May 2nd, 2010

breaking bad

Doctor Who battles the stone angels

I liked the two-parter Doctor Who that's just concluded, after having pretty much disliked the Churchill dalek episode. I get the impression that Moffat, like RTD, is marshalling cultural, fairy story and media references to give heft to the show. This 2-parter obviously draws on previous Moffat episodes that have worked well, and on Aliens and Ringu. Steal from the best. These allusions work because he uses the actual tropes, rather than simply referencing them, so they can be appreciated by the kiddies who have seen neither original. It's like he embedded what he stole rather than just hotlinking. There's also use of Red Riding Hood that kiddies would get.
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