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Revisited - Doctor Who XXXV/9.4: Before the Flood

October 11th, 2015 (09:40 pm)

I've been mulling over my response to last night's Doctor Who, and perceived negativity in my review and others, so here is a more positive take, posted at The Event Library only to save space on timelines.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2015/10/11/doctor-who-xxxv94-before-the-flood-revisited.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 11th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)

There's a lot that can be said about who narrates Doctor Who, especially given the occasional use of the title sequences to represent either space/the time vortex OR the Doctor's thought processes (e.g. Day of the Daleks, The Brain of Morbius).

I really didn't find this bleak, and was surprised to see that as a criticism online, especially as, at the moment, my mental health being what it is, I'm extra sensitive to bleakness. Dark, yes, but not bleak, which would imply an absence of hope (I find Donna's fate bleak, and a lot of the late Davies era). I suppose 'bleak' is a subjective term.

I like The Horns of Nimon too! And the Williams era as a whole. But I suspect you already knew that.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 12th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)

There is a phase in the story where there seems to be an absence of hope; though it was pointed out to me by crouchinglynx that lots of people had decided the Doctor had to be in the sarcophagus, and they were right. Otherwise there seems to be too much in the world dividing people at the moment and people being hurt, and this is emerging in the way they write about Doctor Who.

I'd not thought of the precedents for the title sequence variation.

Self-documenter or indeed promoter that I am, I'd been longing to share this TARDIS cutting for ages...

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 12th, 2015 10:04 am (UTC)

I think Doctor Who fandom has long been divided in different ways. This does at least allow for a variety of opinions.

I forgot to say that there's nothing wrong with looking with looking to old Who for precedents. Denofgeek.com does it every week, often taking it to extremes, in my opinion, by which I mean that some of the 'references' they find are surely coincidental.