Sunday, October 12, 2014

Doctor Who - Series 8, Episode 8: Mummy on the Orient Express

Mummy, I'm home!

Actually 4 for the story and acting, but 2 because the overall arc for this series is a bit bland

I’m just not getting into this series at all - and that surprises me! This was a good story, with some great performances, including fan-boy, Frank Skinner, who, acted his socks off, and was believable throughout - and would maybe make a good future companion!

I’m not sure what it is, I just feel something is missing. Peter Capaldi makes a convincing (but hard-to-love) Doctor, and the stories (mostly) have been well written. The production values are great and the hype surrounding each episodes has been well-managed and not overdone. The ‘soap’ element for me, is not why I watch the programme, but that doesn’t dominate the storylines, so I don’t think it’s the luvvy-duvvy Clara/Danny thing that’s irritating me.

Then, in a brief moment of clarity, I think I might have answered my own question! I think it’s because I really (really! REALLY!) like long story-arcs, where there’s a ‘bigger picture’ going on in parallel to the main story - and there doesn’t seem to be much of that in evidence so far, apart from the occasional reference to ‘the promised land’. Additionally, I always thought that Clara was such an important part of the Doctor’s existence, but increasingly, her role seems to be less and less significant, as each new episode airs - I’m missing that too!

I’m sure it’ll all come together as we head towards the end of the series, but for this fan-boy, it’s all feeling a bit pedestrian so far!