Fish, Fish Everywhere
Oh yes, I should probably say something about the Doctor Who Christmas special, shouldn’t I?
No, really, it sort of lost me. I found the whole floaty-fish thing just slightly daft. And a shark towing a rickshaw … can we say ‘jump the shark’ any more blatantly?
As for the plot, well, umm. I *think* what they were trying to do was riff off of Dickens’s A Christmas Carole. Sadly, it didn’t really work. Also, Amy Pond was grossly under-used in this episode.
In addition, I didn’t like the implications with What’s-Her-Name, the blond girl. The one who gets decanted out of the fridge periodically, presumably whenever Karzon
wants a quickie feels a bit lonely. Talk about female characters who lack agency!
Also, plotholes. Since when couldn’t the Doctor hack a machine? And, umm, during ‘Journey’s End’ the Tardis towed the Earth back to safety – the Earth!! the EARTH!!!11!eleven!* So, umm, why can’t it just tow that ship back into orbit? I mean, it’s got to weigh less than a fricking’ planet, surely?
But on the other hand, electrically-levitated fish who swim around in the air. I guess we’ve left Logic-Ville long behind at this point.
One thing I (sort of) liked. I liked the steampunk-ish visuals, the half-lit city under the storm-clouds and the looming tower in the distance. But I would have liked to see more of the city. (Also, what were all those goggles for, exactly? To avoid awkward eyeball-fish collisions, maybe?)
Oh well, I hope the writers etc. have got their need for cheesiness out of their systems before the new series begins. Fingers crossed…
*No, I still haven’t got over how craptastic that was as well…