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Saturday, 23 August 2014
DOCTOR WHO: DEEP BREATH - BUT NOT ONE OF FRESH AIR...
Apparently, back in the 1950s & '60s, DC COMICS produced
their tales by coming up with what editors thought were intriguing
or compelling cover images and then having their writers create stories
around them. Having just watched the latest episode of DOCTOR WHO,
I'm more than ever convinced that STEVEN MOFFAT comes up with his
storylines the same way. "H'mm, a dinosaur in Victorian London would
be a great visual..." I can imagine him saying - and then sitting down
and working a story around that and other 'striking' images.
So what's new in the world of Doctor Who? What difference does
PETER CAPALDI make in the role? Not much to both questions it
has to be said. The plot was still a pile of outrageous sci-fi sh*te written
for geeks by a geek, and the Doctor still talks to himself far too much, and
veers between looking mean and moody and being a stand-up comedian
who dispenses humorous one-liners right, left and centre. And there was
the now obligatory same sex (but different species) kiss (masquerading
under 'first aid'), in the usual 'gay mafia' strategy to brainwash us into
accepting such scenes as a matter of course on all TV shows.
The first four episodes of the programme, broadcast in 1963, used
the sci-fi concept of the TARDIS to cast the four main protagonists in
an adventure set in the past. However, everything else about the situation
was straightforward, realistic drama. I've said before that I'd love to see
the Doc materialise in, let's say Edwardian London, and solve a murder
mystery that has absolutely no sci-fi connotations whatsoever.
However, I'm aware that Peter Capaldi's Doctor was still finding his
feet in this introductory episode. Let's hope we can now look forward
to the enigmatic 'stranger with a hint of danger' that the Doctor should
be, as opposed to the babbling idiot we've had to suffer in far too