As with the SFCrowsnest Forum in recent years and this time there and here on the SFCrowsnest.org.uk, my comments on the latest season of ‘Doctor Who’. These will mostly be impressions – here’s my Doctor one, still ‘Geronimo!’ – rather than intentional plot spoilers. If you’re living in a country that hasn’t seen these episodes yet, read with caution but I’m not going to give too much away. If you can watch it first, that’s even better.
Anyone else thinking it’s getting a bit pervy with the Doctor doing a personal history check on companions he’s going to take time travelling? This isn’t the first time. Look at Rose Tyler, Martha Jones and Amy Pond. Yes, there’s an argument that he doesn’t want to take anyone who could have repercussions if missed from history but he only looks in the past, not to their future.
Did anyone else spot Peter Davison appearing briefly in the opening credits?
It’s interesting that the Doctor mentions his grand-daughter to Clara on Akhata. I suspect we’re going to get a lot more hints that will lead up to the 50th anniversary show of the earlier shows.
The rescue of Merry, Queen of Years, could have been done more efficiently had he used the TARDIS than a hired flying craft but the story would have ended at half time, although the time could have been used more effectively. What is a puzzle is that the Doctor and Clara are essentially going to attack or defy a god and yet all those watching don’t even go on the offensive. Granted that it would have doubled the length of the story but it shows the difference to what would have happened in the early years.
Instead, we have a soul vampire and its ‘grand-father’ energy being, who are again opponents who can’t speak or at least not in English being translated by the TARDIS’ internal mechanism. I’m beginning to think that either ‘Doctor Who’ is getting metaphysical (odd for a family show, do you think either the kids or parents have to explain it to each other) or they’re afraid to give definable foes that we can all understand?
In many respects, the resolution of the story is also done in a passive way. The delightful Merry (actress Emilia Jones) sings a song and the Doctor and Clara share their memories. End of story. Literally. Hardly a means to stop a monster capable of destroying seven worlds and then desiring to go on and work on the rest of the galaxy.
It makes the story too easy rather than something that should be intriguing and indeed menacing. Hands up any of you who contemplated hiding behind the sofa? If you want something to think about, just what did the Doctor do when he left Clara’s side?
Part of me thinks, especially looking at the small cast list, that this story was done to conserve the budget so one can only hope there’s some improvement in the later stories.
Category: Doctor Who