My wife was saying I need more gifs and pictures on my Tumblr, so at the weekend I thought I’d do a kind of discreet countdown of my favourite Who stories, and making my list of favourites I realised my ‘judgement’ of Doctor Who is largely textural - the ambience of a story, the traces of memories and images it leaves or (in the case of stuff I’ve rewatched) how well that surface pleasure is sustained.
Dr Sandifer, whose blog and books I enormously admire, is obviously not writing about Who from anything like this standpoint (and nor could he, since often textural delight doesn’t get you much further than “AWESOME it’s all PINK also I WAS 9”) but I was still very tickled that “The Big Bang” topped his list, since it would be very close to topping mine just based on its magnificent presentation of a succession of wonderful/dreamlike images.
I definitely agree about The Big Bang/The Pandorica Opens. As a story it’s a complete mess, but as a succession of moments, it’s wonderful, much as the fiftieth anniversary special was. Those are the two Matt Smith episodes where I can really see the appeal the most.
I disagree that you need more gifs. There is hardly a shortage of gifs on tumblr, while there is something of a shortage of intelligent writing…