“Doctor Who is proof that inventive writing and inspired acting can not only help Geek TV transcend production values but also render them irrelevant.”
(via Entertainment Weekly)
Reblogging for the DW quote.
Steven Moffat is up to his old tricks in the midseason premiere of Doctor Who, airing a week from Saturday. “The Bells of St. John” marks a return to the overt creepiness of episodes like “Blink” and “Silence in the Library,” mixed with some very Russell T. Davies-esque villainy. Here’s our spoiler-free review…
And when I say “spoiler-free,” I mean there will be generalizations, but nothing more….
Unless you’re the type that cringes when we post a new promo pic (your imagination is so grand that it fills in the entire plot!) this is a good spoiler-free review that’s worth checking out.
We’ve seen the new Doctor Who Christmas special that stars the dazzling new companion, Clara. What did we think? here is our entirely spoiler free review.
We’ve been sworn to secrecy and cannot share anything at all about the giant, massive reveals in this episode. So we’ll just say this: There are some enormous, huge moments that hit fast and hard, right away. Hopefully these first few revelations will leave you just as they left us: mesmerized.
So let’s get to what we can talk about. The Christmas special picks up almost immediately after the little prequel that was screened during the recent BBC charity event. So if you haven’t seen it, now’s the time….
If you haven’t seen the prequel, watch it here.
And then go read this review.
@NickSetchfield (SFX): Utterly blown away by Asylum Of The Daleks. Strongest season opener yet. Epic, heart-punching, hilarious… and sneaky.
The fiendishly clever script is packed with Moffat’s trademark dazzling wordplay and several guffaw-out-loud gags, while there are two scenes that will have viewers sniffling on their sofas. Best of all, the story makes the Doctor’s pepperpotty arch enemies truly scary again and contains several killer twists.
Elsewhere, the opening credit sequence has been subtly tweaked and although there’s no mention of “timey-wimey”, there is an “explodey-wodey”. Back with a bang indeed.
Moffat has proved, again and again, that he is an inventive, manic creator who makes a constant stream of cool ideas and clever dialogue seem nearly effortless. But with this season’s arc, he’s managed to unite those strengths with a clear, consistent theme — and we’re all better off for it.
If you’ve been holding off watching Doctor Who season six until you found out whether it had a satisfying ending, go ahead and watch the whole thing — in fact, BBC America has a handy marathon all day on Saturday. It does all pay off, mostly with greatness.
What I also liked about The Girl Who Waited is just how old school science fiction it feels at times. Doctor Who hasn’t been shy about being overtly sci-fi, of course, but there are times when it’s left to be utterly implicit to what’s going on. It’s implicit here, too, but visually, the screen is filled with a really convincing world to visit. Not that I’d be in a hurry to go there myself.
Simon Brew, denofgeek.com
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