Neither episode starts as you’d expect
The “gay agenda” is back!
The monsters are being touted as one of the series’ greatest and most terrifying creations since The Weeping Angels.
It’s very dark. Wait till you see the scene in the Whitehouse toilets…
At least three Moffat tropes are put into action again.
There is the curious return of a familiar prop.
Matt Smith takes his portrayal of the Doctor up a gear.
The first time we see the Doctor, he’s naked. Sort of…
Amy reveals a secret.
The monsters have some important dialogue, so it’s a bit of a shame their voices aren’t terribly clear at times
The first episode is a little talky and surprisingly character-led when you’d expect a barnstorming opening; the second episode kicks off storming that barn and keeps storming it.
It’s funny, it’s wildly inventive, it’s fiendishly clever, it’s surprising, it’s audacious, it’s uncompromising and it’s quite unlike anything else on television.
There’s lots of timey whimey stuff, and not just in terms of the science fiction — more so, we’re referring to some of the storytelling techniques involved, with lots of flashbacks, sudden jumps and montages.
You may suffer from revelation fatigue by the end of it. And a lot of things - perhaps a couple too many - are not wrapped up in the story itself, but are ongoing mysteries to be sorted out later. This show is getting like Lost, designed to be picked over on the internet! Let’s hope it doesn’t take seven years to get some answers.
The final, final, final scene, though, will ensure you’ll carry on tuning in to find out what happens next… or maybe in the story after next. Or maybe next season…
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