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Old 08-05-2013, 14:13
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I was wondering which moments do you personally consider to be the best moments ascting wise from each of the three NuWho actors who played the Doctor? I don't mean your favorite Doctor moments, but moments where in your opinion you thought the actor was at their best. (though obviously a lot of them can overlap).

Mine would be:

Eccleston
Everybody Lives from the Doctor Dances and pretty much all of Dalek, but especially the moment where the Dalek tells him "we are the same" and then later "you woud make a good Dalek"

Tennant
When he marvels at the werewolf in Tooth and Claw (and also other similar scenes, like the one in The Girl in the Fireplace with the robot clock), when the Master is dying/dies in his arms, pretty much all of Human Nature/Family of Blood, but especially the moment where he's playing the Doctor pretending to be John Smith at the end and Midnight when he's potraying how terrified the Doctor is

Smith
The speech in Rings of Akhaten, Big Bang- when he's telling the story to little Amelia by her bedside at the end, the end of the Doctor's Wife when he's talking with the TARDIS and "I'm not a hero! from the God Complex.

So what's yours?
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Old 08-05-2013, 14:30
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For Eccleston it really is hard to look past the everybody lives scene.

It still gives me goosebumps.

I also loved the moment in his finale when he tells the Daleks no, I said NO!! That little speech has the hairs standing on end still.

Also the end of Dalek when he is about to shoot the Dalek and he realises what he was about to do, very emotional.

David Tennant has so many it's hard to pick one, but his final goodbye scene broke my heart...

As for Matt Smith my all time fav scene is still the one when he saves Amy from the Silence!!! Loved it.

Matt Smith is the best epic speech Doctor in my opinion.
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Old 08-05-2013, 14:43
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For Eccleston it's the end of Bad Wolf and his whole: No. scene, culminating in the fabulous: "I'M GONNA WIPE EVERY LAST STINKING DALEK, OUT OF THE SKY!"

For Tennant, there's a lot of moments, but the scene at the end of The Family of Blood stands out. He goes from a terrified, snivelling wimp, to a super genius full on Doctor mode, to a cold-hearted furious avenging God in the space of just over a minute.

For Smith, it's probably the speech at the end of Rings, but the scene near the end of Day of the Moon where he stares down the Silence is also a personal favourite.
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Old 08-05-2013, 14:48
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Eccleston - "Everybody Lives" - The Doctor Dances
Tennant - Talking to Wilf about the Time Lords in The End Of Time part 2
Smith - Telling his story to little Amelia in The Big Bang
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Old 08-05-2013, 14:55
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Eccleston - Probably the dinner table chat with Margaret Slitheen in 'Boomtown' .

Tennant - As I think my favourite Ten performance was in 'Gridlock' I'll go with his opening up to Martha about the timelords at the end of the episode; and his crazy descent through all of the car lanes earlier. Then again, I could name plenty of Doctor and Donna scenes!

Smith- So many. I'll go for a little moment; when he pops up at completely the wrong time behind the sofa in 'The Lodger'. It's just the look on his face; cracks me up every time.
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Old 08-05-2013, 14:58
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For Tennant, there's a lot of moments, but the scene at the end of The Family of Blood stands out. He goes from a terrified, snivelling wimp...

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Hmmm, I think that's a bit harsh.

The character just had his whole life turned upside down, and at the end gave up his life to save everyone.

I'd say that was pretty brave.
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Old 08-05-2013, 15:00
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For Eccleston, itís the scene in the End of the World where Jabe admits that she knows who is and says how sorry she is for him. Itís the first time weíd ever seen the Doctor cry and was very moving.

For me, Tennant is easy Ė itís the scene in School Reunion, in the staff room, where he's unexpectedly introduced to Sarah Jane. The little scene afterwards where he's in the corridor, smiling like a schoolboy with a crush, is great too. A lovely piece of acting.

For Smith, itís the scene in The Lodger where he 'air kisses' for the first time, and is all proud of himself. The bit where he offers loads of money in a paper bag for the room is great too. In this episode, Matt made me laugh out loud. Itís a shame he doesnít get to do more comedy. Heís great at it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 15:05
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Hmmm, I think that's a bit harsh.

The character just had his whole life turned upside down, and at the end gave up his life to save everyone.

