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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dr Who - Season 7 Part 2

 Well, it's the day a lot of people have been waiting for, me being one of them.  Tonight, the second half of Dr Who Season 7 aired and with our new companion, Clara Oswald.  I was riveted.  The first half of Season 7 was only 5 episodes and it started airing last September.  I have been so anxious for the new episodes to start airing with only the Christmas episode to break the monotony of broadcast television.  I really do watch very little television.  I am more of a chronic channel flipper or I watch Netflix or Blu Ray / DVDs.  I think that's why I am so full of angst waiting for the new episodes to air.  I currently only really watch Dr Who, Game of Thrones and sometimes Top Gear.  No, I'm not a gearhead.  I just think those guys are funny.  And I watch hockey, but that is hardly a regular broadcast.

But back to our story.

While not perhaps the strongest story I've seen, there was a lot going on with continuity and some nods to the Amy / Rory run.  It does set up the second half of the season nicely, though.

I'm not really going to talk about the plot as I don't want to give anything away.  I do want to say, though, that I absolutely love Clara so far.  I think she's a really good character and is more than a match for our Raggedy Man.  She has a quick mind and she's curious about everything, always asking questions.  While she is struck dumb by the interior of the Tardis, she takes everything else in stride and I think she'll be a good balance for The Doctor.

The Doctor is as witty, funny and charming as ever and so, so clever.  While I still pine after the David Tennant days, I still do love Matt Smith.  He shows a bit of a vulnerability that the prior two doctors  didn't really show as much, but he can also be hard as steel, the doom bringer.

The only negative thing I have to say is that there are only going to be 8 new episodes at this time.  Strike that, 7 more new episodes.  This frustrates me to no end.  I realize all the seasons are 13 episodes, but I think it is the amount of time between part 1 and part 2 of the season that is throwing me off.  I'm not even sure which season we are in anymore, although the episode guide tells me we are in Season 7...still.

The only thing I would advise is to watch the prequel video first.  You can find it on the BBC Dr Who page.



  1. I haven't made up my mind about Clara yet, but not impressed so far. Didn't feel that this was as strong an episode as you did, and it was the first that I didn't watch multiple times. Maybe I just haven't gotten over the Ponds yet?

  2. Well, episode 1 was a bit slow, having to set up the story. Now that I've seen the second episode I'm beginning to feel like they are trying to make Clara too clever. It's like she's trying too hard. I like her, don't get me wrong, by Rose and Donna will always be my favorites I think.

    1. Was never a big Rose fan. I still have fond memories of Tegan and Nyssa (dating myself), but the Ponds are hard to get over.

    2. I agree they were unique. I like the different dynamic the Ponds brought to the show, but I had moments of swoonage with the 10th Doctor and Rose and I just keep going back to those episodes. Let's give Clara a chance shall we? Although, I don't have entirely high hoopes for this week's episode taking place in the submarine, but we'll see...

      Let's compare notes next week.