I think I’m going off Doctor Who. Maybe it’s just over-familiarity and tension-fatigue but seriously,
there’s really only so many times you can go “Oh my God, they’re not going to kill Rory, are they?” And all this pregnancy stuff – I don’t know, it somehow just doesn’t seem appropriate for something that, when all’s said and done, is a kids’ programme.
I quite enjoyed last night’s episode, but I’m sitting there thinking, “Well, I suppose this is what they call a light-hearted romp, and that’s why it has no depth to it.” For me, there was simply no tension whatsoever, apart from Amy’s pathetic attempts to resuscitate Rory. Even then I was more concerned with being annoyed at them using that ploy again, and the fact that the Doctor was just sitting there doing nothing to help. I don’t believe the Doctor would just sit there like that.
And while we’re on the subject of what the Doctor would or would not do, I don’t believe the Doctor would “abandon ship” just because he didn’t know where it was going. I think he would stay with the Tardis.
As to acting, I thought Lee Ross was excellent, and Hugh Bonneville was fine – although I couldn’t help but compare the character, to his disadvantage, to Jack Sparrow - but I didn’t think the part really used him properly. (Also, there were some very “Pirates of the Caribbean” moments in the music.) The boy was quite good, and looked familiar from somewhere.
Is it just me, or is Lily Cole actually ugly? And why on earth did they need a famous model for the role, when any coldly pretty girl could have done the job? The producers have always talked about how tight the budget is, and I just think that we’re currently seeing far too much emphasis on famous names rather than the right person for the part.
When I think back to the total emotional engagement we as a family used to have with this show, what we’re currently seeing is a mere shadow of former glory. OK, the kids are older, but I haven’t changed that much. We used to all be in position five minutes before the programme started, reluctant to miss a single second. For God’s sake, for The Parting of the Ways we unplugged the phone ten minutes before the episode started.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like Eleven. I think Matt Smith totally is the Doctor, in a way that – for me – Tennant never was. Karen Gillan does a perfectly good job with Amy, although I don’t think the character is half as kick-ass as they keep telling us she is. And Rory is adorable. I seriously hope for great things for Arthur after this.
I don’t feel there’s anything much left in the series for me any more. I will carry on watching, at least during this series, but for me the emotional depth has gone, to be replaced by a lot of clever-clever plotty stuff. I don’t do plot – I can’t write it, and as a reader or viewer it’s not what keeps my attention or sticks in my memory. I like character, and emotion, and motivation and connection.
In other (tv) news, I never got a chance to watch John Simm’s Exile, but I did make sure to watch episode 1 of Christopher Eccleston’s The Shadow Line the other day, and I’m hooked. His character is very interesting so far – a boring accountant type who is quiet and thoughtful, and loves his wife, and has spent £1.5m of his own money setting up a front for a heroin-trafficking business. I’m definitely planning to watch the rest.