Tonight I am between the two days of intense work. Longer hours, fewer days. It’s woirking so far. Tonight I also caught up on the last two episodes of Dr. Who on the BBC iPlayer.
Peter Capaldi is an excellent Doctor in my book. Curmudgeonly and capricious, rather like the original William Hartnell version. The story writers, however, need a damn good kick up the arse.
The Robin Hood episode was fun and obviously ties in with an overall theme (robots looking for Silicon Heaven) that is running through the series. But getting a spaceship into orbit by firing a gold arrow at it, which magically gives it a power boost just by getting stuck in the superstructure… that is incredibly silly. Especially since the alien robots had spent many years casting engine parts from gold. If all they had to do was throw it at the ship, why didn’t they?
I’d be embarrassed if I had published a story like that.
The second one (actually number 4 in this series) was called ‘Listen’. In this one we really saw William Hartnell in Peter Capaldi, where he insists that the Tardis ‘has to recharge’ so he can spend more time on the planet at the end of the universe. Hartnell used a similar trick in the very first Dalek episodes. He claimed the ‘fluid link’ was broken and he needed to get more mercury, so they just had to investigate the Dalek city. Nearly got them all killed and would have if it wasn’t for the fact that most of the Daleks were just painted on the walls.
Yep, this new Doctor is a lot like the first one. The best one. He just does not care
‘Listen’ could have, and should have, been a hell of a lot more horrific. The potential was there for something terrifying. Personally I would have taken it much, much further… but then again, it goes on TV at 7 pm so I suppose the mollifying ending was justified. They just get Outraged of Tunbridge Wells phoning in again if they do it properly.
The story made sense, which is something stories really have to do. The Roibin Hood one could have but the arrow bit was just too daft.
‘Listen’ also gave me ideas, dark and nasty ideas, the best kind. I used the idea of ‘The Hiding’ in ‘Jessica’s Trap’ but had not extended it to a species. It was just a fallen angel spell.
When you look in the closet or under your bed, you see nothing. But if a creature had developed to the point where it was perfectly hidden at all times then ‘nothing’ is just what you would expect to see.
Haloween is coming…