Monday, June 04, 2007

Doctor Who 3.8 & 3.9 "Human Nature/Family of Blood"

Wow. I'm usually pretty critical of this show, and this two parter is exactly the reason why: because they are capable of so much more than they give us on a regular basis.

I thought this two-parter was the best episode they have *ever* done. It was a sprawling period epic with moments of unexpectedly touching intimacy and character work, high fantasy, impressive historical detail, great acting (especially Jessica Hynes nee Stevenson, but obviously David Tennant, as well)... And it also featured that treatment of the time travel element (fast road/slow road) I always find so compelling on the show.

They will have a hard time ever topping this two parter, but they should always be in the process of trying: this is their new gold standard.



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