June 25th, 2006

breaking bad

Fear her

Doctor Who: it was an episode for the youngsters and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm surprised it was written by the guy who wrote 'Life on Mars' because those stories join up with the rest of the 1970s world, whereas this seemed to exist in its own bubble. Like a story (or picture- ha!) done by a child, the idea is very imaginative and taps into the emotions of family life, but the realisation of the adult world is a bit sketchy. Where were the police and camera crews in a street where children were disappearing? What would be the real reaction of the media and the authorities to the dematerialisation of all those people? Is the Olympic opening ceremony really a focus of world love?

So all those 'adult' bits were bewilderingly unconvincing, when it wouldn't have taken much to make them more real. However the front-garden-and-bedroom world of a kid was powerfully conveyed I thought. The little but important dramas of being a child - wanting friends, being scared of dad, hiding crayons - were conveyed strongly, in contrast to the adult stories. Good non-humanoid alien too, the metaphorical child-eye-view - It feels like it takes forever to grow up, you are travelling through a void, you pass the time by playing, you need company.

I wish they'd done more with the animated moving picture thing. I was hoping you would see a crayon sketch of David Tennant, screaming out of a bit of paper.