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Crumbs, that was one of the best episodes ever.

Especially for an episode that didn't really have the Doctor in it. In Hartnell's day, he would take a week or two off here and there and nobody would really notice. None of his successors managed to get away with it to the same extent though.

By truly bizarre coincidence, I banged in my ancient videocassette of Frontier In Space this afternoon, and in the first episode there is a 26th century newsreader played by Louis Mahoney. And there he is again this evening, playing the older version of Billy. (It would be a truly brilliant example of synchronicity if he had appeared in a Doctor Who episode first broadcast in 1969, but it was 1973. And, I see on further research, also 1975.)

Edited to add: major_clanger makes a good point about 1973 as a missed opportunity for further synchronicity!

Even the great Robert Holmes had an off day now and then. But Steven Moffat is now definitely the greatest Doctor Who writer of all time. Each of his stories has been outstanding.

I say it again. That was one of the best episodes ever.


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Jun. 9th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
That was one of the best episodes ever

Which, considering how good the last two episodes were, is certainly saying something. Long may it last!
Jun. 10th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
Agreed, very impressed I am.
Jun. 10th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
*bows reverently before your icon*
Jun. 10th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Stole it, naturally, but it's pretty much what I was looking for. There's a t-shirt of cafepress as well:

I'd order it, but I'm saving money :-(
Jun. 9th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Indeed, it was rather good, wasn't it? Not *quite* as scary as I'd expected, but certainly creepy and atmospheric - and brilliantly paced, perfectly suited to the 42 minutes (which is one thing I think the entire Doctor Who team have got a lot better at this season). Let's hope this sort of quality keeps up to the end. :)
Jun. 9th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, quality. A few minor gripes, but the angels were great, the plotting was dense, the dialogue was sparky, the DVD easter egg was funny and spooky in good proportions, and they got the classic time-travel circularity thing dead right: someone's been reading their old Heinlein shorts.
Joe says: "it was good, but the angels' faces were sometimes very scary."
I would strike the 'but': classic behind-the-sofa moments there.
Jun. 9th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, wasn't it just! Perfect time circularity, in a way that managed to be so creepy - saying goodbye to young Billy, then seeing old Billy 10 minutes later in hospital - wow! And the little hints of self-referential fandomy knowingness. Or something. And they had a good enough actress to pull the guest lead role off with the regulars barely appearing.

Turning out to be an impressive season, I reckon.
Jun. 10th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Wow! indeed
Yes, I loved:

It was raining when we first met.

It's the same rain...
Jun. 10th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Schrödinger and 'cat in a box' gone Who. Fantastic.
Jun. 10th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
It was alright. The main character was slightly too thick for me, the menace was made more menacing because nobody remembered sledgehammers, while there were a few holes in the plot as well.

Apart from that however, the central idea was very well done with villains that for once don't disintegrate their victims.

Jun. 10th, 2007 09:46 am (UTC)
[just watched it]
and kind of really scary
I really want to watch next week's episode!
Jun. 10th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
I was impressively good, and I'm very happy we don't have any statues in the garden...
Jun. 10th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
The whole season has been rife with terrifying villains which can be easily reproduced in the playground. Starting with the haemovore in ep 1 (the drinking straw). "Burn with me" in 42. The Family of Blood (cocked head and a sniff). Blink is just "Grandmother's Footsteps", a game known by every child already.
The closing seconds of Blink were also excellent. How many nightmares for every child viewer? How many houses, gardens, cemeteries, public buildings, past which young steps will quicken? Genius.
Jun. 11th, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
Two q's:

Does that refer to anything, the bows and arrows, the 3 things and a lizard?

Doesn't Carey Mulligan look like Katy Manning? Even their names are similar.

Anonymously yours,
Jun. 11th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, yes! Classic behind-the-sofa stuff (and I had worried visits from Abi for the rest of the evening...)
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