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Doctor Who XXXV/9.11: Heaven Sent

November 29th, 2015 (02:52 am)

My thoughts on Heaven Sent

ETA - additions and amendments added this morning. (11.56am, Sunday 29 November)

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2015/11/29/heaven-sent.html.

Comments

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: November 29th, 2015 12:50 pm (UTC)
Victoria Waterfield

Best story since...Blink? Hell it might even be better than Blink. Fantastic piece of television.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 29th, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)

Yes. It grows in the memory, too.

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: November 29th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)

I thought it was brilliant-- the direction was amazing as was the performance. I was also struck by the constant deaths/resurrections as well as burial under what was apparently Cardiff Castle; both things associated with Jack as well. So that theme seems to be continuing, to the point where I've put in a suggestion in my diss that the dialogue between DW & TW at this point might be worth looking at academically.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 29th, 2015 11:32 pm (UTC)
Torchwood

Cardiff and Caerphilly, but still, yes. There are some people who expect John Barrowman to turn up next week!

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: November 30th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)

*snerk* If so, I'm asking for an extension on my diss!

Posted by: cynthia2015 (cynthia2015)
Posted at: November 30th, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)

The Doctor's a hybrid?. Unless his lying.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 30th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
parrot

Either the TV Movie has been rehabilitated, or he means Ashildr... But whatever the truth is, the Time Lords fear it.

Posted by: cynthia2015 (cynthia2015)
Posted at: November 30th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)

There must be a reason why the Doctor has a slightly different mindset from the Time Lord's. Maybe in the old series they could have said he was a rebel. But now the Doctor has confessed that he didn't leave Gallifrey because he was bored.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 30th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
MummyIcon

Thank you! I'm glad you liked the review. I wouldn't be surprised at all if there was a third option still for the Hybrid's identity.

You might also like Frank Collins's review, I suspect.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: December 1st, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
Leekley

Only just seen this as I've been out of the country. I thought it was very good, although at times it was hard to watch in my current mental state - too much death and bleakness (how much of what happens in the Confession Dial is 'real'? Just how old is he now?).

It reminded me a bit of The Prisoner: Once Upon a Time and Babylon 5: Intersections in Real Time, the latter in particular being, on one level, treading water with the series arc, but on another level, a self-justifying bravura piece of writing and acting.

I do wonder what Moffat intends to do with Gallifrey - something good, I hope, more Deadly Assassin than [Story] Arc of Infinity.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 1st, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)

To the last point, I suspect Deadly Assassin, with a touch of the 1980s Doctor Who comic strip depiction of the Time Lords, as written by Steve Parkhouse and drawn by Dave Gibbons or Mick Austin.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: December 1st, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
Leekley

Forgot to say: you're right that it's hard to imagine Matt Smith - or many of the other Doctors - dealing with this episode the same way Capaldi does. Not a criticism of past Doctors! Just an indication of how well-tailored this was to Capaldi's strengths as an actor... and to Moffat's strengths as a writer; this was clearly a post-Sherlock script in the way that The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances was a post-Coupling script.