It’s back! It’s back! Doctor Who is on television again, and after weeks of reviewing Torchwood, you have no idea how happy this makes me. The Doctor and Ponds hit 1930s Germany, and to be honest, Hitler is the least of their troubles.
But still, I did mutter some dissent towards the end of the last run. Have things picked up over the summer?
Let’s Move This Along
Well, the bad news is that the cliffhanger regarding baby Melody, not to mention all those hanging threads about who Madame Kovarian is and how she’s connected to the Silence, none of them are progressed at all, bar small teases in the dialogue.
But the up-side is that I didn’t mind, because the episode was great fun. Perhaps all those painfully slow episodes of Torchwood are getting to me, but things happening at breakneck pace, the bare minimum of standing around, surprises and small reveals, exactly what I was looking for. It reminded me of the old Russell T. Davies era, actually, playing up emotion and big bangs alongside the paradoxes, and I thought the combination worked well.
And no, they didn’t resolve much, River Song’s continuity may now be beyond human understanding, but it was a merry stroll regardless, with good moments for all the main characters. Oh, and the Tessalecta was the best alien concept in a while.
Let’s Hug Rory
As well as picking up the pace, they finally gave Rory a substantial role, other than “whipping boy”. It’s dubious whether this is a response to fan complaints about what a little bitch he’s been, as Let’s Kill Hitler was surely written some time ago, but it’s good to see. If he’s going to hang around, let’s give him something to participate in aside from angst.
I could probably pick holes, such as the fact this “half-way premiere” might not make much sense to new viewers, along with the weird totemic use of “fishfingers and custard”. Also, the actress playing “Mels” was perhaps a bit shouty and CBBC, and I’m growing a little weary of River Song, for the most part; I’m not sure the character is rounded enough to support all this exposure. But this particular week, it didn’t bother me much.
Because I reckon could be the best episode of series six so far, with only The Doctor’s Wife as competition. Check the episode out on iPlayer (or watch it again there, like I’m going to) and let us know if you were as excited as me.