June 19th, 2005

A Pocket Full of Murder

REVIEW: Doctor Who 1x13, "Parting of the Ways"

So my husband, who is a Doctor Who skeptic (having seen only "Remembrance of the Daleks" and the TVM prior to the new series, and thinking both of them pretty lame) has watched all thirteen episodes of New Who with me, which gave me guarded hopes that I might make a fan of him yet. However, he was really not impressed with "Parting of the Ways", and after talking it over with him, I had to agree with a lot of the criticisms he made.

Don't get me wrong, here. I still enjoyed PotW a good deal, I still spent most of it on the edge of my seat (and holding my breath as often as not). And I would agree with most of the positive things that have been said about character development and touching moments and fabulous acting and so on. However, the fact remains that on the whole, I came away feeling that I had just watched fanfic -- quite decent fanfic, but fanfic nonetheless -- as opposed to a professionally written SF (or space opera, whatever you prefer to think of Who as being) story. There were just one too many thinly covered plot holes, narrative shortcuts, and hints of authorial self-indulgence involved.

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