I failed to watch Doctor Who last week, catched the last minute to see it was a 2-part (it wasn’t) and made the choice to watch both part together so I can keep up to speed with the somewhat weird writing right now. Not to say the writing is bad, just a little all over the place and the subtley with the bigger story arc has been poor so far (I talk, of course about the “Eye Patch Lady”) when you place just how subtle the return of The Master was. I would like to note that this isn’t a two parter, in fact it will be at least a 4 parter as there has been two episodes, then the season finale and that will be a cliffhanger, so therefore at least the first episode that follows the mid season brake will be the last part (or maybe the next to last).
I plan on going back and reviewing the rest of this season, episode by episode when I am able and yes I have been impressed by most of what they have done (the cash in on PiratesMania IV sucked) and killing the Doctor in the first episode was a superb idea. Also I am very happy to see two companions back on Doctor Who in a more or less full time basis, how it once was. Not so sure about them being married, but I can’t have everything.
I don’t feel that I can really review each episode, these two really go together and that’s a good thing. The first episode ran a little on the slow side at times, but before the episode came to an end you could tell that this was just the first of two parts. I was starting to like the fact that they had shown the Doctor in a new light, not as a know it all twat, but that came to an end before the end of the show, talking on the end; The End of Almost People had a great mix of the happy ending and the cliffhanger, which I now don’t know what to think… Two weeks of Cliffhangers, are you fucking mad? Doctor Who fans love crack pot idea and do I really need my inbox full of idea while I wait for the seconf half of the season to start?
Acting stand point was superb. The Doctor hasn’t shown any cracks upto The Almost People episode where it started to come clear that the Doctor knew much more than he was letting on. Smith has really become the Doctor, more in tune with the classics than the new and again that’s a damn good thing. Jelly Baby anyone? The CG from the end of The Almost People wasn’t great, Hell that snake from Kinda (1982) was better.
Overall, these two episodes were much better than most of the crap David Tennent did post the main seasons (that’s the Specials) from both a writing point of view and even an acting point of view. David didn’t look to care about the Doctor anymore by the end, while Matt Smith treats the Doctor with respect, and for a show thats been around as long as it has, has had so many episodes and some of the best proformers as the Dcotor, respect is a must. I will review the Mid Season Finale, on it’s own, next week.
The Rebel Flesh & The Almost People Score: 8/10