I'd say that was pretty brave.
I don't mean the character, I mean the bit in the spaceship where he's pretending to still be John Smith and at the same time flipping all those switches and stumbling and begging for mercy.
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Old 08-05-2013, 15:07
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I don't mean the character, I mean the bit in the spaceship where he's pretending to still be John Smith and at the same time flipping all those switches and stumbling and begging for mercy.
Oooo yes totally agree then!

Sorry for the misunderstanding!
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Old 08-05-2013, 15:11
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Oooo yes totally agree then!

Sorry for the misunderstanding!
No worries, I can see where the confusion would come from
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Old 08-05-2013, 15:42
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Ecclestone - The last scene in The Parting of the Ways, when he is confronting the Daleks from Satellite 5. The "...and doesn't that just scare you to death?" line gives me goosebumps.

Tennant - The "Time Lord Victorious" scene in The Waters of Mars. Very chilling.

Smith - The speech at the end of The Rings of Akhaten. I wasn't a big fan of this episode overall but I loved this particular moment.
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Old 08-05-2013, 17:06
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Eccleston- As many others have said, the "Everybody lives!" scene.
The scene in Father's Day where he angrily shouts "I had to go and pick another stupid ape!" also sends shivers down my spine.
Finally, I really like Eccleston's regeneration scene. It was short, but effective and ended on a high ("And you know what? So was I!" *massive grin*) unlike Tennant's which was drawn out and maybe a little melodramatic.

Tennant- This is a difficult one. Despite Tennant being an excellent Doctor, I can't really think of many standout moments in particular.
His confrontation with the Beast in The Satan Pit was pretty good.
His overall performance in Human Nature/Family of Blood is also a high point.
And I suppose, despite the melodrama, his final words "I don't want to go" reflect well his personality. After being haunted by the events of the Time War in his Ninth Incarnation, his Tenth brought the fun and excitement back into his life so I suppose it fitted his more emotional and less alien personality better than it would any other Doctor.

Smith- In contrast to Tennant, Smith has so many standout moments. I especially love his big speeches- "Didn't anyone ever tell you, there's one thing you never put in a trap..." and "Hello Stonehenge!", but his speech in the Rings of Akhaten has to be my favourite yet ("I've walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man!")
The defeat of the Silence in Day of the Moon is also one of my favourite ever scenes ("And one whacking great kick up the backside for the Silence! You just raised an army against yourself and now for a thousand generations you're going to be ordering them to destroy you every day..."
Oh and let's not forget that scene in The Eleventh Hour in which he truly became the Doctor- "Hello. I'm the Doctor. Basically...run.")

Thinking about this has just made me realise how much I enjoy Matt Smith as the Doctor.

While we're discussing the Doctor's best moments, I thought I just needed to mention Davison's performance in the Cliffhanger of the third part of The Caves of Androzani- "So you see; I'm not going to let you stop me now!"
Just brilliant. One of my favourite ever Doctor Who moments.
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Old 08-05-2013, 17:41
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oh my there is a lot! I'll try to be brief:

Eccelston:

Rose: The turn of the Earth speech

Bad Wolf: Saying no to the Daleks 'Rose, I'm coming to get you!'

Parting Of The Ways: the whole sequence from when he says 'Coward, anyday', takes the vortex from Rose and then breathes it back into the TARDIS, right up until his regeneration.

Tennant:

The Christmas Invasion: 'Did you miss me?', speech at the end to Rose, Mickey and Jackie 'and it is gonna be...fantastic'

The Girl In The Fireplace: Reading Madame de Pompadour's letter, and after saying 'I'm always alright' to Rose

School Reunion: 'Hello Sarah Jane', saying goodbye to Sarah Jane at the end

The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit: talking about his beliefs

Doomsday: wall scene and Bad Wolf beach

The Runaway Bride: looking down over the Racnoss as he commits genocide

The Lazarus Experiment: Speech to Lazarus in the church 'Its not the time that matters, its the person'

42: trying to tell Martha about regeneration when he is burning from the parasite

Human Nature / Familiy of Blood: all of it

Utopia: last twenty minutes of the entire ep

Sound of Drums: telling Martha and Jack about Gallifrey and the Untempered Schism

Last of the Timelords: crying over the Master plus burning his body

Fires of Pompeii: In the TARDIS with Donna, 'I can never go back, I just can't' and then 'Come with me'

The Doctor's Daughter: His speech about the Time War / Time Lords 'Only it's gone now. Gone forever'
and his acting after Jenny's death 'I never would'


