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08 September 2014 @ 07:48 pm
Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood  
After an extended viewing absence by me, I returned to catch the latest episode of Doctor Who to check out how Capaldi is faring as the latest version of the Time Lord.


The episode I watched was penned by Mark Gatiss and involved the Doctor and Clara meeting Robin Hood because the former told the latter she could pick their next trip. The episode is completely and utterly silly. There are plot holes the size of forests and I'm pretty sure you would almost HAVE to be a three year old to not ask the questions that would make the episode fall apart on a plot level. But a lot of the episode was at least entertaining thanks to the acting done by Capaldi and Tom Riley as Robin Hood.

I think my favorite scene had to be Robin introducing his Merry Men to Clara while the Doctor almost feverishly tries to prove these men cannot be real because Robin Hood is fictional.

Doctor: (looking at a blood sample of one of the men) All these diseases! If you were real you'd be dead in six months.
Merry Man: But I am real.
Doctor: ...bye...

All of which culiminates into the Doctor getting completely fed up by how merry the Merry Men all are all the damn time. "Stop laughing. Why are you always doing that? Are you all simple or something?" The Doctor hating on the laughing is made all the more wonderful by Robin Hood purposefully laughing all the time later on just to annoy him.

Capaldi is totally channeling Malcolm Tucker to play the Doctor. Like a very sanitized version of Malcolm Tucker. For that alone I might check out one more episode but overall this doesn't really feel like a show I want to give too much time to.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on September 9th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
I thought this episode was excessively silly; the Doctor was just too grouchy and yet immature. I liked him better in the previous two episodes, really.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 9th, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I kind of liked his grouchy-ness but it got a little weird once he and Robin Hood tried one upping each other when in the dungeons. I'm going to try and watch the next one which seems very Blink-esque.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on September 9th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
once he and Robin Hood tried one upping each other when in the dungeons
I hated that bit! Daughter laughed her head off, so I guess she was still in the target audience, but it was just too ridiculous. It was Gatiss, who can be as bad as Moffat when it comes to sacrificing characterization for laughs.

I did like Robin, and poor Alan a Dale (and the Doctor's behavior around poor Alan a Dale), and the silly spaceship disguised as a castle struck me as very retro DW.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 9th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
I also have to say that I think the director changed his mind halfway through the episode on how he wanted Ben Miller to play his villain character. There were moments when he seemed almost genuinely villain-ish in a serial killer sort of way. And then there were moments when he was sort of buffoonish.

and poor Alan a Dale

Played by Mark Gatiss' husband!

Daughter laughed her head off, so I guess she was still in the target audience, but it was just too ridiculous.

Yeah...there's something very childish about DW ever since Moffat took over and not in a good way.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 9th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
I...keep forgetting to care about Doctor Who, to be honest. I just sort of stopped watching last series and never picked it up again. It stopped being hopeful and decided to just be creepy instead, and I stopped enjoying it. I was going to try the new Doctor on for size, but I once again forgot it was on.

Tom Riley played a very good Wickham in Lost in Austen (which, despite being the very worst self-insertion fanfic come to life, I actually really love). Was he less smarmy as Robin Hood? I'm having a bit of trouble not seeing him as smarmy.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 9th, 2014 04:23 am (UTC)
I just sort of stopped watching last series and never picked it up again. It stopped being hopeful and decided to just be creepy instead, and I stopped enjoying it.

RTD always was more character-driven than anything else and I really ended up missing that once Moffat took over. I only made it through about half of the first season with Matt Smith and stopped because it felt like I was watching barely sketched in characters showing me a plot that wasn't that interesting.

Was he less smarmy as Robin Hood? I'm having a bit of trouble not seeing him as smarmy.

I wouldn't say smarmy. He was more rakish with a bit of a bon vivant attitude. He did a lot of "I laugh in the face of death, HA HA!"