Saturday, 29 March 2014

Series 7(?):Part 4 - The Day of The Doctor

Now we have finished the main body of Series 7, but we're not finished just yet. In addition to a second annual Christmas Special, we also have an additional special celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who to chew into. Alongside The Name of The Doctor, they collectively serve as a swan song for the Eleventh Doctor's tenure and bring a conclusion to the majority of the story arcs which ran through his era, such as The Silence, The Doctor's greatest secret, and the regeneration limit; some handled more successfully than others.

The Day of The Doctor - 9/10
"There's one life I've tried very hard to forget. He was the Doctor who fought in the Time War and that was the day he did it."

I went to see The Day of The Doctor at the cinema in 3D. The hype had been building up for months with the cliffhanger from The Name of The Doctor, the 50 Years trailer, plenty of teasing from Steven Moffat, and indeed the fact it was the 50th anniversary and being shown on the big screen all building to massive expectations. Despite the bar being raised higher than the recently featured Shard, I wasn't disappointed! This was a beautifully crafted episode and a fantastic anniversary celebration.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Series 7: Part 3 - Nightmare in Something

Urgh... The rest of main Series 7 never gets as bad as Hide or Cold War were, but they do represent a drop in quality the rest of the series never fully recovers from.

I've spoken (and will continue to speak!) about "Series 7 Syndrome" - That the episodes in the series suffer from trying to take on too many concepts, characters, and set pieces by failing to develop upon any of them effectively. Well there's another - relatively minor - issue I have with most of the episodes in 7 Part 2 in particular. In Series 5 and especially 6, the Eleventh Doctor often either has some kind of long-term plan (e.g: Day of the Moon, The Doctor's Wife) or is otherwise constantly adapting and playing a long game of Xanatos Speed Chess. In Series 7, we seem to have regressed back to a problem I have with many stories from David Tennant's era, where we mostly seem to be just going through the motions and stumbling on a solution, or in some cases neither The Doctor nor his companions do anything and the situation just seems to tie itself up. It's a minor issue compared to some others, but I find it makes the stories feel less clever and less rewarding to watch. But onto the episodes!