- Aug 8, 2012
True, true, and me.This could have been a great Doctor cum Lovecraft episode, but ends up being a limping story of love conquering fear. Again.
The Doctor seems to be an infodump device this series. Need to explain something? The Doctor suddenly remembers. At least when she's not running about claiming 'I don't know' all over the place.
Was anyone else hoping that Graham would punch Erik squarely on the nose? No. Just me then I guess.
...just like all the other Doctors? Isn’t that why people say why the Doctor has companions, so there’s someone there they can explain everything (and thus us the audience) to? And it’s generally how it goes, they turn up in some form of mystery and then it takes a fair portion of the episode to gather evidence, review it, turn it over in that big, mad brain of theirs, and form an idea of what’s going on. Like this week, mirror portal, buffer zone, nice replica universe where people are being shown someone they’d find it hard to let go of...only finally then did the Solitract pop into her head. It’s not really suddenly. I reckon people would find it much more annoying, and wouldn’t make for a very good programme, if the Doctor turned up, took one look at the situation and knew what’s going on immediately.The Doctor seems to be an infodump device this series. Need to explain something? The Doctor suddenly remembers. At least when she's not running about claiming 'I don't know' all over the place.
I think that's more the writing to be honest. Like the episode on the spaceship where they literally stopped racing to save their own lives so the Doctor could explain to Yaz what anti-matter was. It's like plot holes - every story has them, but in the good ones you're so invested in what's going on you don't really notice them.I don't know why, but the way Whitaker does it feels a little unnatural to me, so I guess it sticks out to me.
The sheep wars.
Oft mentioned in previous regenerations of Who. Apparently it was absolute carnage like lambs to the slaughter. The Who's Who, What, Where of Earth history tells us it ranks well above the several invasions of the more peaceful species that have attempted to take over from man as the top dog on the planet. The Daleks' Solarians and the all the other's worst fear was that the sheep might join in on the side of the humans. The Cybermen actually turned back several invasion fleets just on the rumour that the sheep had resumed the manufacture of their favourite weapons - "Golden Fleeces". Yes we humans, even though we mercilessly quashed the sheep ourselves, have much to thank these apparently peace loving guardians.
Arriving at the top of a scenic hill overlooking a fjord, the Doctor deduces they’re in Norway, though not because of the fjord, but rather because of the taste of the soil. A stray sheep leads to her wondering if they’ve arrived in the midst of the Woolly Rebellion in 2211, in which there’s “a total renegotiation of the sheep-human relationship. Utter bloodbath.” If you don’t want to see that made into an actual Doctor Who episode, then we can’t be friends.
-- Ross Ruediger, Vulture
i also thought that was fairly well known.Perhaps the writer thought that the previous episodes where the TARDIS decided to go somewhere/sometime, based on something being amiss would have sunk in by now... particularly when, in this case, the thing that was amiss was an attempt to link our universe with something incompatible with our universe.