Did I fail to mention just how much I liked The Bells of St. John?

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Did I fail to mention just how much I liked The Bells of St. John?

Louise Pen­drake (Lulu): This life is not only wicked and sin­ful. It isn’t even any fun.

Jack Crab: No, I reckon I reckon not, Mrs Pendrake.

Louise Pen­drake: (Lulu): Yet, if I was mar­ried and could come here once or twice a week, well it might be fun. But every night, it’s just bor­ing!

Lit­tle Big Man 1970

Some of the best Doc­tor Who episodes of the Rus­sell P Davies era were writ­ten by Stephen Mof­fat. Blink, Silence of the Library all Steven Mof­fat so when he took over the reigns of the series with Matt Smith I expected great things.

Unfor­tu­nately while Matt Smith is a first-​rate Doc­tor Mof­fat has rightly got­ten a rep­u­ta­tion as a one trick pony. It’s time para­dox, time para­dox, time para­dox. One Sally Spar­row story is fine now and again and lot of the Mof­fat sto­ries would stand very well alone. How­ever if every story seems to be a tem­po­ral para­dox as Louise Pen­drake put it, it’s just boring.

That’s why I was so pleased with The Bells of St. John.

Yes it’s highly likely this entire sea­son is going to be, once again a giant tem­po­ral para­dox all over again, every­thing we’ve seen of Clara sug­gests this kind of thing, but for now, this one episode we have what appears to be a lin­ear story.

That’s why I’m will­ing to over­look the book writ­ten by Amy Pond, the “best help line in the uni­verse.” (almost cer­tainly it will be the Doc­tor who arranges to give her the num­ber) because of what comes along with it; a nice lin­ear semi plau­si­ble story.

We have the Doc­tor deter­mined to keep Clara alive. We see the moral out­rage of the Doc­tor as he real­izes what his hap­pen­ing to peo­ple, we see the first-​rate effects of the land­ing on the air­plane and we see peo­ple react­ing to the land­ing of the TARDIS and the Doc­tor play­ing it up as an act. (Shades of Big Fin­ish 4th doc­tor adven­ture Energy of the Daleks) and the rid­ing up the Shard really works.

But most of all we have a story with a clear and dis­tinct, begin­ning, mid­dle and end. A clear vil­lain and threat and an actual resolution.

The best test of a cook is to see how they do some­thing basic. This episode con­tained the basics of the sto­ry­telling craft and Mof­fat and an excel­lent cast pulls it off.

I sus­pect the next 78 episodes will not con­tain a lot of lin­ear sto­ries, cer­tainly not ones writ­ten by Mof­fat so I might as well enjoy it. You should enjoy it too.

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Louise Pendrake (Lulu): This life is not only wicked and sinful. It isn’t even any fun.

Jack Crab: No, I reckon I reckon not, Mrs Pendrake.

Louise Pendrake: (Lulu): Yet, if I was married and could come here once or twice a week, well it might be fun. But every night, it’s just boring!

Little Big Man 1970

Some of the best Doctor Who episodes of the Russell P Davies era were written by Stephen Moffat.  Blink, Silence of the Library all Steven Moffat so when he took over the reigns of the series with Matt Smith I expected great things.

Unfortunately while Matt Smith is a first-rate Doctor Moffat has rightly gotten a reputation as a one trick pony.  It’s time paradox, time paradox, time paradox.  One Sally Sparrow story is fine now and again and lot of the Moffat stories would stand very well alone.  However if every story seems to be a temporal paradox as Louise Pendrake put it, it’s just boring.

That’s why I was so pleased with The Bells of St. John.

Yes it’s highly likely this entire season is going to be, once again a giant temporal paradox all over again, everything we’ve seen of Clara suggests this kind of thing, but for now, this one episode we have what appears to be a linear story.

That’s why I’m willing to overlook the book written by Amy Pond,  the “best help line in the universe.”  (almost certainly it will be the Doctor who arranges to give her the number) because of what comes along with it;  a nice linear semi plausible story.

We have the Doctor determined to keep Clara alive.  We see the moral outrage of the Doctor as he realizes what his happening to people, we see the first-rate effects of the landing on the airplane and we see people reacting to the landing of the TARDIS and the Doctor playing it up as an act.  (Shades of Big Finish 4th doctor adventure Energy of the Daleks) and the riding up the Shard really works.

But most of all we have a story with a clear and distinct, beginning, middle and end.  A clear villain and threat and an actual resolution.

The best test of a cook is to see how they do something basic.  This episode contained the basics of the storytelling craft and Moffat and an excellent cast pulls it off.

I suspect the next 7-8 episodes will not contain a lot of linear stories, certainly not ones written by Moffat so I might as well enjoy it.  You should enjoy it too.

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