Posted By Kathleen David on March 29, 2006
*checks to see if anyone else has passed away that she needs to comment on…..Nope*
OK. Back to Doctor Who.
“The Unquiet Dead” for me harks back to a Tom Baker episode called “the Talons of Weng-Chiang.” Doctor takes companion back in time to a point in Earth’s past to impress them and ends up solving a mystery that involves something other worldly in just about every definition of the words. Overall it is a pretty good episode. Simon Callow is splendid as Dickens but then he is an actor who I have enjoyed in a number of roles on the big screen so I would expect no less of him. Yeah there were some slow and jerky parts to the episode. The writing was uneven. When it was good it was golden when it was bad it harked back to bad Doctor Who dialogue that everyone can quote and cringe at the same time.
I’m grateful that I got to sit down with my family and watch Doctor Who.
Of Course Spoilers behind the cut
I really liked Billy Piper in this one. Rose is concerned about Gwyneth and what happens to her but I also thing that Rose’s images in her mind gives Gwyneth the strength to kill herself in the end. Gwyneth can see what will happen if she makes the sacrifice and the Doctor informs her of what will happen it she doesn’t.
The Doctor is fun in this one. I do like the “I’m your number one fan” exchange with Dickens. I think the Edwin Drood reference was pushing it a bit but I do understand what it was there.
I don’t think this is the best episode of Doctor Who but it is quite good and kept me entertained. And entertainment is what this is all about.