Maybe she should be playing HAMLET?
Yup, in an amusing
moment during the latest DOCTOR WHO
episode commentary, featuring RTD
, STEVEN MOFFAT
and THE DOCTOR
himself, Davey T
realised that Stevey M
doesn't like to kill people in his stories but then added there was "old Billie"
who died "from old age." RTD
him but, of course
referring to Billy
the returning pop starlet. I will admit my ears did prick up at that point in their conversation thinking he'd just dropped a clunker
of a spoiler. For the 'record', SM
did add that people do
die from natural causes in his tales. Apparently the plot of his first story (to be broadcast in 2010, I assume)
So to his latest episode, FOREST OF THE DEAD
- part two to SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY
. I'll be utterly honest (not that I ever lie here)
and admit I was slightly
disappointed with this installment. Slightly
. And I cannot really put my finger on exactly why. All the excellent attributes from the first part existed here so it should have been as good. But during the story I found myself wanting more and certainly by the ending I felt unsatisfied. Don't get me wrong, it was still
brilliant but not the masterpiece I was expecting.
Looks like she'll need a trip to the emergency room after this...
Of course, judging like that
is ridiculous. Not everything is a masterpiece, the world is full of things that are enjoyable if
average. But FOTD
average. Not at all. But, the revelations of the computer and the girl weren't totally
unexpected. What was
unexpected was the VASHTA NERADA
and their disappearance from the story. Their threat was quickly diminished. While I'm on the negatives, the ending was bit long and got a tad RETURN OF THE KING~ish.
The idea of never dying doesn't appeal to me either. Especially
when it's just to keep a young girl amused for the rest of eternity.
He's bored 'cos she's just sacrificed herself. No sexy~time for you!THE DOCTOR'S
reaction to ANITA
being killed was overplayed (though excellently acted by DT)
; he didn't have much interaction with her yet he claimed she was his 'friend' and he got all upset. This wasn't helped by the fact that the actress playing her delivered an incredibly flat
performance and I, for one
, didn't engage with her character at all. That moment also provided another niggling issue, namely the Vashta Nerada (thousands, millions of them)
all being able to get their psychic abilities together (in a matter of seconds)
and talk to the Doctor. Those little guys also managed to read pretty quickly (in the biggest library in the universe remember)
to discover who he was.
Take two sonics into the shower?More?
Too much sonic though it was quite
pertinent to the story. And that brings me to my last gripe. Although it was a nice idea to turn the relationship between RIVER SONG
and The Doc
around, from her being the keeper of the 'spoilers' (that word got annoying too)
to him being the one who would know her destiny (albeit in their future)
, I felt it was quite similar to the trick used in TIME CRASH
. A future Doc relies on his memories of a younger Doc to save the situation.
Still, these points aside, it was
a terrific story. So let's look at the positives, and there's a few. The performances of DAVEY T
and ALEX KINGSTON
were spot on
but top marks and very
adult points go to CATHY T
for her part. She certainly got the most juiciest
role to play and got to show off her arsenal (though she does seem to cry, like, in every episode)
of actor~ing styles. Donna
and her journey in the virtual world (comically referred to as Cyber Space - I mean, we stopped calling it that back in '01, will it make a comeback in the 51st Century?)
was fascinating and the most compelling element of FOTD
Her domestic bliss was expertly juxtaposed, using televisual grammar, with the creepy return of MISS EVANGELISTA
. Ironically, considering the nature of this story, this was something I knew about having seen a picture of the playground scene some months ago. Damn my eyes!
Anyway, we got a saddening 'pay~off' when LEE
returned in the Library but was unable to speak in time to attract Donna
. I think we all went "Awww"
at that moment.
Typical cheap Stevey M 'monster'.EUROS LYN
showed us why he's gonna be back a lot more in the future for WHO (they let that slip in the commentary)
with supreme style creating and sustaining two very
different worlds. Gold stars to the CG
guys and gals again. Particularly
pleasing on the pupils was the scene where The Doc
dodged the Suit Creatures
and fell into the cityscape (see below)
"Don't you open that Trap Door!"
So, despite the gripes I have (and there seems to be a lot looking at what I've typed)
, as a story Stevey M
has delivered a tale with great scope and, as always, lots of neat ideas (if just simply repeated from his past glories)
. Almost everything about the two~parter was utterly
memorable and intriguing but it ain't
perfect. Though, I'll take slightly
less than perfect any day if it's as good
Hhmm, that sky looks familiar.. Thoros-Beta anyone?'Til the next time,C.