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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.

Comments

Posted by: jackfirecat (jackfirecat)
Posted at: October 5th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)

I really liked it. The first one in this series I've been able to say that about. It worked for me as a story, with drama, characters developed well-enough previously that Clara's slo-mo moment made perfect dramatic sense, and a big sort-of-SF idea (the moon hatching) behind it. The last element wasn't necessarily done as well as it could have been (space dragon bit lame) in perfect world, but an acceptable infelicity, for me, given the preceding and the ambition.

(Whereas a 'planet-destroyer' that couldn't shoot straight and looked like it was made by Blue Peter; a new power of putting people to sleep and messing with their minds by a touch of fingertips; Coupling scenes, and other things have thrown me out of willing collusion, suspension of disbelief, in earlier episodes.)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 5th, 2014 10:59 pm (UTC)

The characterisation was good; almost too good given the way the Doctor is being presented and his betrayal of the trust the audience and Clara have in him. High concept SF idea, yes, but I see why so many people are distressed by the rest of the science in the episode.