-I’m tired of Daleks. The idea of a “good Dalek” isn’t quite new, and I just at this point feel very exhausted by them.
- I’m glad they introduced Danny. The TARDIS dynamic needs to shake up a little more.
- I thought twitter hyped this episode just a bit. It was okay, but it wasn’t particularly outstanding. There’s much ado about the line of the Dalek looking inside the Doctor and seeing hatred and how that wasn’t victory and how it’s “genius writing” of Moffat’s. Except I didn’t find it such. This is a rephrasing of themes addressed since the new series started. Don’t get me wrong, there were good bits (Danny’s little meltdown at not being able to properly ask Clara out/be receptive to her asking him out), but a lot of this episode felt hyped.
- They keep making callbacks to earlier episodes. I wonder what the point is. In this instance, they’re calling back to “Dalek”, which I think is the superior episode of the two.
- I can haz some Keeley Hawes now?
I recently showed my boyfriend “Human Nature” and “Family of Blood”, a two parter from Series 3. Looking back on those episodes, even though production values weren’t as where they are now, those were good episodes. They were truly good. Series 3 had its downs and ups, but it made me yearn for those types of stories again- where everything isn’t so over the top, bombastic, isn’t narrated at us as “oh look we’re doing something really complex and clever because we’re telling you so!”, even the score is less bombastic. Genius writing isn’t telling us “look at what we’re doing, isn’t that so clever? Isn’t that just soooo amazing?” It’s showing us.
I really hope Series 8 finds its feet soon.