Series 6 Ep 2 - Sex and Story Arcs
“Every episode on Playboy TV does just fine without a series arc” - Anonymous, 2011
I have been scratching my head trying to think of the last time I got moist and happy from a TV Series with a Story Arc. The latest Series story arc for BIGFINISH’s 8th Doctor range was akin to something you’d find under an elderly gentleman’s unwashed foreskin. Certainly in New Who I am still sitting here and waiting for the satisfaction to enter my brain from Bad Wolf, the Pandorica and Bernard Cribbins knocking. In Smith 2.2 we drown in a sea of questions revolving around the Story Arc. Every two minutes another question presents itself which, based on previous NuWho arcs will probably never get a satisfactory answer…….
Why are the Silence wearing suits and dressed like the CIA?
I know the Silence can’t wear sunglasses like the CIA because of their heads, that’s one answer down.
Why does Amy appear pregnant one moment and not the next?
Dodgy baby, dodgy pregnancy test, dodgy urine?
Who does River Song kill? Who is the little girl at the end? Why is somebody in an astronaut’s suit coming out of a lake? Whose the woman with the eye patch and why does she dissappear? Why is Rory such a doormat? Why can’t a man marry another man?
How do you keep score perfectly on your own forehead?
Other things we’ll very likely see again during this series will be the Silence, the in-palm nano recorders and unfortunately Karen Gillan.
Once again I think Moff has just made it too complicated for the mainstream. For me it’s fine, a bit too much arc and not enough story but I liked the episode. I am sure most kids and the casual fan will be wondering what the fuck is going on. I read today that Moffat has said he finds it exhausting writing Who because he is writing for a brilliant mind. That makes sense. He clearly isn’t writing for a family audience for me in this episode. Without a family audience I worry about the future of NuWho.
Talk of writing for a family audience brings me to my second scrotal sprain about the episode…”I want to marry another man who is black”. Why did we need to have that line? Why? I don’t understand. It was totally unncessary.I was watching Dr Who wasn’t I? This wasn’t Torchwood. We already have an adult version of Doctor Who called Torchwood that deals with Sex and adult themes. Let kids be kids, scare them and entertain them and let them discover sex and sexuality when they are old enough, do we really need to ram it down the throats of kids (no pun intended)?
As always with the Smith era my other episode stain was Karen Gillan. “It was a figure of speech, moron” she said lovingly and condescendingly to her husband. I detest the character of Amy, I really do. I’m starting to be uncertain about the character of Rory too now as he is such a doormat.
OK, now I have wiped away all the bad stuff from my mind’s arse I can now fill my bowels again with all the good stuff about this episode and the series opener. I said I liked this episode and I did…..
My No.1 like? Matt Smith. I burst out laughing with his lines after being discovered fiddling about with Apollo 11. He is funny, eccentric and full of energy and may need to carry the rest of the characters through a series again. Another thing I liked about the past two episodes? They were iDalek free. The Silence are very scary for kids and a great new enemy and I am so pleased to be iDalek free. Throw in a spooky house, Area 51 and filming in America. For me it’s a 8/10. I also liked the Time child as I miss the Timelords, well the classic Who Timelords. Who was the woman in End of Time? Who?