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“The Big Bang” – Review: Redux

Professor River Song “Right, I have questions. But number one is this: what in the name of sanity have you got on your head?”
The Doctor “It’s a fez, I wear a fez now. Fezes are cool.”

The Big Bang

So, here we are at the end of The Moff’s first series in charge and we’re waiting to see just how the Doctor is going to get out of the Pandorica in which he was trapped by the alliance. The answer it turns out was funny, exciting, thrilling and, yet, a little bit unsatisfactory. This is where it starts to feel like the story, while brilliantly written, might be seen as being a bit too clever for its own good. The first shock is that it is that two-thousand years later, as the Pandorica rests in the National Museum, that it is not the Doctor but Amy who appears in the Pandorica after it’s been opened by little Amelia. We get a non-linear story to try and get our collective heads around as the Doctor from the future jumps back in time to instruct Rory how to open the “box” to free his younger self and replace him with Amy, who can later be restored. To dismiss the paradox (that the Doctor must’ve escaped from the Pandorica *before* being able to go back and instruct Rory how to fashion his escape) in such an off-hand way effectively gives rise to the notion that he could always do things like that to get out of perilous situations. As a one-off it is justifiable, but as a repeatable process it might become tiresome quite quickly. Continue reading

“The Pandorica Opens” – Review: Redux

Rory “I died and turned in to a Roman. It’s very distracting”

The Pandorica Opens

The season finale of Series Five begins with the longest pre-title sequence yet seen; it takes so long for the titles to arrive that you feel like you’re half way through the episode already. This, of course, may also be due to the fact that so much is packed into that sequence. Following on from “Time of Angels” and setting the scene for future stories when the two time travellers (the Doctor and River) arrange to meet, there are a series of wonderful little, for want of a better word, minisodes. The central conceit being the question of how to two people out of sync with one another arrange to meet up? The variety of ways of answering that question that are sprinkled liberally throughout Moffat-era Who, are always fun. Here we get a painting made by van Gogh in his fugue state, being found by Bracewell and Churchill, who, on the advice of River leaves it in the Queen’s estate all the way through to the reign of Liz Ten, where (after a small detour to obtain Captan Jack Harkness’s vortex manipulator via Dorium Maldovar), it is stolen by River herself, who carves a message along with necessary coordinates on the oldest cliff-face in the universe where it waits for the Doctor to come and translate it, before the final meeting in Roman Britain. Continue reading

“Journey’s End” – Review: Redux

Dalek “Exterminieren! Exterminieren! Halt! Sonst werden wir Sie exterminieren! Sie sind jetzt ein Gefangener der Daleks! Exterminieren! Exterminieren!”

Journey's End

9.4 million people tuned in to the Series Four finale and they were treated to sixty-five minutes of wonderful, sci-fi nonsense.  Beforehand, back in 2008, there was an abundance of newspaper articles across the whole gamut of broadsheets as well as the more typical tabloid fodder, plus guest appearances on TV shows and even features on the Six O’Clock news as a kind of Who-Shot-JR national fervour built up following the “I’m regenerating” cliff-hanger to “The Stolen Earth”.  The secrecy of the plot and the fact that none bar the inner sanctum of BBC Wales knew what was about to happen meant that the hype was going to be almost impossible to live up to.  Alas, that almost proved to be the case. Although this sense was all but lost in the 20/20 hindsight of this knowing look back. Continue reading

“The Stolen Earth” – Review: Redux

Harriet Jones “Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister.”Dalek “Yes, we know who you are.”

The Stolen Earth

There are moments in adulthood when you yearn for the thrill of youth. Usually, it’s at times when your body doesn’t quite behave in the way it should and always has done before, when they stop making birthday cards with your age on them (ever seen a “Happy 43rd” card?), when you hear yourself for the first time starting a sentence with the words “Back in my day…”, or the first time you buy yourself a tee-shirt that doesn’t have any writing or a picture on it. Young Policemen Syndrome, I guess they’ll call it. However, all too rarely there are moments when you forget all that stuff and nonsense and you are as giddy and thrilled and happy as any you were in any of your childhood memories. The last 15 minutes of “The Stolen Earth” was such a moment. Continue reading

“The Last of the Time Lords” – Review: Redux

Captain Jack Harkness “Used to be a poster boy when I was a kid, living in the Bo-shang peninsula… tiny little place. I was the first one ever to be signed up for the Time Agency, they were so proud of me. The Face of Bo they called me”

Last of the Time Lords

And so this marathon reaches another milestone with the end of Series Three and “The Last of the Time Lords”. Even though it seemed loved and loathed in equal measure within the picky world of fandom, the broadcast secured some very positive viewing figures that we all now seem to take for granted from these finales and fairly widespread acclaim to boot.  Even the BBC invested a little extra in this televisual treat by commissioning an extra 8 minutes of the show in order to save some scenes from the cutting room floor. Whether this was a wise decision remains open to question. Continue reading

“The Sound of Drums” – Review: Redux

The Master “This country has been sick, this country needs healing, this country needs medicine – in fact I’d go so far as to say that, what this country really needs, right now, is a Doctor.”

The Sound of Drums

A three-parter in new Doctor Who is unheard of, although the older fans among us may remember the occasional 6 x 25-minute stories of old that equate to much the same duration. The result is that “The Sound of Drums” might sit a little uncomfortably between the opening shocks of “Utopia” and the thrills and spills that undoubtedly await us in the finale, “The Last Of The Time Lords”, tomorrow. So, for an episode with neither a beginning nor an end it is a little unusual, but it still manages thrills a plenty. Continue reading

“Utopia” – Review: Redux

Professor Yana “That is not my name! ‘The Professor’ was an invention. So perfect a disguise that I forgot who I am.”
Chantho: “Chan- Then who are you -tho?”
The Master: “I am… the Master.”

Utopia

Following a week off for Eurovision, two weeks with John Smith instead of the Tenth Doctor and then the Doctor-lite episode last week it has been, despite the fact that those three episodes were generally brilliant, a period of about a month when we have been deprived of a fix of our favourite Time Lord. So, what happens when he returns?  Well, as well as David Tennant back on fine form we get Jack back as well, we get the return of the Master, we get a regeneration scene and we get a cliffhanger that was a complete surprise all wrapped up in forty-five minutes of brilliant television aimed fairly and squarely at fans of the show. Okay, I exaggerate… it was only “brilliant” for about half an hour because the first 15 minutes was strictly “sci-fi-by-numbers” but the lull before the storm was all part of the fun. Continue reading