Doctor Who???

Doctor Who???

Spoiler alert for US viewers- this post discusses Doctor Who episodes that haven’t aired in the US yet.

Jackie and I have just watched the 3rd episode of the new Doctor Who (via proxied iPlayer)- and we’re not happy!

The first episode (which plays later tonight here in the States on BBCAmerica) was pretty good: a very inventive way to introduce a new companion…and a new Doctor- although we both felt that Matt Smith was too like David Tennant in looks (hair) and costume; and as Jackie very nicely put it- “all the manic energy without the charm”. But we figured that was the first episode and maybe they’re trying to keep him close to Tennant’s Doctor to ease the transition, and as the series goes on he’ll start to put his own stamp on it. But unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be happening.

The second episode was OK, but Gillan’s lack of wonder about being whisked off through time and space was a little annoying- episode 2 is too early for her to be so blasé- and too early for her to “save the day” (and save the Doctor from himself).

And then there’s episode 3- rainbow pride Daleks, spitfires in space, and a repeat of the end of Star Wars and Independence Day. The whole thing was just too comic-book for words. No-one seemed to blink at a man appearing from no-where with a 5’11” red-head wearing a mini-skirt in tow- and again Gillan saves the day by intuiting the right things to say and do as if by magic.

I was quite impressed by Gillan in the first episode- she has a wonderful blank canvas quality about her that you never know where her face is going to go next- so she can surprise you. But as with Matt Smith I think the writing is letting her down. Four episodes in (if you include next weeks teaser) and we have already had 2 with popular “monsters” (Daleks and the Stone Angels) and 1 with a very similar feel to the Motorway episode with Freema Agyeman.

Steven Moffat wrote some great single episodes (including the truly excellent Blink), but I think the lack of Russell T. Davies‘ hand at the helm of this new series is really starting to show already!

OK, rant over- normal service will now be resumed 🙂


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