Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Doctor Who Catch-Up!

What with being busy and spending rather more time in the bathroom than I would have liked (lovely stomach bug) I haven't had chance to talk about the second episode of Moffatt's two-parter or RTD's standalone thriller. I loved both, boringly, and both were fantastic examples of the writer doing what they do best. For Moffatt, that's plot - twists, turns, the complete inability to work out where things are going - and for RTD that's dialogue and a great central idea.

Moffatt, as brilliant as he is, isn't infallible when it comes to the words he puts into his character's mouths (I'm sorry, but the Doctor should NEVER have said the phrase "I'm all over it" or "Are we good?"), but in terms of intelligent, creative plotting he just can't be beat. I can't think of a single other writer working in the UK at the moment who could have come up with such an original concept as Donna's dream-life - and, as I had suspected, he *did* get me crying in the second episode, especially when Donna's "husband" tried to call after her back in the real world...

As for Midnight, it was just wonderful to have an episode set in one place - no running down corridors, no outlandish monster, just a wonderful psychological thriller for all the family. As Paul Fuzz said in our usual post-DW phone-call, it was great to see the Doctor under such pressure, not from an alien threat, but just from the people he was trying to help - and whom, it must remembered, he *didn't* help. As the Fuzzster said, he didn't save, he was saved. The central idea of repeating was sinister enough in itself without the need to really be explained, and brilliantly realised by Lesley Sharpe and our lovely DT.

Obviously, I cannot wait for next week's Doctor-lite episode and the return of Ms Tyler - but will it be the same? Will it be a let down? Will, as I hope, the Doctor fall over a bucket in a slap-stick style way when he sees her again for the first time? What is the Medusa Cascade? AND WHAT IS ON DONNA'S BACK? So many questions...

9 comments:

stu-n said...

l will bet you, right now, a fiver that the Doctor never actually meets Rose in this episode. I have a strong suspicion that he won't meet her conscious and face-to-face in the finale either.

All we know about the Medusa Cascade is that the Doctor sealed the rift there, single-handed. And there might be something to do with his name there, too...

As for Midnight, one of the things that I've always liked about RTD's writing on DW (and there aren't many) is that he isn't afraid to let the Doctor be wrong.

AnnaWaits said...

Yeah, you're totally right - he likes to have other people question and test his methods/moral code etc.

And I agree that they probably won't meet this episode but *surely* they will do before the end of the series! If the bet stands on *that* point then I'll happily take you up on it!

stu-n said...

They'll see each other as she fades away back into the alternative reality, and they won't get a chance to speak. It'll be tearjerking, and all the Rose/Ten shippers will squee at the sadfacery of it.

AnnaWaits said...

RTD wouldn't be able to resist writing some dialogue for them. I just *know* it... :D

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

You're gonna hate me for nit-picking but if I recall right I'm not sure that the Doctor does say "are we good?" -- what I recall is that that is what River asks him and he chokes on being able to get the word 'yes' out aloud.

... Nice catch-up btw. Am avoiding spoilers where possible so am TRYING to keep to blurry vision on reading certain blogs where I think someone may be speculating about something upcoming! Sorry if that means I don't comment or make a nonsense remark.

Cracking eps by the way.

Dean said...

Midnight was good - with the cheap cost of CGI and special effects these days the old-fashioned 'box show' seems to be getting quite rare. It was very creepy, sort of reminded me of early X-Files a bit. Plus Doctor Who vs Daily Mail-mentality was a fun concept.

N/OutofFashion said...

Despite a little bit of GCSE Drama-ness I loved the episode too!

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