Unless you'reading this tomorrow, then happy Sunday to you!
If you're reading this yesterday, how are you doing that? But nonetheless, Happy Friday to you!
We're down to 3 new episodes of Doctor Who Series 10 and we're getting closer to our farewells to Peter Capaldi & Steven Moffat. (Please don't go!)
The Noff's successor, Chris Chibnall (a.k.a. "The Chib") got some press for his upcoming turn as head writer and executive producer.
Chris said the BBC hired him to be "risky and bold". He added, “I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that’, but they said: ‘Great!’”
One such idea was a season long story, much like what Chibnall did for Broadchurch.
Whatever the Chib (That's not going to catch on, is it?) has planned, we still have Peter and Steve with us.
Tonight is the premier of "The Eaters of Light". But before we reach for the future, let's look at where we've been.
Here are some thoughts on last week's episode, the "Empress of Mars", right after break.
Oh, look: Rocks!
The Doctor smiles broadly. Oh boy! A new mystery.
Do. Not. Touch!
Then Godsacre begs Iraxxa to kill him. He is prepared to give his life to save his men.
Iraxxa's impressed. She calls off the attack in exchange for Godsacre pledging himself to the Ice Warriors. The Doctor covertly contacts Alpha Centauri (an alien being, not the star system) to assist the Ice Warriors finding somewhere else to live since Mars isn't as fun as it used to be.
Meanwhile, Missy seems to very concerned about the Doctor's well-being.
They hold a really long, very awkward stare at each other. They're not going to make out, are they? Ewwww!
Mark Gattis delivers a solid story that would've worked well in the classic series, even with their budget. Definitely for Jon Pertwee's third Doctor. It's a solid adventure of humans vs. aliens. It's a conflict entirely of their own making, each race's arrogance and sense of superiority over the other is what drives the fighting.
Bill is not as powerful a presence as she has been in previous episodes. She does get a good moment when the Empress looks to Bill for her opinion because she is female. Nardole just gets shunted off by
The big twist is the human army are British soldiers in service to Queen Victoria. They certainly are possessed of a strong sense of entitlement, indicative of men in the Victorian era. The whole idea of Victorian men with their contemporaneous 19th century tech on Mars and acting like they own the place? Straight out of an H G Wells story.
Nice touch: the painting of Queen Victoria looks like the one we met way back in Series 2, Tooth & Claw.
Empress of Mars is a perfectly serviceable story; not very remarkable but hardly an embarrassment. Just a nice one off adventure before things get really intense by the end of Series 10.
Seriously though, what was the deal with that really long, very awkward stare between the Doctor and Missy?
Tonight, The Eaters of Light, the first new era Doctor Who story by a writer from the classic series, Rona Munro.
Tonight at 9 PM on BBC America.
The write up will post next Saturday.
Until next time, remember to be good to one another.