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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dr Who Season 8 Episode 2 Into the Dalek Review

Dr Who Season 8 Episode 2 Into the Dalek Review

I loved the opening of a distressed spaceship which never gets old.

The Clara and Danny Pink interaction was awkward for all concerned not just the characters; Dr Who has never done an awkward love story so awkwardly. Danny Pink got a good if long introduction. Clara's job role was forced down the audience throats repeatedly annoying. Journey Blue was an excellent supporting character.

This episode featured Dr Who's third chained Dalek called Rusty. This idea is overused plus going inside a Dalek is a good idea but not if you used cheap plastic cables. Classic Who got away with this New Who can't afford to be retro!

In short the episode felt like a remashing of 9th Doctor Episode Dalek with 11th Doctors Ayslum of the Daleks plus a squeeze of 11th Doctor Episode the Beast Below. The story ideas needed more development as it felt we were blowing up Daleks because that was what Dr Who does.

The episode showed us the Doctor's soul and I am concern that Peter Capolid's excellent serious Doctor lacks a fun sparkle which makes everything grave; not good for an adventure show for the family. 

The most annoying thing from this episode was everyone kept saying Rusty was a good Dalek but a person's actions make them good or bad. Rusty just widen his emtional compass by star gazing which for a Dalek is a huge achievement but does not make him good! 

Overall rating 5/10 

By Myriam Roberts 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Dr Who Season 8 'Deep Breath' Review

Myself and my fellow Dr Who Fans tracked to the cinema to watch 'Deep Breath'; which is what we took as this episode was very scary and an emotional ride.
The open of the episode features a new Dr Who theme tune and opening sequence arrangement using new cogs, clocks and planets whirling around the time vortex. The Tardis too has a simple redesign of orange colour and cogs. The 12th Doctor's screwdriver is the same as the 11th Doctor's. 
The episode itself was a mixed bag as the story starts as a detective story about a Dinosaur who gets barqued. Strax, Jenny and Vastar lend much needed familiar support as the 12th Doctor is confused, tried and needs to reboot himself and as does Clara. 
The performance of Peter Capolid as the 12th Doctor is a bewildered mercial man who is very much on the ball but has dangerous twinkle behide his overgrown eyebrows.  
Clara is very much disappointed, taken back by the regenerated Doctor and then terrified by her situation of being in human body part stealing robots restaurant kitchen! 
All the time she and the audience is wondering if the new Doctor really has her back?
I find the new direction refreshing and Peter's performance brings back the enigma into the Doctor's newly baked persona. This Doctor does not do flirting! Is he deathly to robots?
Pushed or jumped?   The episode leaves you guessing!
I did miss Matt Smith's 11th Doctor mad movements; the telephone call by 11th Doctor to Clara was wonderful as was Vastar's speech on acceptance.
Overall this episode felt like it was the set up to a longer game but it felt like a stop gap to a reboot of all the characters relationships not the 1st episode of the season.  Now that's out of the way bring on the adventure. Germiono!  
Episode Score 8/10 
By Myriam Roberts