I don’t really know what this blog post will be about, the best way to sum it up is to call it a purging. It may become a review, it may be just be me letting my opinions burst out! So good luck and see you on the other side.
OK, most of you love Doctor Who, so do I, but recently I’ve been feeling pretty down about it. There are quite a few reasons for this, number 1 being Steven Moffat is a good writer but everything is about him! Let’s Kill Hitler was great but it;s not just his writing that makes it good. I can (and have) rant about this, there is SO much that makes an episode, the cast, the music, the directing, the set design, even lighting (I’ve done light and sound for a few plays and there is so much that can be done with lighting, it’s quite amazing!) and editing. I don’t see why, to all fans (not true, I know, but it just seems it), Steven Moffat scripted episodes are the best thing to happen to/in Doctor Who until his next one, it seems to be an instant thing for them! I mean, he’s a fantastic writer, but so if Mark Gatiss, Russell T Davies, Paul Cornell and just about every writer they’ve hired! I’m a very happy Doctor Who fan, I love every episode, there are some that are worse than others, and there are some that are superb! I’m the same with all writers for Who, I love them all and all their work.
But point 2 being I was quite cynical about the Doctor Who team (or maybe the BBC) trying to get more viewers in the US with the opening two parter at the beginning of the year. So I went in there watching the episodes with that cynical eye but THEN we got the whole DWM spoiling the whole ‘shock’ Death Of The Doctor scene in The Impossible Astronaut. I wont go into how I feel about spoilers, or just that event, I’ll just say that I won’t like them at all and I feel exactly the same way as my good internet friend and fellow Who fan and Podcaster, Adam J Purcell – you may not know who he is, if so he’s one of the hosts of the brilliant Staggering Stories podcast, and if you want just how he feels look up Tom Spilsbury’s tweeter feed about the time of the DWM spoilers, you’ll see a ‘Twttier battle’ as we called between the two – and so I had the anger I’d been spoiled and the cynical feeling going into the episodes.
Also, apart from Neil Gaimen’s brilliant The Doctor’s Wife, the very fun, Curse Of The Black Spot and the fantastic A Good Man Goes To War I was pretty disappointed with the first half of the season. In fact, I was disappointed with having just half a season, and I had that feeling TOO the opening two parter also. But, BUT, with all that horribly/horrible negative stuff said, I was so happy to find that Let’s Kill Hitler was a fantastic episode. This is where the purge begins, quite emotionally too it must be said, IF this had been a bad episode (and that would just be my opinion, of cause) I would’ve been angry! If it hadn’t answered any of the many questions left over from the first half of the season (hear my thoughts on that at: http://whoisthemancast.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/who-is-the-man-pdocast-episode-29) I would’ve probably treated the next episodes with the same anger I had with the first two episodes, but that hasn’t happened, and wont – or most likely wont – happen.
As the name of the post says, I’ve had my faith restored with this season. I think that in the season break I remembered the disappointment, anger, and frustration I felt about many parts of the first part of the season and it built up to the point where I was kinda worried about this half, but all that’s gone now! After seeing the superb Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvil and Alex Kingston back in action, heard some wonderful music from Murray Gold, had some some fantastic writing from both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss I am very enthusiastic about what’s coming up! For those of you who know me online, you’ll know that Matt Smith is an absolute inspiration to me! I know a lot of people say that but I mean it, literally, his acting just helps me with things I’m learning/working on at Drama School, I see him do something, maybe a certain style of acting – very subtle, for instance – and I try and find ways to bring that into what I’m doing, it’s amazing! HE’s amazing! Also, Murray Gold too, not for acting – obviously – is an inspiration! If you don’t know about me and my love for Murray and his work, in short he is one of the top three parts of Doctor Who, no, correction, New Who. If you want to know more, read this: http://rhysparton.wordpress.com/2011/07/09/my-thoughts-on-the-music-of-new-doctor-who/. I will say, I don’t like that someone, somewhere down the line feels it’s OK to take some pieces that were specifically composed for specific scenes from last season and just dumping them into a scene this season! Come on Steven you’ve got a genius on your hands, let him make his magic! He does some, outstanding original pieces for this season but come on, Steven!
Alex Kingston was another thing that made me so happy about the episode, she is her gorgeous, extremely flirty, sexy (oh, gorgeous covered that), talented, flirty, wonderful, flirty (I’m noticing a theme) self! I say flirty because Steven Moffat and Alex herself know that she is an extremely sexy woman, and they so went to town to bring that out, with some of the costume and even River/Melody/Mels’/ reaction to her new body. It was probably a bit too far for the time slot, with the revealing clothes, the rather sexy posses but I’m a perverted sixteen year old boy and quite attracted to her so I’m not complaining! She’s got it!
Overall the I am extremely excited for the next episode, The Girl Who Waited, because it’s going to be an Amy episode! Karen is an amazing actress, and stunning! Yes, I am in love (as is Adam Purcell), have been since season 5, and it’s not just in…a…lusting way, it isn’t with Alex either, but anyway, I can say that so far this season they haven’t used her well this season, they’ve pretty much forgotten her really, so much so that, heartbreakingly (given how amazing she is and how in love with her wonderfully gorgeousness I am) that I nearly forgot about her! And that’s horrible! But from what I’ve heard the next episode is going to be a good episode, in it’s own rights, but bcause they’re going to bring back the brilliance of Amy from season 5, so I am very much looking forward to it!
So is you stuck with me through that, thank you for reading and I’ll post soon, probably some more Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston love.
P.S. My love for Karen has been refreshed because I’ve ‘remembered’ her so to speak, and I just wanted to spread her beauty: