[Doctor Who] S02E07: The Idiot’s Lantern

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Watch Date: 2018-11-18

The monster starts out scary but only ends up campy towards the end as we see more of her / it. So it goes.

Rose is really being written well these episodes. She does a lot, and is neither a pure Damsel in Distress nor a Deus ex Machina.

In the last season, I thought that Doctor Who was being oversmart in the episode where they critique reality TV… but on a TV program. I am a little more forgiving in this season – the critique seems smart rather than oversmart, but maybe this is just because I like the Tenth Doctor more than the Ninth Doctor. But the critique does seem a little more layered and less shallow this time around. Is it refuting or mocking the cliche that it sucks your brains out? Is sitting mindlessly in front of a TV better, worse, or as bad as the slavish devotion to the British Royal Family? Lots of questions thrown up in my opinion.

Tommy taking on his father with a big speech was a little eyerolly. Does anybody, particularly a sixteen year old, really deliver such a political “You fought against fascism and now you’ve become one yourself!” speech extempore? I suppose he could have been planning it for a while in his head. Then again, maybe it’s eyerolly in 2018 because it seems too pat; and it would have been a new idea in – when was this? 2006? 2007?

But on a larger note, there seems to be this theme of obnoxious and overbearing dads running through British writing. Matilda’s father from Roald Dahl, Vernon Dursley, and now this Connolly. Has TV tropes already named it? We shall see, we shall see.

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