That is the most ridiculous, needlessly-expositioney, rude episode I have ever watched! Why is the Doctor insulting Clara every 5 seconds? Why do the soldiers open the door when the Dalek starts screaming “EXTERMINATE!”? Yes, WE GET the Doctor/Dalek parallel! Why do we need it repeated and literally stated? It’s a parallel that’s been made before by (better) writers other than you Mr. Moffat.
"You would make a good Dalek." - "Dalek” Series freakin’ 1, Ep. 6 2005 RTD Era
"You are a good Dalek." - Into the Dalek
See? Been done before. Personally I would have just stuck with the Doctor’s “That’s what you always do.” as the his own self introspection but nope! Apparently Moffat thinks his audience doesn’t understand subtext so someone had to say it out loud. Urgh! Lazy writing irks me.
And why is the Doctor a jackass? What’s the deal with Clara being blatantly rude to Pink and acting like she doesn’t know better? Every decent person knows how incredibly disrespectful it is to speak that way to a soldier, especially one who has seen action. What the actual fuck!
Since when does the Doctor throw away lives so casually? Ten never let someone die without at least apologizing to them. You guys know the apology I’m talking about. The “I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry…” with the face. Ten would have begged Gretchen not to sacrifice herself. He would have pleaded through angry clenched teeth, desperately because how could this person think their life was worth as little as the universe? And when it was all over he would have given her all the credit because no else in the world deserved it more than her. He would have apologized for being unable to save Journey’s brother and taken her with him when she asked. They would have had some heated conversations about the use of guns but it would have been interesting. A lot of Eleven was similarly tainted by Moffat’s writing but I don’t remember him being this bad.
There was just soooooooooo much wrong with this episode. I get where their trying to go but I don’t need my Doctor going down the DC route of “let’s make everything dark and gritty”. What happened to the Lonely Angel? The Good Man Going to War?
Does everyone remember that part of Kingdom Hearts 2 when we all thought that Goofy had fucking died and Mickey Mouse actually said the words, “They’ll pay for this…!” then threw off his Organization cloak like a stone hard motherfucker and went to exact vengeance for his fallen friend?
I mean, this is a canonically accurate depiction of what Mickey Mouse would do if one of his friends were killed and nobody ever talks about it.
I’m optimistic. I like Capaldi’s interpretation and it will be nice to see how he does once he’s in the swing of things. There was also some major character building of Clara beyond Moffat’s typical “the hot, feisty one in a mini skirt” bullshit. I am very comforted now that it is confirmed within the show itself that there won’t be a romantic subplot between the Doctor and his companion. Clara got the same wake up call that Rose got and the one Amy should have gotten ages ago way back in series 5. To this day I absolutely cannot understand Moffat’s constant hard-on for Amy Pond. For real dude, you wrote a her as a shitty character and forced her on us far longer than was necessary. Let her go already!
But YAY! No romantic subplot!
Except Moffat then ruins it by introducing So-Totally-Not-Another-River-Song in the last five minutes. I’m starting to think Moffat is incapable of writing women outside of his incredibly limited, “this is what I find attractive” character tropes. Hopefully this will improve in later episodes.
Madame Vastra and Jenny had some excellent screen time this episode. However Moffat still has trouble writing them. Jenny’s role playing as a maid in order to cover up their relationship is a good enough explanation but, as she herself points out, the charade continues even when there is no need for pretext. Role-playing within a relationship is fine but Jenny expresses a dislike for it. I think it’s fair enough to say this is problematic. Also, I don’t think Vastra’s prejudice towards humanity is being used to the effect that it could be but I don’t trust Moffat to address issues of race anymore than I do feminism.