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Doctor Who XXXIV(8).8: Mummy on the Orient Express

October 11th, 2014 (09:49 pm)

In another place: Don't stop them now, they're having such a good time

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2014/10/11/mummy-on-the-orient-express.html.

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Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 12th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
Leekley

I suspect I think more positively of the Moffat era than you do, but what you say here makes a lot of sense to me, explaining why I haven't enjoyed much Who post-89 in any medium as much as Who pre-89 or even earlier (notwithstanding my fondness for the DWM comic).

As I said in my comment below, I would certainly like to see a less introspective Doctor, one who just went out and had adventures, rather than continual attempts to darken the character or make him more 'realistic'.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 12th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Leekley

I was dreading this, fearing it would be another story where a (stupid) title preceded the story itself (which it was) with terrible consequences (which it didn't have). It had strong echoes of the early to mid-seventies: a mythological horror and pig-headed authority figures, plus a strange and possibly unintentional parallel to The Avengers' The Superlative Seven. But it didn't feel tired or cliched, even if the science fiction and historical aspects did not entirely sit easily with each other.

Perkins' wisdom is unusual for new Who inasmuch as it comes neither from a (semi-)regular or real life historical figure.

I could do without all the borderline-narcissistic introspection among the regulars, though, but that's an endemic problem to new Who and perhaps to Western society. And I do hope that's the last "Are you my mummy?" reference.