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Visit the official Doctor Who website
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Asylum seekers...

Asylum seekers...
Refuge of the Daleks

Doctor Who picture resource

Doctor Who picture resource
Roam the space lanes!

Explore the Doctor Who classic series website

Explore the Doctor Who classic series website
Step back in time

Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood

Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood
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Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures

Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures
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Call on Dani’s House

Call on Dani’s House
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Intercept the UFO fabsite
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Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse

Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse
Programmable agent Echo exposed!

Hell’s belles

Hell’s belles
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Love Exposure

Love Exposure
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Primeval portal

Primeval portal
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Charmed, to be sure!

Charmed, to be sure!
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Take on t.A.T.u.

Take on t.A.T.u.
All the way from Moscow

Proceed to the Luther website

Proceed to the Luther website
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DCI Banks is on the case

DCI Banks is on the case
You can bet on it!

On The Grid with Spooks

On The Grid with Spooks
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Bridge to Hustle

Bridge to Hustle
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Life on Ashes To Ashes

Life on Ashes To Ashes
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Claire’s no Exile

Claire’s no Exile
Goose steps

Vexed is back on the beat!

Vexed is back on the beat!
Mismatched DI Armstrong and bright fast-tracker Georgina Dixon

Medium, both super and natural

Medium, both super and natural
Open the door to your dreams

Who’s that girl? (350-picture Slideshow)

Monday, 8 May 2006

From time to time...


Steven Moffat became the first writer, other than head honcho RTD of course, to return to the fold of new "Doctor Who" scribes with the fourth episode in the new series, "The Girl in the Fireplace". Expectations were high because Steven penned the most successful story of the first season but I was concerned this brief encounter between the Doctor and Madame de Pompadour might become lost, sandwiched between the return of great programme icons Sarah Jane Smith and K9, last weekend, and the Cybermen, returning to our screens from next Saturday. This is probably why Steven was allocated this episode in the run, to make sure of a strong script, one impossible to forget.


From the outset, one knows, stylistically, this is by the same author as "The Empty Child", as the opening mystery is set up. Within just a few brief moments, the audience is asking how does Mme de Pompadour know of the Doctor in order to call on him for help when the court of Versailles, back in 18th-century France, falls under attack from futuristic killer clockwork droids?

Steven seems particularly adept at writing for children, evidenced, on this occasion, when the Doctor first meets the woman, during her childhood, who was destined to become the mistress of Louis XV. Without the aid of his TARDIS, made all but redundant with the time-portal plot device, the Doctor drops in on her on a number of occasions, between the ages of 7, when she is marvellously played by Jessica Atkins before, in adulthood, being portrayed by Sophia Myles, and 37 but, rather poignantly, misses a final meeting due to her natural but untimely death at the age of 43. Ben Turner, as King Louis, handles the dialogue with great sensitivity during the closing stages of the drama.

3 comments:

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Loving the new series of Doctor Who !! It just keeps getting better,fun for the whole family,it's great to see my kids hiding behind their fingers like I used to when John Pertwee was Doctor !

karensff said...

Hi,

I hear you were looking for me :). Thanks for the concern. I was sick again and just needed a lot longer to recover than I normally would because of work. I'm back to normal now though and hope to get my blog back up and running.

I've really enjoyed reading your reviews on the Doctor Who episodes. I have been enjoying the episodes themselves too. Although I sometimes feel that David Tennant's Doctor is a little OTT. I get the feeling that maybe he is trying too hard to establish his own Doctor. Or maybe he is just overcome in the excitement of getting his dream role. Can't help but get caught up in the enthusiasm though. Very much looking forward to next weeks Cyebermen story.

Karen
x

Stuart Douglas said...

Looks like it's just me in the whole world who wasn't overly impressed by TGITF.

It wasn't rubbish or anything, but it fell terribly flat for me with an implausible romance and a contrived ending.

Still - the Cybermen are up next!