Midnight: most of it

The Stolen Earth: seeing Davros again, reunion with Rose

Journey's End: Donna mindwipe and being alone in the TARDIS right at the end

The Next Doctor: showing Jackson Lake the info stamp images of the Doctor all the way to the Tenth, and 'They break my heart'

The Waters of Mars: whole sequence when he is listening to them dying and then goes back to the base to save everyone. 'The laws of time are mine and they will obey me!', The Time Lord Victorious and end of the episode

The End of Time: Cafe scene, scene in the junkyard with the Master where he hears the drumming, talk with Wilf on the spaceship about why he can't kill the Master, facing Rassilon and the Master, thinking he is alive then hearing the four knocks, his rage 'It's not fair' then still saving Wilf, his wounds healing 'It's started.' All of his goodbyes, particularly to Sarah Jane, Verity and Rose. The regeneration


Matt Smith:

Eleventh Hour: all of it especially calling the Atraxi back then rooftop speech and then first revealing the TARDIS to Amy

Beast Below: 'Notice everything' sequence, His scorn to Amy 'You took it upon yourself to save me from that, and that was wrong', Nobody human has anything to say to me today!' , his reaction when Amy is telling him he is like the Star Whale at the end of the ep 'can't stand to watch children cry'

Time of Angels / Flesh and Stone: Octavian death scene, shouting at River when trying to save Amy

Vampires of Venice: 'You didn't know Isabella's name!' scene with Calvierri, 'Tell me the whole plan!' scene with the vamp girls in the crypt (?), shouting at Amy 'back to the TARDIS' just after Isabella's father dies,

Amy's Choice: 'Nobody in the universe hates me as much as you' when he tells the Dream Lord that he knows who he is, scene in the van when the Dream Lord is goading him 'the old man prefers the company of the young', his reaction to Amy's scorn 'then what is the point of you?'

The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood: 'Nobody dies today' speech to all the Welsh people and Rory, taking Amy into the TARDIS after Rory dies acting like he isn't going to do anything and then trying to help her remember, speech to the mother about her son 'Raise him to be what you couldn't be'

Vincent and the Doctor: trying to comfort Vincent when he is having one of his episodes, taking Vincent to the gallery, ending scene in the gallery comforting Amy

The Lodger: when he is being drawn to the control panel on the ship, explaining to Craig why the ship doesn't want him 'You're Mr Sofa Man'

The Pandorica Opens: 'Do the smart thing, let somebody else try first' speech

The Big Bang: speech when he is in the Pandorica barely alive telling Amy to remember her parents and they will be there, then the speech when his timeline is unravelling and he tells her that she will remember the days that never came, scene with River at the end and final scene in the TARDIS where they go off to the Orient Express

A Christmas Carol: 'I've never met someone who wasn't important'

Impossible Astronaut, Day Of the Moon: 'Don't play games with me, don't ever think you're capable of that' that entire scene, speech to the Silence at the end, awkwardly not knowing how to react when River kisses him

The Doctor's Wife: shouting at Aunty and Uncle when he sees the Time Lord distress signal collection, his reaction when House takes the TARDIS and he screams 'open this door!', when the TARDIS spirit is released into the console room 'Finish him off girl.' , saying goodbye to the TARDIS 'I don't want you to go', final scene where he is asking 'are you there?' and the lever goes down by itself

A Good Man Goes To War: Colonel Runaway speech, scene with Lorna Bucket as she is dying,

Night Terrors: 'These are old eyes'

The God Complex: 'I'm not a hero' speech to Amy and saying goodbye to her

Asylum of the Daleks: opening scene on Skaro 'not many people can do that, send me messages', his fear when trapped in intensive care, realising Oswin is a Dalek

The Power of Three: telling Brian about the companions he has lost 'never them Brian, never them', scene on the rooftop with Amy 'I'm running to you and Rory before you fade from me'

Angels take Manhattan: his rage when reading the chapter titles, giving River regeneration energy to heal her hand, goodbye scene to Amy, his dejection in the TARDIS, reading Amy's afterword

The Snowmen: majority of it, particularly the scene in which he shows Clara the TARDIS and gives her a key before she is grabbed by the Ice Lady

The Rings of Akhaten: speech to Grandfather

Hide: 'I am the Doctor and I am afraid'

Journey To The Centre of The TARDIS: 'What are you? A trick? A trap?' scene and in the heart of the TARDIS 'she's always been there for me and now I don't know what to do'

Wow well I think that's a comprehensive list

bits in bold are probably my most favourite moments but that is subject to change
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Old 08-05-2013, 17:50
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Eccleston: His 'Coward, any day' speech at the end of POTW.

