I know I usually don’t lead with a Doctor Who review but I’ve been sick this week and I needed to get it in before the new episode.
Summary: Something odd is going on at St Luke’s University Bristol where there is a Doctor in Residence
Plot: The Doctor notices a woman named Bill who works in the kitchen of the campus who has been attending his lectures, Bill has been noticing various women but one of them has noticed an odd puddle that leads to trouble.
Writing: Moffat puts us in an interesting setting, suggesting subplot after subplot with an obvious season long arc brewing it’s a situation full of promise. (I REALLY liked the whole Doctor noticing the lunch lady in the lectures bit) and delivers one of the weakest, most contrived SJW stories that one could give and the worst story to introduce a character since the Twin Dilemma. It’s as if the story itself was an afterthought to all that’s going on in his head.
Acting: There is a lot wrong with this episode but none of it has to do with the acting, Peter Capaldi shines, delivers, Pearl Mackie’s does a more than adequate job as Bill with strong hints of even better to come but it’s Matt Lucas’ Nardole again in a lesser role really makes it all come together. I’m shocked at how much he ads to the show.
Memorable Moments: The Doctor’s office, I fattened her up. The first mention to my knowledge of the Tardis Bathroom (other than Deck 7)
Doctor Who Flashbacks: The Pictures of River Song and Susan, Sonic Screwdrivers, Movellans
Oddities: There are signs that Nardole is cybernetic yet he give a warning about the Tardis Bathroom, The Doctor refers to the Morvellans as Friends but that’s not quite accurate.
Pet Peeves: Ok so you have this puddle, it’s apparently so powerful that it’s able to travel through time and space on a whim and even defeat Daleks and all it really wanted to was:
1. Take over one human
2. follow a crush.
I’m sorry you’re telling me that such an artifact couldn’t resist that last thought? And what’s it actually doing there? It’s not about an actual plot, it’s about emphasizing Bill as a lesbian and legitimizing such a crush to an audience of kids. The irony of course is the rather humorous chips scene had already accomplished that purpose but was well written. If you had an actual plot or reason behind such a super powerful liquid life form or whatever there, that would be one thing, but there was no sign of it. This was just spiking the ball in your face, full SJW the same thing that killed the first series.
I’ve grown used to dealing dealing with SJW in entertainment in general and Doctor Who in particularly, I do my best to ignore it but as objectionable as it it’s even worse when paired bad storytelling.
Great Quote(s) via chakoteya.net transcripts
Bill: Look at this place. It’s like a
The Doctor: Spaceship.
The Doctor: A what?
Bill: A really posh kitchen, all metal. What happened with the doors, though? Did you run out of money?
Nardole: Oh, human! Human alert. Do you want me to repel her?
The Doctor: She’s just passing through. She wants to use the toilet.
Nardole: Oh. I’d er give it a minute, if I were you.
Bill: Doctor! It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!
Nardole: Way-hey! We got there! (Nardole and the Doctor shake hands.)
Bill: How is that possible? How do you do that?
Nardole: Well, first you have to imagine a very big box fitting inside a very small box.
Nardole: Then you have to make one. It’s the second part people normally get stuck on.
The Doctor: Nardole, we need to move away from the doors and towards the Tardis.
Nardole: What if it attacks us?
The Doctor: Well, that’s the good news. It means it’s not interested in what’s inside the vault. It just wants to kill us.
The Doctor: Run!
Bill: Can I ask you a personal question?
The Doctor: No.
Bill: Can I anyway?
The Doctor: Yes.
Bill: Are you from space?
The Doctor: No, of course not. Nobody’s from space. I’m from a planet like everybody else.
Bill: This planet?
The Doctor: No, not specifically this one.
Final Verdict: 2 1/2 stars My wife thinks it deserves less and it might but there was enough there to get this level. What’s really a shame is this episode could have easily been 4 stars or more. So much potential and so much waste for a story they had a whole figgen year to write. I’m hoping and expecting a lot better given good writes given such a talented cast
Ranking of Season: 1st of 1 (by default) that won’t last (at least I hope not)
1st The Pilot
Top 10 Ranking in the Capaldi Era: Doesn’t place but it’s worth repeating what I said while complementing the Return of Doctor Mysterio: “This is a children’s show that adults can enjoy instead of a children show pushing adult themes, more please.” Apparently they didn’t take my advice.
1st The Husbands of River Song
2nd. Last Christmas
3rd. The Caretaker
4th. The Return of Doctor Mysterio
5th. The Girl who Died
6th. The Witch’s Familiar
7th. Hell Bent
8th. Mummy on the Orient Express
9th. Face the Raven
10th. Into the Dalek