ARNING THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS CONTAIN SPOILERS. SPOILERS THAT WILL RUIN THE FIRST SIX EPISODES OF SERIES 10 OF DOCTOR WHO. IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SERIES SO FAR AND WANT TO AVOID ANY POTENTIAL SPOILERS, PLEASE AVOID THIS BLOG AT ALL COSTS!
So over the past six weeks we have enjoyed an array of adventures with Bill, the Doctor and Nardole. We’ve also been fascinated by the mysterious Vault that resides underneath a University in Bristol. However at the start of series I was expecting Nardole to be a pointless companion, needless to say I was mistaken. Over the last two weeks we’ve all seen a completely different side to him and the fact that he can actually be quite badass and not actually take any nonsense from the Doctor.
I’ve also been rather impressed with the selection of monsters that have been presented for us. The monsters that have now left me intrigued and hungry for more information is the Monks. Who are they? Where are they from? Were they the creatures that were in the puddle in Episode One The Pilot. If so then the events of what is being described as “The Monk Trilogy” have been a long time waiting. It certainly seems that the Doctor’s incarnation is going to deteriorate until his body can’t take no more. One thing is for certain I certainly hope he isn’t blind for the remainder of season 10. That would just be naff!
Now onto the Vault. After last week’s episode Extremis we were given a little insight to what or who could be inside the Vault. Since Episode One I have had the hunch that Missy is the Vault’s occupant. Episode Six sort of confirmed my theory was correct, however I do hope that she isn’t. If Missy is the person who is currently being kept hidden under pavements of Bristol I will be sorely disappointed. It’s too obvious! I’m just hoping that I am wrong, I can’t emphasise it enough.
One of myfavourite guest stars of the show at the moment would have to be David Suchet. His portrayal of the creepy Landlord was absolutely brilliant. He delivered such a great and grounded Doctor Who villain. I liked the fact that the show is now going down the avenue that the villain doesn't have to be an alien to be threatening and a danger to the human race, sometimes the true monsters in existence is us humans. great work there from Suchet and great work on the creepy wooden Eliza, the makeup on Mariah Gale was incredible.
Not only has series 10 introduced us to a series that is steeped in mystery it’s also introduced us to a great new companion. Bill portrayed by the talented Pearl Mackie is a breath of fresh air for the show. I like how the character is so open about her sexuality and the fact that the character is treated like a normal human being. For once it’s not an alien that’s attracted to the same sex. It’s different and I really liked the character, I just think she’s brilliant and its most certainly about time the Doctor had a companion that is very much younger. I like the fact that the series is paying homage to the Sylvester McCoy era and how the relationship between the Doctor and his time travelling companion is that of a teacher and student. Their relationship is certainly a nod to the 7th Doctor and Ace.
Season 10 also has the feel that Russell T Davies’ first season had. It certainly feels suitable for teenagers but with a hint of the classic series. The references and nods to the classic series is enough for any avid Whovian to be impressed by. The show is longer overly complicated and its beginning to feel a lot less hard work to understand because before we were given these overly complicated storylines that were immensely higgledy-piggledy or in Doctor Who’s case “Wibbly-wobbly Timey-wimey!” Thank the maker that they’ve hit that on the head.
Mind you a lot of my fellow Whovians have been thrown off by the storyline for episode six. I adopted the idea that the scene when the Doctor is receiving an email from what is described as a videogame world is when he and his fellow companions along with humanity are actually in reality. Also as stated in my review for Extremis the Monks way of analysing the people of Earth before their imminent invasion reminded me very much of how the Martians invaded Earth in H.G Wells’ The War of the Worlds. It certainly feels like the what with the classic series has done that they borrowed ideas and themes from classic literature and that again is another reason why I’ve been left impressed with season 10. Now to enjoy the remaining six episodes, until however we have a very long and agonising wait until the Christmas Special.