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Sunday, 14 September 2014
DOCTOR WHO - LISTEN...
Last night's episode of DOCTOR WHO showed some signs
of being a return to form for STEVEN MOFFAT. When I first
saw that he'd written the story my heart sank, because, although he
authored some of the better episodes under RUSSELL T. DAVIES,
the ones penned under his own tenure have been pretty naff and his
name usually ensures that some mincing, farcical, over-the-top
BLACKADDER-type tomfoolery is in store.
Last night, however, there was tension, suspense, drama, with
not quite so much comedy as before - at least for the first half hour
or so. Then it all collapsed to reveal yet another self-indulgent piece of
geekery which tied CLARA into the Doctor's childhood in yet another
self-referencing, too interested in its own history, look how clever
we're being, up its own @rse narcissism.
Also, it's yet another of those stories that creates all kinds of
paradoxes. If the contemporary Clara influenced The Doctor when
he was a child (a crying, snivelling, frightened - and let's be honest - ir-
ritating one at that) into growing up into the person he is today, then how
could he be that person when she first met him? It's meant to be clever,
you see, but it just comes across as another poorly thought out-details
don't matter-it's the effect that counts type of meandering yarn
that Moffat is now so infamous for.
I couldn't help but feel that the Doctor was being given some
kind of quasi-religious back story with this tale, with his childhood
self sleeping in a barn and growing up to become the 'saviour' of the
universe. Started well, but degenerated into the usual disappointing
geek-fest that the show needs to shrug off if it wants to still be
around in another fifty years.