REVIEW: Doctor Who – Cold Blood

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This was another solid episode for the season. This two-parter was primarily a horror story, and managed to show some of the best and worst aspects of human nature. Spoilers to follow.

The tone of the story dramatically shifts in part two as the mystery of the Silurians is revealed and the internal conflict of their society takes center stage. As the mammals and reptiles come together, the two species trying to resolve how they will share the planet brings up some interesting issues, but comes off a little silly in its presentation. This is quickly erased as the action picks up and the reptilian military makes their move. Read more of this article »


REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Hungry Earth

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This was a creepy episode. There’s just something about a mysterious little town, a graveyard and something running around in the dark that makes for a fun show. Spoilers to follow.

It was great to see another classic villain return in the new series. The Silurians aren’t top tier like Daleks and Cybermen, but they have a history going all the way back to Doctor #3 in 1970 and this was a perfect way to reintroduce them. All the pieces fit together nicely and the conflict being based on unintended harm made for a better story here than an invasion or anything directly hostile. Of course, before the episode finishes it’s clear that there may be some hostile intent yet to be revealed.

I liked seeing Amy removed from the central action to allow The Doctor and Rory to interact more directly. In fact, Rory actually had a much larger part in this episode than any other this season and I actually have a lot more interest in the character because of it.

I always enjoy when a “to be continued” takes me by surprise. The idea that The Doctor has to convince his enemies (and his allies) to see the best in humanity really drives the story into part two next week. I’ll reserve judgement on the episode until everything wraps, but this was a good part one of two.

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Amy’s Choice / Cold Blood