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I have just about seen the new Doctor episodes. I had, when I started seeing Doctor Who, as good as nothing in the form of expectations about what Doctor Who was. I think I have some memory fragments of a few Doctor Who episodes that got send on Swedish tv., when I was a child. But the only thing I can really remember from them was a man with long neck scarf and some green slime that infected people.
If I should sum up, what my overall view of the series is, would it be: pretty damn good, a little campy but not over the top. Liked the characters all of them, yes even Mickey. And even the Time Travel element, a point that I dreaded because it requires a very well developed world building, that in most film and many books, just not get done right (imo), Stephen Baxter’s “The Time Machine” is one the few books that does it right, again imo. But Doctor Who sidesteps that problem with just saying ‘Time travel, it’s really really complicated, and I am not sure that you monkeys could understand it anyway’ that works for me.
It’s also a without question a very British production, somehow would I very much doubt that on an popular US show, could you have the main character, give the welfare state his blessing. The body count took me with completely with surprised. I had expected a less action filled and not a very scary show, that was not what I got. You get the feeling that nobody was safe, except The Doctor and Rose, and lot of the time was I not so sure about Rose.
Spoilers for ‘Boom Town’
I think that serie is in some way inspired of some of Joss works for example there is a line that the Doctor gave the complex villain of the week, who was angling for some redemption/mercy tells him that she spared someone and can therefore change, he tells her, "You let one of them go, but that's nothing new… that's how you live with yourself, that's how you slaughter millions. Because once in a while, on a whim, if the wind's blowing in the right direction, you happen to be kind." The villains comeback line is just as good "Only a killer would know that. Is that right? From what I've seen your funny little happy-go-lucky life leaves devastation in its wake… playing with so many people's lives you might as well be a god.". I think I could very well see these lines in one of Joss better productions.
Like Joss do the Doctor Who writers also have a tendency to use Deus ex machina solutions, but not so bluntly that it did distract me from as it did in ‘Chosen’.
Anyway highly recommended if one can take the mixture lightness and seriousness that seems to me to be the essence of this show.

Lynda-with-a-Y, you will be missed.

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