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It was ... fine.

Watching a Moffat episode is rather like being bombarded by sequins: so many inspired images and ideas, one after another, flying by, discarded, as the narrative rushes pell-mell on. Imagine what Neil Gaiman might have made of a story about a Victorian governess, drowned in a courtyard fountain and not found until the Spring thaw. Imagine what might have been done by any English fantasist of the previous century (Robert Holdstock, perhaps?) with the wooden Winter King and Queen from last year.

Moffat clearly has a direct line to the collective unconscious (and you should hear it roar when he leaves it off the hook! Ahem.) But I wish all this lovely, lovely mythic stuff could be used for something more lasting than a little surface dazzle.

My $0.02.

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karenor
Jan. 4th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
You're so right. So much so that I had to think really hard about what the wooden Winter King and Queen even were.

My brothers, who know I'm a big Who nerd, and have both finally started watching regularly, keep asking me to explain stuff, as if I can. Especially as it retains to past (recent) events. Like I have ANY idea what's been going on the last few years. I watch, I (mostly, and with a side many grains of salt) enjoy, but I don't retain.
np_complete
Jan. 24th, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
It's such a squandering of images and ideas. So much could be done with just a few of them.

I'm impressed, enormously. But I feel like running after the cavalcade that is a DW Christmas special and just sweeping up and saving some of the sequins.

ladymercury_10
Jan. 5th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
I quite liked this year's special, but the past two were very boring to me. There were lots of ~themes or whatever, but I would have rather had half as many themes and twice as much Amy and Rory. Moffat has a lot of interesting themes and I like watching people pull them out after the fact, and Neil Gaiman's episode was so good that it was compelling and you could start picking up themes on the first go, but Moffat's Christmas specials haven't been, on the whole, his best work. In my opinion.

That said, one of the first episodes I saw and liked when I started watching Doctor Who was "The Christmas Invasion," so perhaps that says something about where my expectations are coming from. :P
np_complete
Jan. 24th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
I don't know that I was thinking about themes or allusions and so on, but just the number of sparkling images and ideas. So many of them could be grown into episodes in their own right. A governess with a dual life? A Victorian girl haunted by a dead governess? The relationship between Colonel Latimer and Miss Montague? The horror story-worthy idea of a woman drowned in a fountain and frozen beneath the surface, so that life was flowing on around her with no idea that she was there? The lovely, French picture-book-evoking image of the spiral staircase up to the cloud?
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