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Doctor Who: The Hungry Earth Review…

So the Sontarans came back in Season 4 with a two parter and now it’s time for Silurians to make a grand two part episode entrance.
After last week’s psychological episode, we get a good ole Aliens Invade episode and thankfully it’s not Cardiff. It’s in the country side! With an ole Church! And Graveyards! People eating graveyards! Yes, that’s a lot of exclamation points but it’s fun exclamation points!

Doctor Who: Vampires of Venice Review

Aliens wish to take over and it’s not the United Kingdom. For a change.
The second episode not written by series head writer/runner Moffat and it’s nowhere near as bad as Victory of the Darleks since the setting more than makes up for any sort of missteps.
Vampires in Venice!
No, it’s not a love letter to Vampires or Twilight.
Instead it is Doctor Who’s own skewed version of Vampires and it works out pretty well when it’s revealed who the villain(s) of the week are since they move the whole Cracks in the Wall subplot along.
It mixes the historical episodes that Doctor Who has done before like Tooth and Claw with the standard aliens wish to take over. Similar to The Fires of Pompeii the backdrop of Torgir, Croatia proves to be a lovely change of pace from Cardiff.
Parts of the episode even feels like a throw back to the Russell T. Davies Era of “everyone around the doctor dies!” so much so it ups the ante a bit.
The special effects takes a hit but I can ignore that since the ambience is nice.
The addition of Amy’s fiance, not seen since The Eleventh Hour is welcome addition I think. First it puts the kibosh on the whole Amy/Doctor kissing plot from last week and adds a fresh perspective on the running around through time and space. I glad the writers decided to not make him dumb about what been happening. His reading up on things alien so he’s slightly caught up to speed on the weirdness that is outer space.
Overall, good episode. Since I’ve been trying to leave myself out of the spoiler loop looks like it’s a psychological episode next week i.e. the episode of Amy being pregnant that made the rounds a few months ago…

Doctor Who: Flesh and Stone Review…

Meh.
That’s all I got for this week’s episode.
Amy getting blinded by the Angels and having to walk around them as they began to move in real time was perfect. The borg-forest was different and not a rock quarry. The control rooms were blasé.
River’s backstory continues to be eluded too which is fine, it’s nice to see the writers putting some thought into characters instead of just killing them off.
The ongoing plot line the cracks in the universe is explained well enough, thankfully the technobabble is kept to a minimum. I wonder if the Time War has to do with the cracks? If the Time War is now sealed tight or if the Master got out? Cuz, only the Master could escape out of the time locked Time War. That last sentence only works in science fiction, try it in a drama and you’d be canceled.
Unfortunately, the Marine Clerics had cannon fodder written all over them before last week’s episode even began. Sure, the lead was given some backstory with Song but not enough.
I’d be a little bit more talkative about it if it weren’t for Amy’s feelings for the Doctor.
I don’t mind the Doctor and River. While River may be regarded by some as the worst character ever, I like her, she’s smart enough for the Doctor and is not hopelessly head over heals for him like Rose Tyler and to a small extent where Martha Jones was headed. Donna had the sass and no sexual attraction whatsoever to the spaceman which was a welcome relief.
But Amy, Amy while driven, curious and sassy enough the shark inducing attempt to make out with the Doctor the night before her wedding took me out of it. Now, this brings up a good arguement: Why is Amy shark inducing when Madame De Pompadour or Joan Redfern did nearly the same thing? Because Amy looks like she’s twelve in her current outfit. The whole hero worship thing works but when the hero worship gets into bed then you wince and you don’t won’t your audience to wince. In any other show the scene would have worked but not Doctor Who and especially not in Amy’s bedroom. What the hell were they thinking?
Overall, it was an okay episode, not as good as last weeks.

Doctor Who: Time of the Angels Review…

Let’s see.
Weeping Angels: Check.
Dark Catacombs: Check.
River Song: Check.
Written by Steven Moffat: Check.
Two Parter: Check.
Completely washes away last weeks Dalek Episode: Oh hell yes check.
A sequel of sorts to Season 3’s glorious Doctor-lite episode (not to be confused with the hideous Season 2 Doctor-lite episode entitled Love and Monsters) entitled Blink written by now head writer Stephen Moffat. Blink introduced us to the Weeping Angels. Stone statues that move only when you’re not looking and deposit you somewhere in time. With no voice to speak of and no way to stop them except tricking them to look at each other the Weeping Angels became the new Borg.
Now, mix all that in with River Song, another  one of Moffat’s creations introduced in the lovely Season 4 Two Parter: Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. Originally created as a plot device to make the Doctor trust her, the idea of the Doctor getting married opened up an entirely new set of doors and probably several fanboys word processors. Those doors now include lovely banter about how the Doctor has been flying the Tardis with the breaks on. Sure, it sounds bad when you say, but Alex Kingston says it you will believe it.
More than a few people have commented on the fact the budget appears to have gotten smaller for this season and with last week’s seemingly cost cutting Dalek episode, the locations this week thankfully did not include a rock quarry. Instead you get dark catacooms, yes catacooms, they’re worse that catacombs supposedly when you fill them up with faceless statues, Church Marines with Sacred Names like Bob and the Angels get a voice. One could call this new ability a complete rip off from the last two parter Moffat did but instead the ability endows the Angels with more creepiness. Personally, I prefer an enemy that can speak.
Amy getting in trouble this week is nowhere near as bad as say Martha getting kidnapped in Gridlock. Instead, Amy is on the receiving end more than once of what can happen when things go really bad for companions. I’m not talking Adric bad, just nice to see the writer is willing to hurt the heroes.
The few downsides to this episode really is the fact it’s a two parter and the Marines personalities aren’t anywhere close to the science team found in Library/Forest of the Dead. I prefer smart, sassy canon fodder to two dimension cannon fodder any day.
Overall, great episode cannot wait until next week!

Doctor Who: Mini Non Spoiler Review of The Beast Below…

After a long episode of the Eleventh Hour we come to a standard run time for a Doctor Who Episode, written once again by Steven Moffat entitled: The Beast Below and like other seasons before it, the Doctor and Amy end up in the Far Future on the Starship UK traveling throughout space but there are problems afoot (aren’t there always) and children are in danger (hide behind the couch, kids!) and it has something to do with the Beast Below.
The upside to this episode: Much better special effects than last week I thought and there is no villain like last week per se. The set designs, costume pieces and overall story arc is great I thought. It’s nice to see something refreshing in Doctor Who rather than re-hashing all villains. Amy was more of the focus this week than the Doctor since the plot focused on her actions more than the Doctors. And, next week’s episode was mentioned before the credits which I don’t think I seen before.
Overall, a good episode with next week being the return of those lovely pepper shakers of doom (love’em or hate’em).