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“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

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“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

“Turn Left” – Review: Redux

Donna Noble “She told me to warn you. She said two words.”
The Doctor “What two words? What were they? What did she say?”
Donna Noble “Bad Wolf.”

Turn Left

In much the same way that Martha Jones’ arrival in Torchwood for three episodes heralded the beginning of a trilogy of stories focusing on Owen Harper, “Turn Left” sees the hotly anticipated return of Rose in a story focusing heavily on the new companion, Donna.  Many will argue that this is all just and proper given the tour de force that Catherine Tate delivered up to and including this, the 11th episode of Series Four. The same people will be bleating that Ms Tate acted Ms Piper off the screen.  They may, just, have a point… Catherine Tate was magnificent.  At its core, this was an episode about looking back but not so much tying up loose ends as going back and unravelling what had happened since before the Doctor and Donna first met back in The Runaway Bride.  As the tapestry of Earth’s history was disentangled, we were treated to the kind of twisted history tale that is the dream of fanboys (and girls) up and down the country, myself included I should add. Continue reading

“Midnight” – Review: Redux

Dee Dee Blasco & Sky Silvestry “We must not look at goblin men.”
Biff Cane & Sky Silvestry “What’s that supposed to mean?”
The Doctor & Sky Silvestry “It’s a poem. Christina Rossetti.”
Dee Dee Blasco & Sky Silvestry “We must not look at goblin men / We must not buy their fruits / Who knows upon what soil they fed / Their hungry, thirsty roots?”
The Doctor & Sky Silvestry “Actually, I don’t think that’s helping.”

Midnight

Ladies and gentlemen and variations thereupon, if you’re not watching along with this marathon, then you’re going to regret missing “Midnight”. It is seriously good. Just at the time when the soon to be gone Russell T Davies got an OBE for his efforts and the vocal minority were bemoaning the fact that their anti-hero was penning all the remaining episodes in Series 4, the great man served up a real treat with this one. A claustrophobic slice of hardcore sci-fi that, even the folk who love him didn’t think that he would deliver.  Who said he didn’t have it in him? Go on, hands up.  Other than the pre-credits sequence, when the Doctor asks both Donna and the viewer “What could possibly go wrong?”, and the unusually downbeat final scene, the rest of the episode took place inside the cabin of a tourist vehicle on the eponymous planet. Continue reading

“Forest of the Dead” – Review: Redux

River Song “If you die here, it will mean I never met you.”
The Doctor “Time can be rewritten.”
River Song: “Not those times. Not one line. Don’t you dare.”

The Forest of the Dead

The genius of this piece is the added irony that it depicts both River’s last meeting with the Doctor and his first meeting with her. Well, this statement would have been true had not, River from “The Day of the Doctor”, implied that she was visiting Vashtra, Straxx, Jenny et al from after her death/upload seen here at the end of “Forest of the Dead”.  I’d hazard a guess that Audrey Niffenegger’s book, The Time Traveller’s Wife would have been just out of shot of Steven’s bookcase that had appeared in the accompanying Doctor Who Confidential instalment. This appetiser of Moffat-era Doctor Who, is all the more interesting in that it features David Tennant in the role. We know, anecdotally, that there was an initial plan to keep him in the role after Russell T Davies left, so the chemistry between Tennant and Kingston is a taste of what might have been. Continue reading

“Silence in the Library” – Review: Redux

Proper Dave “Who turned out the lights?”

The Silence In The Library

It was back in 2008, during the revived Doctor Who’s fourth series, when we found out that Russell T Davies would be leaving the show and a new Executive Producer was being lined up. It came as a surprise to precisely no-one at all that the replacement was to be Steven Moffat. He had previously delivered unto us “The Empty Child”, “The Doctor Dances”, “The Girl in the Fireplace”, “Blink” and “Time Crash” and they had all been bloody brilliant. Completists may even look to “The Curse of Fatal Death” and proclaim that to be not too shabby either. My recollection is that The Moff was universally adored at about this time. Of course, I am sure that there are those who would look back on these stories and explain in meticulous detail why they are not big fans of Moffat’s early dalliances with writing Who, but in various corners of the internet in which I am known to inhabit there is now as much Moffat-bashing taking place as there was RTD-bashing back in 2008. It was ever thus.  Continue reading

“The Unicorn and the Wasp” – Review: Redux

Donna “No, but isn’t that a bit weird? Agatha Christie didn’t walk around surrounded by murders, not really. I mean that’s like meeting Charles Dickens, and he’s surrounded by ghosts, at Christmas.”
The Doctor “Well…”
Donna Noble “Oh come on! It’s not like we could drive across country and find Enid Blyton having tea with Noddy. Could we? Noddy’s not real. Is he? Tell me there’s no Noddy!”

The Unicorn and the Wasp

At the end of Series Three, when the Doctor assumes that he’s about to fly off for more adventures, he mentions that he’d like to meet Agatha Christie, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that here at the midpoint of Series Four, we are presented with a murder mystery featuring none other than Agatha Christie herself and, to be honest with you, I really didn’t know what to make of it. It was clearly an homage to the writer herself and the whodunnit genre in general but was it supposed to be a pastiche, or a comedy, or a proper whodunnit, or just harmless fun, or, more simply, the calm before the storm of the end of the season? May be all of the above but I thought it was only okay. When I re-read my original blog review of “The Unicorn and the Wasp”, I saw that I had watched the episode three times during its first week after broadcast, which could lead to the obvious question of “Why watch something that was “only okay” three times?” I hear you cry. Well, the reason is probably that I am just a big old fanboy at heart and will inevitably quite enjoy any old tosh that comes with a Doctor Who label. Continue reading