Saturday, 27 June 2009

Doctor Who: Human Nature (1)

Martha: 'You had to go and fall in love with a human. And it wasn't me.'

After a run of episodes ranging from the horrible to the mediocre, this was the story which earned a Hugo nomination, and won David Tennant a Constellation award. It also features prominently in many a fan's top ten, sees the Doctor (kind of) fall in love, is widely self-referencing, and is for many David Tennant's pièce de résistance.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Doctor Who: Gridlock

Doctor: “Janis Joplin gave me that coat.”

A never ending traffic jam? I think I was in that once. This was a visually stunning episode, with a theme we can all relate to—particularly if you're familiar with the M25.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code

Doctor: 'Which house? Make that witch house.'

This is an episode which improves over repeated viewings. Sixteenth century London looks simply stunning: from its bustling streets, to the period magnificence of the Globe, to the rippling calmness of the Thames. Admittedly, someone throwing a bucket of piss out the window did dampen the mood somewhat (though thankfully, nobody's clothes), but it did little to faze Martha, who's seen far worse working night-shifts in A & E.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Doctor Who: Smith and Jones

Doctor: 'Welcome aboard, Miss Jones.'

For me, 'Smith and Jones' typifies Russell T. Davies' weakness as a writer. There are some really good ideas on offer, but they're wrapped in such poorly thought out story dressing, and contain such bizarrely illogical character beats, that the whole effect somehow gets lost in the fog. This felt like a first draft of a story in need of several rewrites.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride

Donna: 'God, you're skinny. This wouldn't fit a rat.'

After Donna almost ruined Rose's swan song back in 'Doomsday', I can't say that I was looking forward to this year's Christmas special. Although I liked Tate in The Catherine Tate Show, I wasn't overly convinced that her and Doctor Who would be a good fit. After watching tonight's episode, I'm not altogether sure I was wrong.