Saturday, 1 November 2014

"My Doctor Smith what big eyes you have!... all the better to twinkle at you my dear"....

I think that Matt Smith's Doctor would have been far more comfortable capering about with kiddies and wolves in that overgrown, forested-up Trafalgar Square episode. Smith's youth banter skills were well-established in his first season  and it's easy to imagine him skipping about Pied-Piper-like at the head of a line of little year 7's, checking their lunchboxes for offensive yoghurts and clowning his way through the egg and spoon race. Smith's  fairytale credentials are also impeccable: Little girls in red anoraks wandering dark forests would be right up his street, even if  he forgot to go back for them.

On the other hand, I don't think that this new Doctor likes kids. He wouldn't be my first choice for babysitter. You might return home to find that Smith had trashed the kitchen units, but at least your kids wouldn't be found upstairs gibbering under their duvet, terrified to even lift their feet out of the  bed and trudge warily into a future of fear and insignificance. (Not that I'm sure that his dislike of children really matters - the show might be for kids, but that doesn't mean that there necessarily has to be any actually in it - at least not as good guys anyway. All it does is give the Doctor a child-endangerment liability of Batman-size proportions)

Furthermore, the whole 'the bad guy is really are reflection of the Doctor'  angle would have worked much better here for Smith. His lean, slick-haired 'sexy' look is far more lupine than Capaldi's post-hibernation,grumpy emaciated badger vibe.

As it was, I think for Capaldi the old adage is true: Never work with kids or animals....

Or I tell you what else: Never work with planets, or moons, or any other enemies bigger than say ...Norfolk.... This has been the second episode where there's been a big whole-planety mooney type threat. The scale just doesn't work. Capaldi's Doctor works best when he's got someone to be grumpy with, where as here communication  is reduced to looking at shots of the earth as it turns green  or the lights go on and off. It is no good on this level. The best and scariest baddies so far in Nu-Who have been a lost kid in a gas-mask and a mad, possessed woman on a bus who repeats everything that you say. A kid hiding under a blanket will do - we don't need to see the Doctor threatened by a whole biosphere.......

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