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Doctor Who XXXI.9: Cold Blood

May 30th, 2010 (11:59 am)

Again, no long review from me this week, as it's promised elsewhere... but despite my high hopes I found this more uneven than last week. For most of the episode, characterization was uneven or just poor, with Amy in particular being reduced to a series of quips about Rio and wishing that the Doctor was around, and Nasreen too being poorly served; there needed to be much more focus on her sense of adventure. The conclusion felt like part of a different series; but lacked the impact it could have done; an indictment, I think, of the lack of consistency in both the writing or portrayal of Rory. As for the story's treatment of homo reptilia, the reverence given to Malcolm Hulke's original stories unfortunately included the didacticism and emphasis on material benefits over morality which Barry Letts excised from Doctor Who and the Silurians.

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Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: May 31st, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)

Chibnall.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 31st, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)

Yes.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 31st, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
liz shaw

emphasis on material benefits over morality

I don't think that is a bad thing. Nasreen (unfortunately) has a point predicting that humanity will not accept them out of the kindness of their hearts, and there was much emphasis esp. in this instalment on humanity not being at its best...