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I have mixed feelings on this week’s episode.


What I Liked

I loved the conclusion. I think the Shadow Doctor telling the audience that you don’t have to be the Doctor to change the world may be one of the most powerful things I’ve seen in Doctor Who. You can change the world even if you’re not the Doctor; even if you’re alone; even if you’re hurt or disabled; even if you’re not significant; even if you’re under someone else’s power –

You can help save the world.

Even if all you can do is write an email, make a phone call, or share a video. It helps.

That was powerful.

It was also incredibly dark, because the implication (in the show) is that the mystery monks are going to hit the reset switch after they kill the Shadow Doctor, reboot the program to include the new variables, and run through the whole scenario again. And again. And again. Like Heaven Sent, but without any eventual exit.

I like that Nardole continues to be “a secret badass” (who squeaks). I’m not entirely certain what was going on with Missy. Who paid for her to be executed by the Kill Anyone people? Why was the Doctor there? Why is the Doctor bound to his oath? Who’s enforcing it? Are the Time Lords involved?

But I’m enjoying the trajectory of this series so far. It lured me in with the obvious bait (who’s in the vault?), but now that it’s given the obvious answer (The Master! Obviously), I could care less – I want to know what’s going on with the mystery monks and their pyramid, how the Doctor is going to deal with them, and what’s going to make him regenerate. And, I suppose, the Master will pop out of the vault at some point and cause chaos with her younger Simm!self as wingman. It’s all very exciting.

What I didn’t like.

While I enjoy the Pope Joan legend, that was a bit weird. Especially since, given how that story ends, um, Moffat DOES know what he was implying? I was realllllly cringing. But never mind that.

I thought that the mass suicides to save the world and the scientists blowing themselves up were in poor taste. I understand the desire for a dramatic hook, “Everyone who worked on the translation is now dead!” but I don’t completely understand why ALL of the people came to the conclusion that offing themselves was the best way to corrupt the data. I feel like I would dress up in a chicken suit and go out to the bar, or something equally wild. If everyone decided to just stay home and paint, wouldn’t that be just as good at wrecking the alien datasets?

The fact that some vulnerable viewers might not get it and might do something regrettable is an uneasy thought. I don’t think television should be sanitized for safe viewing, but I really, really hope that younger children are watching this series with adult supervision and post-episode discussion.

Because I thought Heaven Sent was dark, but the ending of the shadow world was dark and utterly devoid of hope.

Which is also what made the Doctor’s finale speech so powerful.

So, I guess I’m at an impasse, where what may be one of my favourite speeches in the show is dependant on an uncomfortably high (virtual) body count.

Such is life. Light is needed to cast a shadow, and without the shadow it’s hard to appreciate the light.

Neither here nor there.

* I notice that the current American President in the Whoniverse is neither a blatant parody, like President Winters in the Sound of Drums, or a Terrible Body Double, like The-Back-of-President-Obama’s-Head in The End of Time. Whether or not he is the Master is yet to be determined.

* A real life friend of mine remains convinced that Missy is actually River in disguise and keeps telling me all of her theories to support this. I let her know that Missy and the Master are the same person, but now she's convinced that the Master is River. Smile-and-Nod is the correct reaction y/n?


Date: 2017-05-25 03:48 pm (UTC)

liadtbunny: (Tardis bigger on the inside)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
I don't get why the scientists would want to blow themselves up either. I thought this episode was going to be a 'Ringu' rip-off and it turned into something else, to keep hold of belief. I think it's the best ep so far.

I don't know if we will get an answer for Missy's execution or Moffat will leave it for viewers to fill in.

Soon we will see beard!Simms! Is the world ready?;p

I am hoping the picture on the Dr's desk of Susan is a nod to the past and not a chance to make Susan not the Dr's granddaughter.

Date: 2017-06-15 03:13 pm (UTC)

liadtbunny: (Tardis bigger on the inside)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
In the back of my TV guide they've put a beardless pic of Simms!Master. No fair!;p
Date: 2017-05-26 10:35 am (UTC)

vilakins: (bill and doctor)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
I think that anyone who worked out they were a sim was programmed to kill themselves. As for how they worked it out, someone hacked the program to introduce the idea and muck up the whole simulation.

The random numbers didn't make sense as a program so complex that it could simulate I don;t know how many humans would be capable of running a different random number function for each one. So again, I think that was a deliberate hack by someone from outside, maybe real humans, or a splinter group which doesn't want the upcoming war.

If I realised I was a sim, I'd do lots of outrageous and fun things I normally wouldn't. :-)

But yes, a very dark and cynical ep.
Date: 2017-06-15 06:33 am (UTC)

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (Default)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
I look forward to you writing something that fills in the gaps and makes a LOT more sense than the original eps.

Why the monks were so ugly would be another thing to explain as being attractive would have made them easier to love as they wanted - and why did they want that anyway? We never really got their motivation.

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