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The Doctor goes out to dinner

Managed to catch a re-run of Boom Town, the 11th episode of this year’s new Doctor Who. This got mixed reviews on first showing… in hindsight this may have been because it was shown immediatley after The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances double bill, which will undoubtedly become on the classic stories of the 42 years of this show. It is certainly a filler episode, set in contemporary Cardiff (i.e. on the doorstep of the production team’s home), evidenced by the newly introduced Captain Jack getting little to do and feeling somewhat superfluous to requirements. Throughout, you get the impression that there was one great idea (the restaurant scene) and everything else needed to fit around it. However, this second viewing was actually better than I expected, Annette Badland revisted her character from earlier in the series, she was given much more breadth than previously and showed some great touches in bringing a little humanity to the role. Also, it gave Christopher Eccleston the chance to show yet another edge to the character. The denoument was the preview/ spoiler of the following week’s return of the Daleks.

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