It's been 45 minutes since the transmission (heh-heh-heh, did you see what I did there, saying "transmission" like they always do in Britain? That's all I got...) on this side of the pond of "Flatline". And with each passing minute I'm coming to be convinced more and more that this episode of Doctor Who may be one of the very best since the legendary "Blink" of David Tennant's era.
Yes. It's that good.
So what made "Flatline" so awesome?
1. The most terrific interaction we've seen yet between Clara and the Twelfth Doctor, despite the fact that they were rarely together (more or less).
2. Clara standing on her own two feet and showing what she's capable of when practically alone.
3. The incredible shrinking TARDIS (and won't the toymakers go crazy with that one...)
4. A cerebral concept that was brilliantly executed and was quite easy to follow along.
5. Secondary characters that viewers could readily empathize with.
6. The Boneless: perhaps the most original new monsters since the Weeping Angels arrived in "Blink" several years ago. And just as horrific.
7. The "I am the Doctor!" scene where the Doctor breaks bad and reminds us that no matter how afraid we may be of the monsters, the monsters will always be afraid of the Doctor.
All in all, "Flatline" is an absolute hoot of an episode and I'll no doubt watch it again from my DVR before the weekend is out (maybe before tomorrow night's The Walking Dead).
Something else that I've been meaning to mention. I am really digging the music that Murray Gold came up with for the Twelfth Doctor's theme. There is an epic majesty and sense of mystery to it that complements Capaldi's Doctor just as spot-on as "I Am The Doctor" was for Matt Smith's. Here's hoping that the BBC won't be long in putting out a Series 8/Season 30-something soundtrack. Then again, we're still waiting for that score from "The Day of the Doctor"/"The Time of the Doctor" from the fiftieth anniversary last year. What's the hold-up on that anyway?!
But guess what? I found out tonight that November 8th sees the return of Doctor Who to PBS! That's also the night that BBC America broadcasts the season finale. So that'll be at least two hours of Doctor Who spread out across two networks. Doctor Who once again on PBS every Saturday...
...somehow, that makes things seem a little brighter in the world.
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