A quick stop and listen now Dr Who series 8 has reached the fixed point of half-season. Spoilers for the six broadcast episodes are guaranteed, but no conspiracy and little speculation – just as look at how The Twelfth’s bedding in…
NO JOKE, BUT IT’S ALREADY A SERIES OF TWO HALVES.
Moffat has clearly settled on the direction for his period of showrunning
The overall impression is that it’s an outstanding series so far, but for all the great direction, cinematography and music and fine acting there are non-sequiturs and narrative glitches abounding. The Dalek that wants to fix itself, who rates the destruction of Daleks as exclusive to killing humans, the chalk that disappears, the writing that appears, Cousin It in the bed, why Orson walked into a restaurant in full garb to beckon a girl he didn’t know and didn’t pick something up from the kitchen…
There’s no point picking on these. Steven Moffat has clearly settled on the direction for his period of showrunning, and this series is its golden age – Like early Hinchcliffe and Key to Time Williams… It simply doesn’t matter if it makes sense. I can see why. An irascible and hard-working writer-producer, he’s endured criticism. So you may as well pile up the plot-holes as it’s impossible to torpedo an absence of logic.. In any event, picking plot holes in a work of fiction, especially one with such a broad format, built on impossibility… Is a thankless task isn’t it?
Strands of Time and Space
Searching for logic here is pointless
Away from that, there have been three strands to what’s certainly been an involving series.
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