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Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 - The Return of Doctor Mysterio

December 27th, 2016 (12:35 am)

I've reviewed The Return of Doctor Mysterio as the additional reviewer for the Doctor Who News Page, and you can find the review here. Look at Matt Hills's lead review for the site too - it makes lots of excellent points, including recognising the breakthrough in Bill's line about using the toilet on the TARDIS.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/863829.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: December 27th, 2016 10:17 am (UTC)

I really liked it! The best Christmas special (the fact there wasn't much Christmas probably helped - I find it hard to connect to that). Although no one seems to have pointed out the plot is that of Aliens of London: aliens with opening heads crash a spaceship into a major city as part of a plot to bring get VIPs to go to a particular place so they can assasinate them. EDIT: brains in jars is quite Keys of Marinus-ey too.

Edited at 2016-12-27 09:05 pm (UTC)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 27th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
Hartnell words

The similarities to Aliens of London were definite, yes - there's a review at Memorabilia Antonina which points them out. Familiarity breeds familiarity, is I suspect the theory, and it seems to have worked.

The word is that those at the top are generally happy with the episode's reception, and they should be.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: December 28th, 2016 09:27 am (UTC)

It just occured to me that Aliens of London was over a decade ago, the same gap between The Daleks and Planet of the Daleks, so perhaps the repetition is excusable. I prefered The Return of Doctor Mysterio to Aliens of London anyway.