A minotaur in a virtual reality hotel, terrorising guests and feeding off of their faith created by their fear – yadda , yadda, yadda and David Walliams. Ripping off the Shining, 1408 and any other number of horror movie cliches.
Look, I think there are serious problems with Doctor Who. Apart from Lets Kill Hitler, every one of the following filler episodes have been poor. Who really seems to be running out of steam. I remember watching Sylvester McCoy in his Who final death throws thinking – this is painful to watch, this Who is not quite in that league yet but the stories are getting poor.
It should be building to a climatic season ender but instead, it has lurched from one story to another.
I mean, this is where I think some of the issues are. Last season was great and had the overriding story arc of Amy’s life. Well it still seems to be all about Amy although its getting a wee bit stale now.
Their were some good episodes in the first part of this season : The Impossible Astronaut, the Doctor’s Wife and the Ganga double parter. The second half of this season seems to contain all of the junky stories and half baked plots.
Rory is a complete spare part whose only direction is to wander off at the wrong moment whilst pining endlessly for Amy. Amy seems to have none of the personality of last season and spends an episode gurning at the Doctor and Rory wondering which one she’d like to jump in bed with more. This would have been fine 20 years ago for a Who companion but I expect cleverer writing these days.
Both characters are holding back the show and more importantly, the Doctor. Rose Tyler had a good tenure with the Doctor but bowed out at the right time. The Doctor dropped them both off tonight at their new house and strangely I didn’t feel anything at all about their parting but I doubt they will be gone for long.
Its time he cut them both loose – permanently.
Who needs a major kick up the arse – or Moffat needs to write all of the episodes himself. If they are not careful, the whole thing could get canned, its happened before.
With the 50th anniversary around the corner you think the programme would be going from strength to strength – but it isn’t, as viewing figures are falling, not particularly helped by an American style mid-season break.
I expect better.