Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Caretaker

"The guy is an epic f**k-up. He’s so dense that light bends around him."

Gareth Roberts is a writer whose episodes I haven't always gotten on very well with. The Shakespeare Code was decent, and The Unicorn and The Wasp is actually very funny... But then he found his niche with The Lodger - an episode where The Doctor goes deep undercover, posing as a normal human in order to investigate some local shenanigans. Neither of his episodes since have done much for me; lacking the humour they're supposed to be boasting and sacrificing plot in order to prop-up said humour.

In The Caretaker. The Doctor goes deep undercover, posing as a normal human in order to investigate some local shenanigans. Yes, this is very much "Lodger Mk. II". But is it an improvement, or another disappointing rehash?

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Time Heist

"Life is interesting at last, I've been so f***ing bored the last two years."

Maybe I'm losing whatever semblance of an edge I once had, maybe I'm on a Fresher's week high, but this is another review I'm not sure how to tackle. It is not, however, similar to the problem I had taking on Listen. It's more I don't have a great deal I feel like I can give a thorough critique as I would normally try to. Time Heist is... it's okay. There's not much about it which it spectacularly screws up, but also not much I can hail as being the best thing I've ever seen. Which is fine.

Sunday, 14 September 2014


"Enough. E-f***ing-nough. You need to learn when to shut your f***ing cave!"

Listen is an odd episode. In a series where average tends to mean something along the lines of "the Robin Hood episode", that is quite a bold statement to make. To be perfectly honest, I don't know how to tackle it. This post will therefore be less of a review, and take the form of a bit of a ramble.

I didn't like it very much. Well... Actually, that's a total lie. I liked certain sequences in the episode very much. But from about halfway through, it took a downward turn for me and the story never fully came together. In fact, the issues I have with it are not dissimilar to the problems I have with The Time of The Doctor, albeit not to quite the same extent.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Robots of Sherwood

"Their hordes of f***ing robots - they're coming over the hill. And all you have to do now is bend down, pick up any f***ing weapon and t**t the f***ery out of them!"

Mark Gatiss has a... polarizing effect on the Doctor Who fan base. With the possible exception of The Unquiet Dead, all of his episodes have been met with fairly mixed receptions. For me personally I think the only real stinkers have been Night Terrors and Cold War, but his episodes have never impressed me. Which is why I wasn't looking forward to this episode that much; it seemed to be very much a filler story with not much connection to the story arcs or character development and the premise seemed a bit shaky.

To compare to other Gatiss stories, I'd place it somewhere around (albeit below) The Crimson Horror, and overall it's similar (although, again, weaker) to The Shakespeare Code: A perfectly enjoyable, but somewhat underwhelming and silly, psuedo-historical story which isn't bad but ultimately forgettable.