I made a special effort on Saturday. So as well as doing the bits and pieces I needed to, I actually saw The Stolen Earth on the same night it was broadcast.
Boy I wish I hadn’t. I’d caught up with Turn Left just a night or two before, and it felt brilliant to sit down and catch the next part so soon. But then I was left with a whole week to wait before I find out what’s going to happen next! ARGH!
Turn Left, I thought, was rather good. Our Wide-Eyed colleague has unpacked the events better than a German tourist in a Spanish resort, so I won’t go down that route – I may have more to add at some point, but I’ll have to check a few things – and I definitely don’t disagree!
I am always nervous at RTD scripts. It always seems like the bits I dislike about the series (as few as they are) have come from RTD episodes… But I’m so pleased that Turn Left has joined Midnight to prove my fears unfounded.
I’d be happy to leave my opinion of Turn Left as this: “It’s like a Moffat episode. But without the explanations.”
The Stolen Earth, I notice from reading the reviews this week, has been received with a few mixed opinions. Some hated it and it’s end-of-term-familiar-sight of endless monsters. Most, I think, loved the plethora of familiar faces, the shock of the ending and the only thing everyone agrees on is the return of Davros. Even if the rest had been awful, that was magnificent. Very suspenseful, despite everyone more-or-less knowing what was coming, it was damn creepy – and personally, I had a little shiver. Brilliant.
I’ve heard so many rumours and ideas about a solution, including one which sounds rubbish, but feasible and something I can see RTD doing. I won’t say it here. But I should just mention that regeneration is probably not what we’re going to see – DT has already filmed the Christmas Special and signed for next year’s specials. Personally, I’m keeping all things crossed to see the Doctor healed and Peter Davison pulled back to help DT defeat Davros… Possibly too far off the possible scales. But it makes the time go faster!
I will go into it more after this Saturday – and hey, maybe we’ll get that podcast thing done and talk all this through in vocally-expressed soundwaves…. But please! Bring on Saturday!