Here we finally are in my odyssey through time and a bit of space to the current incumbent to call himself the Doctor. This is my seventh post today, so I appreciate you guys for putting up with me all over your news feed thingys and email accounts and also and most importantly for reading, but I digress: Matt Smith, the latest incarnation is a great actor but I didn’t really gel with his Doctor for a good while, perhaps it was the script writing or maybe I was just in a constant irritable mood but the high points from his Doctor came in fits and starts I thought.
He had some cracking episodes though, don’t get me wrong: Vincent and the Doctor, The Snowmen and The Curse of the Black Spot were my particular favourites but this one gets the metaphorical (and physical, just so you know) nod as it involves the longest serving companion and featured in a new guise to boot.
Neil Gaiman – the writer of the magnificent Sandman series as well as stuff I haven’t read such as Stardust, Neverwhere, Coraline and many others – was the creator of this particular adventure and he chooses to deal with an often overlooked relationship hidden in plain sight but rarely addressed.
Happily with the highlighting of said relationship, we also get treated to a good dollop of humour, some awesomely sinister bits, pacy scripting and some rather good special effects as well as the odd blast from the past and who doesn’t love a good dollop of self referencing.
With such a small cast for this one, there is an intimate feel which is strangely at odds when set against the hugeness of the scope, with the distances crossed and the vastness of the TARDIS coming to the fore. It’s an intriguing mix, taken with Smith’s acting range, which really shines through in this episode it brings to the fore the talent he has, more so than in some of the offerings of his reign.
This is a friendly episode, by which I mean it is good for new and old fans to sample and has something for everyone and shows the sheer spectrum of places a Who story can go to at any moment, within a fleeting instant the feel of the show changes and keeps you on your toes, which is always when modern who is at its best.
So there you have it, an episode from each Doctor. I hope that my swift guide was of some help to your novices and brought back some good memories for the veteran fans. I shall add more Doctor posts perhaps in another fifty years as I will have just about recovered then. Apologies if some of my writing is moderately jaded, seven posts in twelve hours will do that to a chap.