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So, Doctor Who returned…

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Doctor Who returns once again and in a follow up to my previous post, I thought I’d give it some kind of mark out of ten, using a completely flawed and nonsensical system!  Just for fun, obviously.

So, if we assume that ten is the mark for a perfect episode, and starting from a base of zero, let’s assign some scores to parts of our equation:

Expectation =   +8
As I said in my previous article, I keep watching, hoping that it will give me the show I want.

Loss of Karen Gillan = -3
While the character of Amy Pond could be highly irritating, it was Karen Gillan.

Loss of Arthur Darvill = -1
Good actor, not so good character, but he had his place.

Addition of Jenna-Louise Coleman = +3
Positive start. Let’s see how this progresses.

Story = -1
Based on the expectation of a story worth 8 points, this was ok, but had a few too many things that irked.

Villains = -1
Purely for the “we could stop him now” exchange, there has to be a demerit for that!

Appearance of Richard E. Grant = +1
It’s Richard E. Grant. he should be in everything.

Overall score = 6
A fairly good start, with a not too bad episode, but there are improvements to be made!  Her response of “something awesome”, when asked what she wants to see first, in the ‘next time’ bit at the end, was a little worrying; would she not have something specific in mind if she’d been thinking about travelling for so long?

Anyway, all foolishness aside, a solid return!


The Eternal Quandary of Doctor Who…

Like many people my age, I grew up watching Doctor Who of the 1970s Pertwee/Baker era and beyond, so the new series is a continuation of a long running story.  For many though, they only know the new incarnation that has existed since 2005 and may be engaging with it on face value, without any baggage.  These two statements may, or may not be serious factors in my problem with Doctor Who as it stands now.

If I were to sum up my key issues, they would be narrative, structure, logic, dialogue, originality and characterisation.

However, a key question before I get into all that is, ‘but is this programme even FOR me?’

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