January 3, 2016
The Better Late Than Never Christmas Dinner
A few thoughts on things rather than an in depth analysis. I am not a writer, anyway.
I was extremely pleased when they announced that River will be joining the Doctor for the Christmas special, even though it subsequently meant the end of River Song. I was also satisfied with the absence of menacing Christmas Trees and nine inch tinsel ribbons with a mind of their own (there’s an idea!).
Speaking of happy returns, Petronella Osgood made it through that God-awful Zygon purge (or did she?) and came back for two episodes this season. I think “The Zygon Invasion”, “The Zygon Inversion” and the “The Magician's Apprentice” (that opened the season with yet another glorious comeback, that of Missy’s), were my favourite series 9 stories. Not quite sure yet.
I was hoping for Osgood to become the new companion, but apparently she is not annoying enough.
Glad they brought Missy back, she deserves more episodes. Michelle Gomez is beyond ideal for this part.
It was also the last season for Clara. Yes, Clara is gone. Not dead, though (such luck!), just “gone”. And what a character send off. She has her own TARDIS now, sharing it with that nightmare of a creature named Ashildr (or Me, or whatever she calls herself nowadays). Apparently the “impossible-too important (sometimes even more important than the Doctor himself)-girl” shite is back. Meh.
I have mixed feelings for this season. Capaldi is great as the Doctor, but, as I have mentioned before, the writing isn’t. Where has all the passion gone? Am I being a drama queen about it? Probably. Furthermore, I am too tired to make a case for it.