While we were away, S8 wrapped up! What did you think? (For previous discussion, comments on my previous post go about as far as episode 4.)
Some of my feelings:
- I want to see this Doctor with a different companion at some point, someone who is more indifferent to him than Clara. (My husband says: Donna makes a good companion for all Doctors!)
- I found a lot of the human characters’ behaviour puzzling. Who or what did Danny want Clara to be? Why did Clara keep lying to him? It’s not that I can’t think of reasons, but I feel like all the reasons I come up aren’t strongly supported by the scripts.
- I felt like two episodes (Kill the Moon and In the Forest of the Night) that hinged on a girl or young woman taking over global communication systems and presenting humanity with the choice to spare a large and apparently hostile Other was at least, well, one and a half episodes too many. (Plus, you think people would get the idea after a while. Hey, remember how it was a good idea to not kill all those trees? Perhaps we should apply our learnings to the giant creature hatching out of the moon.)
- Missy was fun. I’m still figuring out what I think beyond that. I’m amused by Tansy Rayner Roberts’s fanon from the Verity! podcast, episode 59 (at time 55:17):
I do love the idea that the Master’s like “OK, I’m female now, I need to figure out, like, how women are supposed to behave” and obviously just sat down and watched a lot of Julie Andrews movies.
I think the episodes I liked best were the ones that were the least connected to the Clara-Danny arc or the Am-I-a-Good-Man-? arc, or at least, what I liked about them were the least connected to those arcs. I enjoyed the silliness of Robot of Sherwood, for example, and I thought the climax of Mummy on the Orient Express was a good character study for this doctor.
That said, looking at the season breakdown, I only watched five episodes all the way through, so I’m not sure I’m destined to be your Who correspondent forever.
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