Library / The Forest of the Dead

Laurelle:  I found Silence in the LIbrary to have a more interesting storyline, and I like it because it has more of the Doctor in it. And I like River Song and the way we get introduced to her. But I like them both.

However, I don’t think we needed to go through this whole tournament-thing in order to in order to figure out which one was my favorite.

My Vote:  Silence in the Library / The Forest of the Dead

Johanna:  When I first saw Blink, I already knew about it. I knew this is where the Weeping Angels showed up, and I knew it was supposed to be a really good episode. I know about the Weeping Angels and I knew some of the plot–about how the Doctor is going to talk through some sort of notebook or something (I thought it was a notebook).

Because of that, I think I enjoyed Blink less than I would have otherwise. It also didn’t have much of the Doctor in it, and I don’t really like Martha as a companion.

On the other hand, Silence in the Library did have the Doctor in it, and it had Donna (my favorite 10th Doctor companion). I didn’t know what was going to happen, so all the twists were knew to me. Also, River. River’s awesome, so bonus.

I am voting for Blink.

Just kidding.

My Vote:  Silence in the Library / The Forest of the Dead

The Winner:  Silence in the Library / The Forest of the Dead

And there you have it!  At last…we have our winner! Thanks David Tennant and everyone else involved in these productions for giving us such a fun time watching TV.

Now, onto other things (like getting Moffat’s Monstrous Creations Tourney started!)

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