Sunday, May 14, 2017
In Which I Review Doctor Who (10x5)
"space station" wouldn't be on anyone's list of places or times to travel when the entirety of universal history is open to them. It seemed a fairly standard piece of NuWho, a one-off that doesn't leave any lasting impressions and is quickly forgotten a few days after airing. Boy, was I wrong about all of that. It's true that this is a very classic episode of Doctor Who with a whole lot of running down corridors and an inexplicable and close save at the end of the day, but there are a few points that make this week's episode more than just a typical danger-in-space sort of romp. Take a deep breath, monitor your oxygen levels and let's go!
--"Space....the final frontier." Yes, let's combine all my favorite science-fiction things into one. I approve!
--The BBC should probably get the rights to the idea of "The Walking Dead in Space" before AMC snatches it up and makes it into a seven series show.
--"What do you want from me?" "The truth." "Don't be unreasonable."
--I've been questioning what Nardole's purpose is, and I still don't quite know, but he's got excellent comedic chemistry with Bill and the Doctor so that's a step in the right direction.
--"I thought I sent you to Birmingham for a packet of crisps!" "Yeah. I saw through your clever ruse."
--I don't have much to say on Bill this week but she continues to shine as our new companion. I thought her "death" scene was very emotional. I also like that the Doctor doesn't seem bothered by all the hugs.
--"Do people ever hit you?" "Only when I'm talking."
--So, what does dying in space have to do with crop rotation?
--"I've got some spare eyes somewhere. I think they're from a lizard..."