Last week's Twice, Upon Time marked a tragic (but rather expected) backpedaling of quality, not coming even vaguely close to equaling the remarkably solid War of the Sontarans which preceded it.
Star Jodie Whittaker again flolloped about in her role - this time literally - in sequences involving astonishingly poor visual effects as her Doctor flapped and flailed about in air suspended by dodgy wirework. In a healthy production, no one associated with these sequences should've looked at those effects and truly felt they were in any way adequate. But, somehow, they got passed through. Which, really, sums up the situation with current WHO in a nutshell.
Storylines were muddled, tones were inconsistent and confused, and the clarity of vision which had been brought so forcefully to bear in War of the Sontarans was nowhere to be seen. And, once again, the WhittaDoc was substantially upstaged by new 'companion' John Bishop - whose very presence makes an argument for his Dan Lewis character deserving a show far better than the one currently wrapped around him. Bishop's Dan Lewis could anchor his own show - and is trying to anchor this one - a dynamic almost embarrassingly accentuating Whittaker's general lack of gravity and command of her role.
One would be tempted to say something caddy like "It was back to business as usual..." - but Once's inadequacy stung just a little bit more than the average Chibnall Era DOCTOR WHO given how thoroughly it dispelled the good will and (and admittedly desperate hopes) which had been extended towards it in the slipstream of War.
Given the exhaustingly 'up and down' nature of FLUX thus far, the biggest question that can be asked going into Village of the Angels is: 'What flavor of Chibs will we get this week?'
Village is described thusly by BBC:
Devon, November 1967. A little girl has gone missing. Professor Eustacius Jericho is conducting psychic experiments. And in the village graveyard, there is one gravestone too many. Why is Medderton known as “The Cursed Village”? And what do the Weeping Angels want?
And with that, we're off! The Village of the Angels awaits your commentary, theorizing, dissection, admiration, pummeling, love, derision, and bewilderment. As always...
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Survivors of the Flux