So. What I thought as I watched Doctor Who: ‘Hide’

This isn’t so much a review as a stream of consciousness, with very occasional moments of discussion and/or rants. (Well, there’ s a sort of review at the end, but don’t expect anything too deep.) If you haven’t seen ‘Hide’, this probably won’t make much sense.

We open in a Gothic manor on a rainy night, with a man (Professor Palmer) who clearly fancies his co-worker Emma, even I can tell that and I am notoriously bad at deciphering social signals. They handily establish what year this is by recording all this for posterity, as it is revealed that the lady is a ghost whisperer and is trying to speaking to the lost soul in this house as she walks into an extremely shadowy corridor. Rather her than me.

It appears that she gets an answer, as all the equipment I won’t even pretend to know the names of goes haywire and her companion has to take off his headphones because of the high pitched noise. Something starts screaming – oh that can’t be good – the camera is flying along corridors, the man manages to get the camera up in time to take picture of a shrieking shape, and Emma nearly falls over. Palmer and Emma get rather close, up until there is a knock upon the door.

I wonder who that could be.

Oh Doctor, you horrible person, you made me jump too!

Eh…not really sure how I feel about the whole ‘Ghostbusters’ joke. Personally I think they should have just gone straight to the credits after ‘I’m looking for a ghost.’

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So. What I thought as I watched Doctor Who: ‘Cold War’

This isn’t so much a review as a stream of consciousness,  with very occasional moments of discussion and/or rants. (Well, there’ s a sort of review at the end, but don’t expect anything too deep.)   If you haven’t seen ‘Cold War’, this probably won’t make much sense.

So yes, we are back on good old Planet Earth, complete with an intro shot that swoops over various icebergs and an actual subtitle telling us where we are; North Pole, 1983. Has the show ever done this before? I can’t remember seeing a specific subtitle telling us the location of the week, usually they leave that to the Doctor or the supporting cast to explain.

Oh no, not a camera plunge into the water, I hate those! Not that they’re bad – often they’re crucial in helping to set a scene – but it’s a pet peeve of mine. Gives me the shivers.

And here we have the bottle of this bottle episode; a submarine. Really, is the TARDIS going to be able to fit into that? They appear to be about to launch torpedoes  and I am distracted by the fact that Davos Seaworth and Edmure Tully are on board. Or rather Liam Cunningham and and Tobias Menzies, but two Game of Thrones actors in one episode of another series altogether; what are the odds?

Also, David Warner as the professor, who spoils what turns out to be a drill by enjoying his Ultravox. I don’t know who Ultravox were/are and I don’t care, I love this character already and he’s barely spoken.

The tension between the submarine captain and his…second in command, I’m not going to pretend I know how the Russian navy works, runs its course, and we get our first mention of the ‘specimen’. Naturally, it is a mammoth; what else could it be? Nothing can possibly go wrong.

What am I saying? This is a pre-credits sequence. Stuff going wrong is kind of standard.

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So. What I thought as I watched ‘The Rings of Akhaten’.

This isn’t so much a review as a stream of consciousness  with very occasional moments of discussion and/or very occasional rants. If you haven’t seen ‘The Rings of Akhaten’, this probably won’t make much sense.

So we start off with a meet cute, when a leaf blows onto a man’s face and a woman saves him from a car. What are the odds? This is a very meaningful thing, so meaningful that the leaf is now the most important leaf in human history.

And the Doctor licked it.

Huh.

Aaaaand he also happens to be watching the man and woman fall in love.

We flash through the childhood of a baby I presume is Clara – the man and woman are her parents – with the Doctor popping up occasionally to get hit in the head by a football. And – did he just go into a Venusian aikido position??????

Probably not, but it’s an interesting thought.

Awww, Clara had such a happy childhood, what could possibly go-

-oh.

I must say, Coleman has a very good face for portraying younger characters; with the fringe and whatnot, she does actually look as if she could be in her teens. The Doctor is still watching, and it appears that Clara is entirely human and just an ordinary girl, but yet impossible.

This plot arc going to dominate the whole second half of the season, isn’t it?

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