I do like my Doctor Who, anyone who knows me can testify to that, so it bothers me when I can’t rave about how much I love an episode of it.
I did find that the second half of the last series didn’t completely blow me away, though there were lots of moments I liked, I didn’t care for all the stories.
It was the same with this year’s Christmas episode, The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe. There are tons of individual moments that I really enjoyed, but overall the story felt kind of flat to me. The title, and the launching point for the story is very much a lift from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, and there’s also a nod to Tolkien, as well as an environmental message.
I sincerely hope that by the time of the next series proper comes round that Steven Moffat gets back on track with his awesome story-telling ability. I realize that the Christmas Specials are meant to be light and happy, but that doesn’t mean the stories can’t be more involving. I also know he’s got a lot on his plate, working on Sherlock Series 2, Doctor Who, not to mention that he wrote the script for Spielberg’s Tintin. So he’s busy, I get that, I sincerely hope he’s not spreading himself too thin.
Still… in just over a week’s time, the first episode of Sherlock Series 2 will be airing!