The Doctor: 'Stay with me! You can do it! Stay with me! Come on!! You and me, one last time!'
perhaps we didn't get all the answers we were looking for, but there
was more than enough good stuff in tonight's episode to compensate—particularly if the hanging threads are picked up in a future episode.
Each season of Nu-Who (so far) has produced at least one stand-out
story worthy of our praise. This was probably season four's.
Lux went up in my estimations this week. His character initially seemed a little one dimensional, and his obsession with protecting the
family patent made him come across as cold and unlikeable—yet as the
story developed, and his relationship with Charlotte was revealed, I
found myself unexpectedly warming to him. Steve Pemberton is the second
member of The League of Gentlemen to appear in Doctor Who.
Mark Gatiss played Richard Lazarus in last season's 'The Lazarus
Experiment'. I wonder if Reece Shearsmith will ever make an appearance?
He'd make a great villain.
I was also surprised by the return of Miss
Evangelista. Like Lux, she had a weak first episode. Her breaking off
from the main group was one of those clichéd horror movie moments that
had me shaking my head in disgust, and although I found her death last
episode moderately moving, it was more the concept of 'ghosting' which got
to me than her actually dying. Ironically, post-death she was
infinitely more interesting. Her accentuated IQ, combined with black
dress and veil, gave her a distinct air of creepiness—unfortunately, it vanished the moment we saw her face. She looked as though
she'd been Photoshopped. Which, I suppose, was the point, what with us
being in the realms of computers and hard drives, but it still looked a little amateurish.
The bizarre switch of focus from the
horrors of the library, to Donna's disjointed inner world—with its
fragmented time line and surreal surroundings—totally worked. The
humour, too, seemed better judged. All too often Donna's comedy
style has shown the unmistakable hallmarks of Catherine Tate,
comedienne—all shouty and abrasive—but, tonight, the puns were more
subtle and fitted the character of Donna perfectly. That's not to say
there wasn't the occasional slip back into Tate-ville, but overall I
preferred the softer humour.
But the big question
remains: who is River Song? Two episodes in and we're still none the
wiser. Song is the second Who character to share the name of a Firefly
character (the first being General Cobb from 'The Doctor's Daughter'),
yet they didn't
really add much to what we learned last week. Apart from Song knowing
the Doctor's real name. I loved the way Tennant handled that revelation—his face was absolutely inscrutable. What situation could possibly necessitate that the Doctor tell Song
his name? And what are we to make of Lux's comment about them squabbling
like an 'old married couple'? Was that just some throw away comment, or
was it meant to have some not-so-subtle implications?
this was Donna's episode. After spending much of it living in a fantasy
world, she had to come to terms with her perfect husband (perfect
because he could hardly speak), and her beautiful children, not being
real. Except, in truth, Lee was real. He'd been saved to the Library's
hard drive, like the other 4022 survivors—yet when he tried to call
her name, cruelly, his stammer got in the way, and Donna walked away
oblivious to his existence. How sad, and yet, utterly typical. Donna just can't
seem to catch a break.
—The Doctor can open his TARDIS with the snap of his fingers? Could he always do that and just didn't know?
—After CAL's restoration of Lady Evangelista, I wonder if her intelligence remained?
—According to Steven Moffat, the squareness gun was the same one used by Jack Harkness in 'The Doctor Dances'.
—Everybody lived! Kind of. Despite being killed in real life, they were
all transferred to the Library's computer—thus freeing them up to
return, no doubt.
—How did the Doctor get out of those handcuffs?
River: 'You think they could be fooled like that?'
Doctor: 'Maybe, I don't know. It's a swarm. It's not like we chat.'
River: 'The Doctor in the Tardis. Next stop, everywhere.'
Donna: 'So this isn't the real me. This isn't my real body. (angrily) I've been dieting!'
Doctor: 'I'm the Doctor, and you're in the biggest library in the universe. Look me up.'
The Doctor: 'Why am I handcuffed... why would you even have handcuffs?'
River: 'There's nothing you can do.'
Doctor: 'You can let me do this!'
River: 'If you die here, it'll mean I've never met you.'
Doctor: 'Time can be rewritten!'
River: 'Not those times. Not one line. Don't you dare! It's okay. It's okay,
it's not over for you. You'll see me again. You've got all of that to
come. You and me, time and space. You watch us run!'
Doctor: 'River, you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear.
There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name. There's only
one time I could...'
River: 'Hush, now. Spoilers.'