Monday, 25 April 2011
Looking at Facebook afterwards, fans were impressed, so why do I feel a little unsure by the opening episode?
Technically, it was brilliant, a real triumph for the production team. Filmed in America, it had wonderfully huge feel to it, managing to look like a big budget adventure and keep a cinematic feel. The performances were spot on too, and the writing had some excellent moments.
But it just didn't work for me; perhaps it was the opening episode being a two-parter, with 'The Impossible Astronaut; to be concluded next week. Perhaps it was the darker tone, that made it hard to sympathise with the characters; it could have been that The Doctor was killed in the first act and it leant a sort of uneasy feel with him and his associates, if this is the story arc it may have been better to start getting in to it in episode two.I was also unsure about the Doctor, Matt Smith plays him excellently, but here he felt just a little too detached from everything. One thing that stuck with me was that if the Doctor saves the human race every time then he must have huge love and respect for them, if he does then why has he got his feet up on the desk of the President of the USA? That niggled me, I know he does not recognise authority but that's just a little lazy for me. I'm finding faults and I hate that, but for some reason I finished watching it and just thought 'oh'. I was neither excited nor disappointed. Maybe the concluding part will bring me back.