Saturday, 23 August 2014
DOCTOR WHO: DEEP BREATH - BUT NOT ONE OF FRESH AIR...
Apparently, back in the 1950s & '60s, DC COMICS produced their tales by coming up with what editors thought were intriguing or compelling cover images and then having their writers create stories around them. Having just watched the latest episode of DOCTOR WHO, I'm more than ever convinced that STEVEN MOFFAT comes up with his storylines the same way. "H'mm, a dinosaur in Victorian London would be a great visual..." I can imagine him saying - and then sitting down and working a story around that and other 'striking' images.
So what's new in the world of Doctor Who? What difference does PETER CAPALDI make in the role? Not much to both questions it has to be said. The plot was still a pile of outrageous sci-fi sh*te written for geeks by a geek, and the Doctor still talks to himself far too much, and veers between looking mean and moody and being a stand-up comedian who dispenses humorous one-liners right, left and centre. And there was the now obligatory same sex (but different species) kiss (masquerading under 'first aid'), in the usual 'gay mafia' strategy to brainwash us into accepting such scenes as a matter of course on all TV shows.
The first four episodes of the programme, broadcast in 1963, used the sci-fi concept of the TARDIS to cast the four main protagonists in an adventure set in the past. However, everything else about the situation was straightforward, realistic drama. I've said before that I'd love to see the Doc materialise in, let's say Edwardian London, and solve a murder mystery that has absolutely no sci-fi connotations whatsoever.
However, I'm aware that Peter Capaldi's Doctor was still finding his feet in this introductory episode. Let's hope we can now look forward to the enigmatic 'stranger with a hint of danger' that the Doctor should be, as opposed to the babbling idiot we've had to suffer in far too many previous episodes in the past.
Agree? Disagree? Make your feelings known.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, August 23, 2014