It feels like we’ve been waiting for this short Doctor Who series for a long time but somehow, even though I was keen to see what happened, I didn’t feel the normal hype that I usually would. I can’t put my finger on why, although I’m wondering if at this point I just want to get on to the second Russell T Davies era and see what that brings.
However, I dutifully watched every episode and revelled in many people enjoying what they were seeing. I too loved the frantic feel to it, the bright colours, the return of so many recognisable and popular characters. Our new friend Dan, the furry Karvanista, plus the time-spanning love story between Vinder and Bel were all excellent additions.
But I have to hold my hands up and admit: I genuinely have no idea what happened, what the story was, how it got resolved, and what it all meant. If you asked me to explain any of it to you, I don’t think I’ve could. I’ve said before in some of the Matt Smith stories that things were getting a bit complicated and I wasn’t sure I was following it all. But this was something on the next level.
The best description I’ve seen of it was that the whole thing was ‘dizzying’ and that’s the best way to describe it, but equally, I quite enjoyed it. I’m also really looking forward to the New Year’s Day special featuring the most excellent Aisling Bea. Hopefully as a standalone episode it will be slightly more grounded but if not, I can still marvel at the pretty pictures and the return of our new-look ‘fam’. Nothing to complain about here.