06 September, 2011

A Good Old Romp Through Time And Space Kind Of (Doctor Who ep 6.8)


So Doctor Who returned this (well, last) week for the continuation of it's series-six run of thirteen episodes. Following on from the cliffhanger of episode seven, we are thrown right back into the action, still without a clue as to what the hell is going on.
            The highlight of this episode was the Rory-Amy-Mels montage, in which we see Rory and Amy's realisation of their relationship, and learn in a fantastic twist that their daughter has grown up with her parents as a sort of consolation prize for their current situation without child. 'I've seen you practically every day. Name one girl you've paid the slightest bit of attention to' was one of the best lines of this, if not all DW series and was one of the perceptive, intensely human moments that Moffat's Who does so well. Similarly, Riversong's line about a disabled Bar Mitzvah in the face of Nazi rule in Berlin was laugh-out-loud funny. Whilst I have never truly felt endeared to River Song, the end of the episode was heart-warming, and maybe the fact that she is to kill the Doctor is the reason why Moffat has never made her an intensely likeable character? Whilst I did think the episode an enjoyable period-hopping episode, there was just too much wrong to be fully immersed in the action.
            Firstly, death means nothing in this show; Amy, Rory and the Doctor seem to die in almost every episode, and I struggle on a weekly basis to ever feel that the three are in danger. Whilst I hope achingly that this will bear meaning later, and is a passing phase as part of Moffat's 'master-plan', I don't know if it is. But if I see one more parting speech between Rory and Amy, I may complain to Ofcom.
            Where the f*** was Hitler? The concept was timey-wimey fantastic, the episode was named after him and his unveiling was grand and sinister. But once locked in the cupboard for some laughs, we don't see him again. WHY?
            The technology 'miniature people in a shape-shifting robot' was taken for granted, and unexplored. The graphics were fantastic, but the concept was too complex a science to be accepted by the viewer without further analysis - it is not a possible science, but into the realms of magic. I would have liked to have seen a morality/justice issue from the workers for what they were doing. Also, no jellyfish.
             I am still in the 'loving not knowing anything' phase of Moffat's era, but there is beginning to be too many layers to the Doctor's death plot, and too much 'the Doctor always lies' for what remains a CHILDREN'S show. Whilst I wholeheartedly admire Moffat's skill, intelligence and ability, there is a little too much to be getting on with, and the plot rarely advances into these issues without adding more. Just how Timelord is Melody? She ages naturally with Rory and Amy? The Doctor knows he will die but Rory and Amy don't know that he knows? There is still a secret about Amy? THIS IS ALL TOO MUCH.
            On the whole, an enjoyable effort, with too many over-arching problems with the series for this to be a good episode - make death important, explain things, and use Hitler more. Thanks.

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