Doctor Who: 2013 Season
observations by: GF Willmetts
As with the SFCrowsnest Forum in recent years and this time there and here on the SFCrowsnest.org.uk, my comments on the latest season of ‘Doctor Who’. These will mostly be impressions – here’s my Doctor one, still ‘Geronimo!’ – rather than intentional plot spoilers. If you’re living in a country that hasn’t seen these episodes yet, read with caution but I’m not going to give too much away. If you can watch it first, that’s even better.
The Bells Of St John by Steven Moffat – 30 March 2013
The title is a bit of a misnomer as it doesn’t have anything to do with the story other than the unexplained reason why the Doctor went clerical back in 1207.
I’m glad I don’t use Wi-Fi. Those of you who do and press any unfamiliar option, take this story as a suitable option to break the habit.
Clara Oswald is still a governess of sorts. I suspect show-runner Steven Moffat is creating an arc to see if you can out-think either him or the Doctor although I doubt if there’s any free trips in the TARDIS if you do. I do have one particular ponderance as to her multitudes. Expand her abbreviated initials.
The intro music has returned the rather distinctive original bass guitar beat into the mix.
The plot revolves around a being whom we don’t see until the end wanting to download personalities into its mind cloud for some nefarious use. It selects Clara Oswald and the Doctor has to rescue her. The head of the operation, doesn’t even have a name until the end which considerably reduces her overall threat value. Beware of spoon-headed people.
Watch how both the Doctor and Clara type as neither of them appear to have head of a space key. Where the Doctor is concerned, he seems to have taken a leaf out of ‘Independence Day’ and got a programming language without downloading anything.
I do like the new aspect of the new TARDIS console, that being the musical roundabout top. It’s lost a lower level and gained a lot level to it instead.
A bit puzzled how considering that in past regenerations the Doctor could fly anything and yet this time have difficulty with a conventional aircraft.
Oh, you have seen the real villain last season. Is that enough of a spoiler.
The show still moves along at breakneck speed, so if you’re going to think about anything, it pays to do it after the show. I really wish they’d get away from the frustrated sexual attraction thing that’s been added in the new shows. It didn’t need it in the original series run. It’s an interesting start but also looks like a giveaway about the true menace behind the entire season. The Doctor doesn’t seem to care who was behind it. Maybe his years are catching up with him.