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Doctor Who XXXVII/11.8 - The Witchfinders (and Tides of Time)

November 30th, 2018 (02:48 am)

My review, this week at the Doctor Who News Page's reviews section.

Afterword on my review, at The Event Library

Also, news on the publication of issue 42 of the Oxford-based Doctor Who fanzine, The Tides of Time.

Also posted at https://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2018/11/30/doctor-who-xxxvii118-the-witchfinders-and-tides-of-time.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 30th, 2018 12:21 pm (UTC)

As with Demons of the Punjab, I disliked this more than most people, feeling that 'diversity' didn't apply to me. Doctor Who has been anti-religious before, but doing it while preaching tolerance and diversity felt more painful than something like The Face of Evil which is just clear that religion is 'wrong.' And I know the writers probably didn't intended to use an antisemitic trope, but it's still there.

Unlike, Demons, though, which was clearly good television despite my reservations, I really can't see what people see in The Witchfinders. It seemed very tired and badly structured to me, with a central guest performance that seemed out of kilter with the usual style; I felt Alan Cumming's performance seemed to have come out of a missing episode of Blackadder II rather than the programme's new house style. And all the historical inaccuracies annoyed me after Rosa and Demons - which I guess is partly personal again, as this is a period, and a topic, I have studied in detail, and the seventeenth century is probably my favourite century (to study, not to live in!).