The End is Near

So David Tennant has decided to leave Doctor Who after next year’s set of 4 specials. I can understand his desire to leave while he is still popular and before the role becomes a chore but I will shed a tear when the regeneration finally takes place.

David made this role his own through 3 series and became my favourite Doctor ever – debunking the myth that your favourite is the one you grew up with (sorry Jon and Tom). He is one of the main reasons that this show has been a successful revival. He is a great actor and protrayed the ultimate loneliness of the Doctor better than anyone else.

Let’s hope that next year’s storylines give him a fitting send off.

OMG

[ Shocked Mood: Shocked ]
If this is to be RTD’s last fling on Doctor Who as head writer, he is certainly going out with a bang. If you have seen the trailer for Stolen Earth you already know he’s throwing the kitchen sink at this one!

All his previous companions are there except Mickey. Torchwood are involved as is Sarah Jane and Luke and there is a small but crucial role for Harriet Jones (former Prime Minister). There is a visit to the much mentioned Shadow Proclamation for the Doctor and Donna.

As for the action, the Daleks are up to their old tricks again and have managed to transport the Earth across space as part of some diabolical plan being hatched by Davros – yes he’s back! I’ve been hoping for his return since the revamped series began.

RTD has managed to pull it all together brilliantly and set up a cliffhanger that was a shock to me – how they have kept it secret I don’t know – maybe I am not visiting the right sites! I won’t tell you what has happened but my 10 year old son was in floods of tears at the end of the episode.

Just brilliant I can’t wait for next week now – especially as they didn’t have their normal trailer at the end of the program – I’m more excited about a children’s show than a man in his forties has any right to be. I’m off to watch it all again. Very Happy

Midnight

[ Angelic Mood: Angelic ]
The latest Doctor Who episode is the one were Russell T. Davies proves he still has what it takes to write a great Doctor Who script.

The Doctor and Donna are taking a break and the Doctor leaves Donna behind as he goes on a day trip. Unfortunately, the ship he is travelling in breaks down on the surface of the inhospitable, lifeless planet and there is a knock on the door…

This is a nice little episode filmed mostly in the claustrophobic interior of the ship. When the ship breaks down and an alien presence makes itself known, the terror, confusion and paranoia of the passengers is well played out.

Next week we start building towards the end of series finale with the return of Rose Tyler. After all the teasers throughout the series, it will be interesting to see how they bring her back.

Genesis of the Daleks

[ Sleepy Mood: Sleepy ]
An online DVD store in the UK had some old Doctor Who DVDs going cheap so I bought myself four – 3 Dalek ones and a Cyberman one. The first one that I watched was Genesis of the Daleks starring Tom Baker and written by Terry Nation. I grew up with the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker Doctors so I probably saw this storyline when it was first broadcast in 1975.

I’ve got to say that this is a magnificent story. The Doctor has been set back in time to Skaro to stop the creation of the Daleks. The tone is very dark for a children’s TV series with thinly veiled references to totalitarianism, genocide and the holocaust. It stands up to the current series very well – OK the sets are a bit dodgy and Tom hams it up when he is attacked by the Dalek biological organisms – but all in all an excellent example of what the show was able to produce on a shoestring budget compared with today’s series.

Library Tales Too

[ Happy Mood: Happy ]
Well the latest Doctor Who has wrapped up the Library two parter by Steven Moffat. Like all good writers he has answered most of the mysteries set up in the first part while leaving some open for exploration in further episodes.

Listening to the commentary for this episode, it would appear that Moffat has known about his takeover for a lot longer than it has been known generally. I wonder if these last two episodes have been a chance for him to set up some new mysteries surrounding the Doctor than will be investigated during his tenure as lead writer.

His episodes have consistently been among the best of the revamped series and these two set in the Library are no different. Great stuff.

Library Tales

[ Happy Mood: Happy ]
Given the news that Steven Moffat is to take over as lead writer of Doctor Who from series 5, the episode broadcast on Saturday takes on extra significance.

Silence in the Library is the first part of a two part story written by Steven Moffat. Of course he is not new to the revamped Doctor Who. He wrote the excellent Girl in the Fireplace and managed to create the most terrifying monsters in the excellent episode Blink – no mean feat as we never see them move. So the signs are good even without taking his other writing into account.

So how did he fare? It is only halfway through the story but the signs are good. The story is building tension nicely and looks like it will be one of the highlights of this series. Moffat seems to me to be a writer of the old school when children used to watch Doctor Who with their hands over their eyes or from behind the sofa because of the delicious fear they got from the show. Not only has he made statues of angels appear terrifying he has now turned his attention to the primal fear of invisible things lurking in the shadows/dark – how will parents ever get young children to sleep again.

Also there is a lot of mention of spoilers in this episode – a subject sure to freeze the blood of any TV fan. Donna is told not to look in the books as they are from the future and so contain spoilers as to the future of mankind. But the Doctor is also prevented from reading the diary of River Song for the same reason because she has chronicled all of their encounters but this is their first meeting for him.

The fear factor is high and there are a number of intriguing mysteries to solve or to linger over in future episodes. So once again I am excited about Doctor Who and can’t wait until Saturday. Well done Mr. Moffat!

Murder, Mystery and Giant Wasps

[ Sleepy Mood: Sleepy ]
[ Watching The Apprentice: You're Fired! Currently: Watching The Apprentice: You’re Fired! ]
Watched the latest Doctor Who tonight. Like most of the episodes so far this series, it was not bad but it was not really great either. It’s a shame but this year’s series has not really caught fire yet.

I can’t put my finger on why I am not enjoying this series as much as the previous ones. I think, after the high quality of some of the stories from the last series I came into this series too excited and the episodes have not met my expectations.

There is some hope for the future in that the second half of each series so far has been much better than the first half. Also the writer of my favourite episode, Blink, has a two part story coming up – if that fails to excite then I’m afraid this series may be a bit of a dud overall. Let’s hope that they can pull it out of the bag and start building up to a great end of series finale.