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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

“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

“Blink” – Review: Redux

The Doctor “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a nonlinear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.”

Blink

It might have just been me, and judging by reaction elsewhere I could be right that it is only me, but “Blink” wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. You’d think that this might teach me (once again) not to believe the hype generated by an online fan community, I had been hearing tales of RTD being positively chilled as he viewed the rushes during production and scoring it as 5-and-a-half out of 5. It is, without doubt it is an episode that stays with the viewer. For about a week after first watching “Blink” I remember that every time I saw a statue in the background of a news report or if I caught a glimpse of one in any TV programme, I would whisper to my wife “Whatever you do, don’t blink!” (Yes, I am an absolute joy to live with). Continue reading

“The Family of Blood” – Review: Redux

Tim Latimer “Because I’ve seen him. He’s like fire and ice and rage. He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun. He’s ancient and forever… He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe… And… he’s wonderful.”

Family of Blood

I thought that there was, quite simply, no way that “The Family Of Blood” could live up to the greatness of part one of the story, “Human Nature” that we watched yesterday, despite the fact that that episode blasted onto the screen in the midst of battle and the fact that the events unfolded with the pace to which we’ve become so accustomed, there was a gentleness, almost melancholia, about the John and Joan love story that raised this story head and shoulders above others. The second half of most of the two-parters that have graced our screens over the first three series have been a little bit weaker than its preceding instalment. Additionally, “Human Nature” was such a fantastic 45-minutes of TV that it was always going to be nigh-on-impossible to top. Or so you’d think. In the immediate aftermath of this episode, the ever-interesting polls that are held after each transmission over on the fans’ forums, where readers are asked to vote on marks out 10 or some-such, showed that of the 37 episodes of new Doctor Who, these two episodes sat proudly in positions one and two with an average score (on Outpost Gallifrey at any rate) of over 94%…. and for a fickle community, that’s quite an achievement. Continue reading