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Doctor Who XXXIV(8).6: The Caretaker

September 28th, 2014 (03:04 am)

Reviewed, over at The Event Library

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2014/09/28/doctor-who-xxxiv-86-the-caretaker.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: September 28th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)

As usual, I disagree! I saw it as a return to ho-hum after a couple of good episodes. Not by any means bad, but nothing special. I liked Gareth Robert's previous 'Doctor undercover' episodes a lot, but I think the sub-genre has already exhausted itself.

The Doctor seems to have forgotten that his best friend was a soldier-turned-maths teacher (it wouldn't be so bad had the Brigadier not been explicitly mentioned again in The Wedding of River Song not to mention his appearance in The Sarah Jane Adventures - he can't be dismissed as obscure). Despite all this, I would buy it if we were given a clearer reason on screen for his animosity than pure prejudice. I really hope Moffat is going somewhere clever with this, rather than just, "Oh, Danny isn't so bad after all."

I am also not sure whether I find Clara likeable or supremely irritating. Possibly both. However, I may have been unconsciously influenced by fandom here. She certainly seems to have been written to appeal to fans rather than as a real character, though there is an argument that that is not a problem in a programme as fantastical as Doctor Who (e.g. the popular companions of the mid-to-late seventies).

At any rate, you are right that her relationship with Danny needs to be developed beyond arguing. I am sure I'm not the only person surprised at her declaration of love after a handful of rushed dates.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: September 28th, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)

Part of the problem is that we only see the rushed dates, and have to assume that there is more going on.