Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I have not had time, to write up the rest of the Doctor Who Series. Since I came and settled in Peru. I used to write the notes while watching the episode after work. Then download an episode on I-Player, and write it again. It would take a day and a half.
Its been a sluggish season. I missed the Ponds. I thought Amy's big sister relationship left a shadow that left Clara shivering inside. I liked Clara. She is pretty. I never really saw what she had to do. Moffat loved writing Amy. Write what you know is always good advice. I loved the snippet, of Strax in Glasgow.
``I'd wish he never discovered that place''
Its nice to see River song again. Don't overuse her please. I bow to no one in my admiration of Alex Kingston. If River Song is used again and again, to resolve a plot. Then River becomes a God. Remembering The Wedding of River Song. I thought the episode took too long to get established. Even that referenced a lot of what came before. Here the producers, took a slightly different tack and showed us everything that had gone before. The Doctor stealing a Tardis. Bessie. A clip of Patrick Troughton running across a park somewhere in the USA.
Richard E Grant was good as the Great Intelligence. The problem with the great intelligence as I saw it was that we did not see enough of him. I know that there are questions of contracts money and availbe Compare the foreshadowing of the silence, as the Big Bad. We saw the Great Intelligence in the Bells of St John. We saw him in the Christmas special. To be blunt. Why should the Great Intelligence be able to force the Doctor to cross his time stream and visit his grave. When the Daleks, and the Cybermen cannot. What is different about the Great Intelligence? What's he got that the family of blood hasn't. I don't know do you?
It seems the Great Intelligence, is a link to the early days of the series. Controlling the Yeti et al.
The rest of the second half of the series had too many villains of the week. There has not been an element of threat in most of them. Hide. I loved the start of Hide. The bubble universe which I thought might have House trying to get back into our universe turned out to be nothing
Now some villians worked. I liked the chance to see the Ice Warriors again. That was a good episode. It did rely on a couple of GoT stalwarts though. Yay Onion knight! I was not so impressed by the Crimson horror. Strax, and Jenny et al. Are in danger of being overused. I am not sure I like the episodes where the Doctor is heading an ensemble. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, left me cold in places. As well as Nightmare in Silver. While it was intriguing to see a cyber-man with access to the Doctor's mind. I thought the Cybermen had been too clearly Borgified.
I did like seeing the clip from Dragonfire. I did like hearing the Valeyard's name mentioned. I can forgive the show so much for this. It will be interesting to see John Hurt as the Doctor...I want to link him, with Peter's Cushing's Doctor. Some fans are talking about the possibility, of John Hurt as the Person who fought/led the Galifreyans during the Timewar, I do not think that makes sense.
Anyone notice the mirroring? The huge Dalek on Skaro, and Huge TARDIS on Trenzalore. They were both graveyard worlds.
Well I am looking forward to the 50th episode special. That looks like a treat. Though I would have preferred to see some more Doctors. There is the rumor that McGann will be briefly in the 50th anniversary special. If we assume the 8th Doctor, is the Time War Doctor, then that might make sense.
I just had another thought remember David Tennant's sumation of the horrors of the Time War , the Army of Might have beens and Meanwhiles... The Timelords brought the Master back from the Dead, maybe they managed to subvert the Doctor. Or remember the Doctor Victorious. Imagine if the the Timeline split in two, and Tennent's Doctor regenerated into someone else....
I will stop speculating and we will see. A strong episode. A jolt that the series needed. It should have come sooner.