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Doctor Who 4.08 Silence In The Library

Hurray for Steven Moffat!

I can't even remember everything I loved about this episode. I mean, A LIBRARY PLANET. Dude. I really wanted the books to be sentient, bah. Donna went so far down in my estimation when she'd rather be on a beach than in the biggest library ever. (But I may be abnormal.)

Moffat's got a definite "type" of episode - spooky, genuinely atmospheric, shippy, better on Plot than Character. Makes me wonder how many episodes he'll write of season 10, and whether he'll be able to branch out. There were bits and pieces of character work I liked this ep, but Donna seemed to have regressed to Runaway Bride form again, not listening to the Doctor and being too slow to believe the weirdness. But she's so doomed anyway.

I liked River Song - I like Alex Kingston, for a start - although she's surely doomed too, because she knows the Ten incarnation over a period of years. That's not going to happen in the broadcast show, anyway, though it would be interesting if they managed to set it up in a way they could have an entire series of spin-off books (or audios) about the Doctor and River.

References! A very timely Indiana Jones one - big library with a star pattern in the middle, and the Doctor asking River's crew if they're Grail questers. Unless I imagined that. The whole River Song and the diary, her love story with the time traveller, is very reminiscent of The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Which made me grumpy because I didn't like the end of that book, but I'm assuming this one won't have the same problems for me. River has Captain Jack's type of sonic blaster as well as a sonic screwdriver - unless she had one device doing it all, but anyway, the square fire pattern was straight out of Empty Child. From the Banana Scene, which made me laugh because I read something recently about Moffat saying he wasn't going to do his trademark banana references any more, and now I'm getting them in my head anyway... Doctor in the telly is similar to Blink, now I come to think of it, though at first it reminded me more of the puppet episode of Angel.

I was beautifully confused by the girl/computer, and having a traumatised computer imagining it's a little girl is somehow fabulous even though it's also a little bit ludicrous. (Yeah, yeah, I know.) The flesh eaters in the shadows - that's just being mean to kids, really, isn't it? Hee. And Evil Stig! Hurray.

I wasn't sure what to think of this episode in relation to Moffat's possible sexism. I didn't like the way he showed Donna for the most part - stupid, and apparently crushing on the Doctor (*headdesk*). And the other women in the episode, we had love interest (although admittedly kick-ass), dead bimbo, and one other who failed to have any sort of personality, yet gave me the vague impression she'd been written as a male character and swapped to female late on. I know it's not possible to flesh out all the characters in 45 minutes, but the Proper Dave and Other Dave thing was a nice hook.

Dead bimbo - Miss Evangelista - was really familiar to me all the way through, so I checked wiki and she was in the Phoo Action show I was going on about in February, also directed by Euros Lyn. Her acting style seemed like it belonged in a different show, very possibly Phoo Action, which is much more hammy. (More hammy than Who? Good God. But it is.) And yet I liked her anyway.

A whole week to wait. There must be some lovely screencaps from this episode - maybe I'll make icons.



May. 31st, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought Donna was more abrasive and less clever than usual in this ep.


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