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The Doctor returns

Doctor Who: Let's Kill HitlerDoctor Who’s return was suitably triumphant and exciting, although as Tom commented to me in person at the weekend, bewildering interwoven with pretty much every episode shown in the earlier part of the season. The number of internal references is truly astonishing and perhaps an indicator of the show growing up, in some sense or another, or perhaps just appropriately intricate for the kind of passionate fans the Doctor attracts.

Time travel does give me a headache, though. I’m sure Doc Brown would agree.

Neil Gaiman wrote a Doctor Who, who knew?

One of my favourite episodes from the current series of Dr Who – the Doctor’s wife – was written by one of my favourite writers – the incalculable, inestimable Neil Gaiman. It’s really interesting to read his Q&A on it and get some insight into his collaborative creative process with Steven Moffat (spoilers therein).

To which Steven replied,

Love the tattoo and the arm and the recycled monsters – but we can we make the Corsair sound less like the man the Doctor modeled himself on? Answers too many question that should be left alone. He’s the Doctor, he does what he does for reasons too vast and terrible to relate.

Which when put like that was absolutely unarguable-with.

Fantastic stuff. Trailer here, for people that missed the episode:

The Doctor’s war poetry

I loved the mid-season finale of Doctor Who. Dramatic, funny, tragic, brilliantly executed and fully entertaining. The thing that I thought was particularly well done was the poem

Demons run when a good man goes to war.
Night will fall and drown the sun, when a good man goes to war.
Friendship dies and true love lies, night will fall and the dark will rise…when a good man goes to war.

Brilliant meter, wonderful classic war poetry style and scansion, and brilliantly recited by Alex Kingston. I can’t work out if it was original for the show – it seems to be. Check it out yourself here (may not stay long, but the BBC replay link is available above):

Doctor Who Season 6 – first impressions

The Silence at Victoria Station, asking for directions?I’m finally properly getting into Matt Smith as the Doctor. I was sold on Amy Pond last season, but these opening epsiodes of Season 6 have really let Matt Smith shine as his own man; different and fun as a character in his own right and not just David Tennant’s successor.

And, for awesome added value, I think I saw The Silence in the station yesterday morning. Although who knows? PIcture attached, for holographic simulation, memory annhilation, hypnotic suggestion (send money).