Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Doctor Who Series 9 Part 2: Blu Ray Review

Doctor Who Series 9 Part 2: Blu Ray Review

Rating: M
Released by BBC and Roadshow Home Ent

The second part of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's tour de force Doctor Who year is one of highs and lows.

Among the lows are Sleep No More, which despite the inclusion of Reece Shearsmith never quite pulls together its found footage promise and essentially ends with the Doctor and Clara running off; and the slightly muddled extended finale, which totally ruins the ending of two episodes prior.

But the highs are brilliant - The Zygon two parter shows both Coleman and Capaldi at the peak of their powers and Clara's exit in Face The Raven is nothing short of a dramatic high for the show (which is then promptly derailed in the last episode).

And equally, while the stories are a good strong solid bunch, there's nothing stronger than Capaldi and Coleman who gel perfectly here, give every moment a palpable sense of expectation and deliver a series that needed some chutzpah after the last few years. With Doctor Who, change is the only constant and if this year proves to be the middle year for Peter Capaldi with rumours he is leaving the 12th Doctor next year, then he can be comfortable in the knowledge that this was one of the show's more creatively strong years and one which presented surprises as a regular MO.

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