… and I’m left wanting to break his guitar. Not because I can’t get my head around the Bootstrap Paradox (even with the help of the Radio Times), but because I can’t buy the Doctor as a rocker. A dancer, yes; a reader, (*Tenth Doctor voice*) oh yes!; but a rock musician, not so much. (To be fair, I’m not that keen on Patrick Troughton’s recorder either.) But I digress.
[Here be spoilers…]
Let us move on to the things that I did like about Before the Flood… Toby Whithouse successfully sustains the mystery for most of the episode – the bubble only popped for me in the scene where the Fisher King is intimidating the Doctor, when it became obvious who was going to be inside the stasis chamber.
The whole episode looks fabulous and I imagine the Fisher King will be giving younger viewers nightmares for some time to come. I thought Whithouse worked the myth of the Fisher King very neatly into this story too – the wounded monarch awaiting his knights – albeit with a bloodier purpose in this telling.
The entire supporting cast was particularly strong in these two episodes, but Sophie Stone as Cass was the real star. I’m hoping there are writers who watched this and are creating characters for her even as I type this review. I want to see much more of her.
As for the Bootstrap Paradox – much as it hurts my brain, I find I don’t mind it. It beats love saving the day by a million miles and it is so clearly a deliberate choice rather than a desperate bid to get out of a very deep plot hole at the last minute, that I can’t begrudge it (even as my brow knits trying to unravel it).
Finally, I’m looking forward to the Minister of War – I can’t decide whether I’ll be thrilled or disappointed if we find it’s Missy…
Hopefully, I’ll be back on schedule next week (apologies for the lateness – but there was poorliness chez Hat Towers on Saturday night). Equally, I’m hopeful that the next episode will be more coherent than its trailer…
Jo the Hat