Thursday, April 4, 2013

Doctor Who | Season 7

In my post regarding some of my favorite British television shows, I mentioned that I really enjoy Doctor Who, a sci-fi show centered around a 900-year-old Time Lord alien who travels through time and space with assistants he calls "companions." I finished catching up on the series last night, so I thought I'd write a brief post on my opinions of the new season so far.

First of all, I think season 7 is by far the best Matt Smith season yet. Seasons 5 and 6 were alright, but throughout season 5 I felt that the show had changed too much (I mean really, it's already a new Doctor, do you really also need to change the theme song, the opening sequence, the title design, the sonic screwdriver, the companion, and the TARDIS?). I also found Season 6 strange because it was very focused on figuring out who River Song was instead of the normal adventuring-through-the-universe. Season 7 is a dramatic improvement. The quality of the episodes went up and the show has a better all-around feel to it. I also think the chemistry has been better through season 7; everyone really knows their places and plays off everyone else really well.

And secondly, I love Clara, the new companion. The chemistry between her and The Doctor is humorous and I love how sharp she is. I'm really interested to see what direction they take with her "impossible girl" status and how many more times Moffat plans on her dying. I know some people don't like part two of this season so far because they miss the Ponds so much, but after two and a half seasons with them, I like that the show is changing direction a bit with a more sharp/sassy character.

The only thing I don't like about the new season is the once again redesigned TARDIS. I liked the one from seasons 5 and 6 because it was big and open and richly-coloured; the new TARDIS is too dark and closed-in.

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