Apple's new iDriver proved popular with Time Lords...
Except when you've got an immense episode of DOCTOR WHO
to re~watch (again)
and evaluate. Plus there's the season finale of LOST (more of that in another post)
but I'll stick to STEVEN "How Come The Viewing Figures For His Stories Are Always So Flippin' Low?" MOFFAT
and his latest creation, SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY
. Not only do SPOILERS
play a big part in the story itself but also in this review so, if you haven't seen this installment, I would strongly
suggest you do not
continue with this
post. Though, if you were one of the 13 million or so
watching BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT
and not DW
I don't want you here.
There's a version for girls too!
The opening was awe
inspiring and possibly
the best pre~titles sequence ever; truly intriguing with a good ole
breaking down of a door, courtesy of CATHY T (more of her later)
. Top marks to THE MOFF
all round for keeping the mystery and suspense ramped up - though, to be honest
, I don't really give two hoots
for the dark but then, I am quite
old and live beside a graveyard. First up, though, what about the cast?
Count the shadows - ok, but we'll be here a long flippin' time.
A gold star, and maybe even
some special extra points, for the casting here. ALEX "Corr, I Remember 'Moll Flanders' You Know - Knockers!" KINGSTON purrs
her way through the episode in an almost
sexual manner. Easy to believe that she would have some
kind of relationship with The Doctor (for the record, I am spoiler~free so I don't know the nature of it)
. It was nice to an 'idiot' on the show, namely MISS EVANGELISTA
played superbly by TALULAH "Corr, I Remember 'St Trinians' You Know - S~Bag!" RILEY
. Her death scene was tops and STEVEY M
's concept of the DATA GHOST
was pretty chilling. As well as being damn
It's a credit to the rest of them that they pulled off their parts (stop it)
so convincingly with such little screen time. COLIN SALMON
and was very nearly
acted off the screen by his co~star EVE NEWTON
playing 'THE GIRL
'. Some real
good stuff between these two (particularly when he revealed her nightmares were real!)
and I look forward to what the next part brings up. PROPER DAVE
and OTHER DAVE
were an amusing inclusion and the former one's death, like Miss Evangelista's
, was well executed and
meaningful. Though the character of ANITA
didn't really have much to do.
"Cry for help, with a kiss?"
As always, with this series, CATHY T
and DAVEY T
shine like big shiny things in their respective roles. Their opening scenes were most gigglesome
and the chemistry is as strong as ever: Donna
asks (in an almost meta~tv style)
, "Isn't Travelling With You One Big Spoiler?"
and The Doc
retorts, "I try to keep you away from major plot developments." Nice
's scenes with AK
were terrific with both shooting full barrels (if you pardon the expression)
on the ole
"Oh, I'm pretty boy"
I've found the music this series a bit repetitive but MURRAY GOLD
here. Lots of subtle moments and never
over~powering - taking the 'silence' from the title literally. Particularly
interesting was the bassy~synth
sound that 'appeared' whenever VASHTA NERADA (isn't that the name of a folk singer?)
was mentioned. Well done Muzza
! Returning to the show was director EUROS LYN
who always delivers in a groin~grabbingly
masterful fashion. Great camera movement and framing.
Coruscant never looked better...
work depicting the planet was also expertly realised. And just how did they create that monster? [coughs]
Of course, much of this episode's success is down to THE MOFF
who has created a story of some wit, great scope and infernal intrigue. The NODES
, like the previously mentioned DATA GHOST
, were a simple, yet effective concept. Difficult, though, to judge the story completely - as Bon Jovi
would say, we're only half~way there
. Lots of unanswered questions (as it should be)
, like what's the deal with this book:
Cue gag - is the book bigger on the inside?
And is Donna really
dead? (Surely not, we've seen her in the trailer for other episodes)
. 'The Girl' and 'Dr Moon' - are they real? When did/does THE DOCTOR actually
meet RIVER SONG
? How the flip
did she get a Sonic
? Et al
. I will say that despite the episode's general great~ness
, there are a couple of points that slightly concerned me. Only slightly
Anyone else reminded of Peter Gabriel~era GENESIS? Just me then...
A number of themes and images were re~used by STEVEY M
. Now, this isn't necessarily
a bad thing as nobody else does 'time' stories like him (well, nobody that writes for WHO at least)
and relationships are always integral - strong notions of lurve and loss etc...
But, the Suit Creature
was very similar to The Empty Child
- a human that's been changed by alien forces; in a mask; and constantly repeating the same phrase. The use of a television for the Doctor
to communicate with some outside his own space (and perhaps time, we don't know yet)
was a big part of BLINK
and plays a significant role here too.
Don't blink, don't even - Oh hold on, that was another episode...
We also get statues, of a sort, too. AND
we get a woman who has met The Doc
in his future. Still, these are minor points as SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY
was pleasing in a trouser~tighteningly brain~popping
fashion. One can only hope that part two to this terrific tale, FOREST OF THE DEAD
, satisfyingly delivers. If you want to some footage from the next installment, then visit BLOGTOR WHO
Nice '8 Shot' from Euros.'Til the next time,C.