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Doctor Who XXXIV(8).7: Kill the Moon

October 4th, 2014 (09:15 pm)

Some very brief thoughts here. I did find it more compelling than last week, but I wonder whether it's the right direction to take.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/715301.html.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 5th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)

I didn't feel like the Doctor was treating Clara like an adult; for me, the adult thing to do would have been to participate and explain what he was doing, leaving to do some research with the intention of being back.

The slo-mo was a way of coding Clara and co as heroic - the Doctor, having left, wasn't being.

The Doctor and Clara having dinner in Nazi Germany is indeed taking this revival of the first Doctor's non-intervention policy to extremes. It's also a bad folk memory of that policy, rather as Anthony Ainley's Master came across as a misremembering of Roger Delgado's: in reality the non-interventionism was shown to be undermined from the first story.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 5th, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)

Sorry, I didn't make it clear. I think it's debatable whether the Doctor actually treated Clara like an adult. But Clara's rant sounded to me like she was complaining that she was being treated like an adult and wanted to be treated like a child e.g. the whole thing about not taking the stabilisers off the bike. As I implied, there are better reasons for criticising his absence.

slo-mo was a way of coding Clara and co as heroic

I know, but it still looked stupid, like a sketch-show parody of an action film. Especially as the base catching fire should be a serious problem that was ignored.

I suppose the bottom line is I have found the various attempts to darken the Doctor's character since the mid-eighties rather silly and pointless and that applies here too. A pity, as Capaldi has real potential.