Doctor Who Season 7 Part 2
again Doctor Who has been split into two parts. The first part was
terribly forgettable. Full of wasted opportunities and noticeable
vacillating between doctor who being the adult show that it could be and
the kids show that the producers think it is.
start off with the Snowmen, last yearís Christmas special. The Doctor
acting like a petulant child decides that since Rory and Amy are gone he
is not going to save the universe any more so he decides to Park the
Tardis above Victorian England and retire. The same Victorian England
that Strax, Jenny and Madam Vastra live in. No-one in the audience
thinks that this state of affairs is going to last long but the
characters in the TV show donít know the Doctor like we do. So when
people start being murdered, the doctor unsurprisingly though
reluctantly comes out of retirement. It is here that the Doctor meets
Clara, of course we know what Clara is the same Clara from last yearís
Asylum of the Daleks but because the doctor never saw her but he doesnít
put two and two together till later.
Bells of Saint John
Bells of Saint John is one of the better episodes of this season, but
frankly this is one of those episodes that the pre-episode makes better
by far so make sure you watch that before you watch this epp. Really
there should be an option on the disk for you to play all with the mini-sode
prequels. But there isnít. The Bells of Saint John works as a good modem
take on the alien invasion story. Although the invaders are not
aliensÖas such but familiar adversaries.
Rings of Akhaten
Doctor wants to take Clara somewhere special, so he takes her to an
alien night market. Where there is multitudes of aliens and a runaway
singer who is going to sing their gods to sleep. And then there are
mummyís and some bartering over a leaf and itís the Doctor vrs a god.
And itís a terrible episode.
never had much time for Mark Gatsis as a writer for Doctor Who, thereís
no denying that he has been responsible for the worst episodes of the
new series. Infact no episode that he has written for this new series
has been even watchable. Except for this one. I have to admit this isnít
a bad episode. The thing that lets it down isnít the writing, itís the
production. Itís clear that this submarine based adventure was just a
little too adventurous for the production team. The submarine isnít
partiuclary convincing, the acting is good and itís great to see the
Ice-warriors back and in form, being justifiabley feared in a
claustrophobic environment. I wasnít a fan of the Ice-warrior leaving
his suit and being a giant squelchy thing but I understand where itís
coming from and in the context of the story it worked and I liked the
fact that the Doctor was baffled by it. The only thing I didnít like
really was the ending which was wasnít so much an ending but a ďok I
really have to wrap this up nowĒ.
is a good story, it has some great atmospheric sequences and is as much
a homage to Nigel Kneeleís The Stone tapes as it is a Doctor who story.
It is strange in the fact that it seems to indicate that the Doctor
believes in Ghosts, ESP and various other things that the series has
railed against in the past. Itís not necessarily a bad thing just
inconsistent. In other respects a perfectly good episode with a great
Journey to the Centre of the Tardis:
the Doctor turns the Tardis shields off to let Clara pilot the Tardis a
salvage operation takes the ship and Clara is trapped in itís core. What
follows is somewhat of a mess, there are ghostly molten beings following
our heroís about for no apparent reason, worse it turns out that they
are echoís of the crew itself who have been exposed to the eye of
harmony and itís never sufficiently explained how or why. And the
subplot about the practical joke where the crew have tricked their
younger brother into thinking heís an android is just nonsense.
seems to love the 19th century. And we are back there where
Madam Vastra, Strax and Jenny. The Doctor is missing and there are
strange Red men being pulled up from the river. This is a strange story.
Itís not a bad story. It has some great things going for it. Like Dianna
Rigg being a brilliant villain. But dressed up as it is, it has to be
said that this is simply another aliens invading earth story.
Nightmare in Silver
there was an episode that people were looking forward to it was Neil
Gaimenís crack at making the Cybermen scary again. Given how amazing
Neilís first episode from the series was it was reasonable to think that
there was a good chance that this would be the standout episode of this
season. Unfortunately he only succeeded in making them the Borg.
Arguably the Borg owe their progeny to the Cybermen and there were
already a great deal of similarities however the great Neil Gaimen only
made them more obvious and added similarities that we didnít need. Never
mind me not getting over the return of our universes Cybermen. But there
are some great things about this episode the allusions to ďThe TurkĒ the
idea that the emperor of the universe has been so scared by the cyber
wars that he ran away to join the circus. The fact that the Cybermen
finally use all the tools at their disposal to destroy and wage a path
of destruction. But the fact that some of the scenes, especially the
ones where the Cybermen are adapting to the weapons by repairing
themselves as well as making the shields is so Borg itís not funny.
Name of the Doctor
Strangely the standout episode of the season and the prequel for the 50th
anniversary itís a fairly good lead-up. The great intelligence gets itís
final appearance presumably forever. Itís a shame that thereís not a
Yeti in sight, just Whispermen. And the worst thing is that the timeline
doesnít work out. If the great intelligence was destroyed back in the
1800ís then how does it menace the second doctor in 1960ís London?
Despite all this itís a great story and it makes you hungry for the 50th
anniversary special. Now we just have to wait.
5.1 adding much depth to episodes like Hide.
I donít think Iíve ever complained about a modern BBC release and itís
video quality they are all uniformly excellent.
Special Features: Doctor who is popular in America now, thatís a good
thing it kind of ensures the longevity of the current series. But
seriously, the Americans love Doctor who without pandering to their
market so why the new releases insist on pandering to the Americans is
beyond me. The only doco we get here is ďThe companionsĒ a so-so look at
all the companions that the doctor has had since the 2005 revival and
thatís fine but why do we need an annoying American voice over and the
pretence that the new series is all that has ever been, classic series
companions are only lightly touched on. Apart from that we have the web
material which is ok but free on the web if you want that kind of thing.
A mopey doctor stars in the Children in need special ďThe great
detectiveĒ which is also so-so.