Tennant: Pretty much all of the last 10 minutes of 'Journey's End'.

Smith:His big speech at the end of 'Rings'.
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Old 08-05-2013, 18:35
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Eccleston's first line (almost) "Run for your life"
Tennant "Am I ginger?"
Smith "......Gobby Australian"
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Old 08-05-2013, 18:46
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Eccleston's first line (almost) "Run for your life"
Just to comment on this, I still remember that moment.

For those of us who knew Eccleston before Who and some of the parts he played, it was suddenly realising how against type he had gone. Probably why he wanted the part, as well as working with Russel T again.
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:04
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Ecclestone - The last scene in The Parting of the Ways, when he is confronting the Daleks from Satellite 5. The "...and doesn't that just scare you to death?" line gives me goosebumps.
I've just realised my error, I meant Bad Wolf, not The Parting of the Ways.
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:06
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I've just realised my error, I meant Bad Wolf, not The Parting of the Ways.
Don't worry I worked it out......eventually.

Had me thinking for a second though, did he say it more than once?!

I doubted myself, thanks!
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:11
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Don't worry I worked it out......eventually.

Had me thinking for a second though, did he say it more than once?!

I doubted myself, thanks!
I wish they would just stick to one title for the multi-episode stories, it would be so much easier to remember them.
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:17
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I don't want to go wins hands down.
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Old 08-05-2013, 19:58
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Can't think of them all but DT stands out for family of blood.
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Old 08-05-2013, 20:03
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What a lovely thread!
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Old 08-05-2013, 20:19
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oh my there is a lot! I'll try to be brief:

Wow well I think that's a comprehensive list

(Snipped for space)

I loved your list - a real nostalgia trip. It made me want to watch every single one of those episodes over again.
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Old 08-05-2013, 20:29
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Eccleston - "Everybody Lives, Rose! Just This Once, Everybody Lives!" [The Doctor Dances]

It's a moment of pure redemption for the 9th Doctor, brings lump to the throat every damn time.

Tennant - "The second sun would rise in the south, and the mountains would shine. The leaves on the trees were silver, when they caught the light, every morning it looked like a forest on fire. When the autumn came, a brilliant glow though the branches..." [Gridlock]

This emotionally dramatic stuff was (and is) I think Tennant's biggest strength as an actor and in playing The Doctor particularly.

Smith - "Oh, that box... Amy, you'll dream about that box. It'll never leave you, big and little at the same time, brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever. And the times we had, eh? Would've had... Never had. In your dreams, they'll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond, and the days that never came..." [The Big Bang]

For me theres never been a better of example of The Doctor being an ancient creature in the body of a young man than this beautiful scene.
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Old 08-05-2013, 20:45
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Eccleston - "Everybody Lives, Rose! Just This Once, Everybody Lives!" [The Doctor Dances]

It's a moment of pure redemption for the 9th Doctor, brings lump to the throat every damn time.

Tennant - "The second sun would rise in the south, and the mountains would shine. The leaves on the trees were silver, when they caught the light, every morning it looked like a forest on fire. When the autumn came, a brilliant glow though the branches..." [Gridlock]

This emotionally dramatic stuff was (and is) I think Tennant's biggest strength as an actor and in playing The Doctor particularly.

Smith - "Oh, that box... Amy, you'll dream about that box. It'll never leave you, big and little at the same time, brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever. And the times we had, eh? Would've had... Never had. In your dreams, they'll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond, and the days that never came..." [The Big Bang]

For me theres never been a better of example of The Doctor being an ancient creature in the body of a young man than this beautiful scene.
This might be a bit off topic,but as for Tennant and playing emotionallydramatic stuff, there was this scene in the second to last episode of Broadchurch where his character is talking about his personal life to journalists (don't really want to describe the whole scene) and he's just so amazing in it. Actually for me that scene was maybe even better than those kinds of scenes while he was playing the Doctor.

And also agree on thelast sentence, that was the one point in DW were I genuinely 100% believed I was watching a 900 year old man.
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