Through Time & Space: The Doctor Who Thread

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Re: Through Time & Space: The Doctor Who Thread

Post: # 9831Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:21 pm

Well, it's been an interesting series. With the rule against returning monsters, it took until the New Year's special Resolution for this show to deliver what people expect from Doctor Who. A very traditional adventure with The Doctor and a Dalek, almost structured as a gift to us for the end of the series. Much like RTD's "Dalek" the episode actually does something new with The Doctor's oldest enemy, and it's a real crowd pleaser. Inbetween we get some dull drama involving Ryan's dad. This has been the weakest story point in the series, and it plays into racial stereotypes to set up an absent father, and for The Doctor to pretty much set him up to die at the end of this episode. But oh well. The Chibnall incarnation of the show has subtlety to it and is better at Serious Adult Drama than the show has usually been, so I can't fault them too much. And The Doctor gets one of those confident "The Earth is protected" moments, so familiar from the more outwardly confident Tennant and Smith incarnations. Nitpick: Whoever approved someone actually drawing a Dalek in that history book should get a talking-to. That breaks the episode's entire premise.

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