November 25, 2012

Doctor Who: "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"

Doctor Who: "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" (tv special), 2011. A British family during WWII is treated to an unusual Christmas holiday.

Created by Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber & Donald Wilson. Directed by Farren Blackburn. Written by Steven Moffat. Starring Matt Smith & Claire Skinner.

Concept: 4/4 (Great). Domestic Doctor is always welcome.
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 4/4 (Great)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites, 4/4 5/4). Now that I've finally gotten around to watching this, I'm very relieved to find Doctor Who turning in the complete opposite direction of the cluttered, fast-forward mess of series six. There are still a lot of problems with the story, but nothing too bad. The focus is back on characters, and taking the time to let the audience care about what's happening to them. As far as emotional impact goes, this is the strongest episode so far of the Smith/Moffat era - maybe of the entire series.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.1/4 3.2/4 (Very good)

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