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Doctor Who: The Cold War, reviewed [Apr. 19th, 2013|11:39 pm]
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"The Cold War" weds mediocrity with subtle brilliance

Jenna-Louise Coleman becoming a revelation

Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara, screenshot detail.

April 19, 2013, OTTAWA — Late again, I know. Life and an episode of back-aches has kept me busy.

And more, I found it hard to find my focus on this episode. An entertaining tale on the surface, dig just a little bit and you find in the Mark Gatiss-penned "The Cold War" only another stop on Steven Moffat's Travelling Medicine Show of Intellectual Horrors.

An idiot plot, in other words.

But there was an upside, beyond the mere fact this episode made for the second in a row that managed at least to be an entertaining distraction on first viewing. That is, that Jenna-Louise Coleman is starting to look like the best regular actor to grace this series since maybe as far back as Christopher Eccleson's turn as the Ninth Doctor, and certainly since Catherine Tate played Donna Noble.

I know, I know, it's early days, and so I stand to be corrected, but so far Coleman is doing remarkable things with often ludicrous material. "Click here to read more, and to watch a video aide. Spoilers, as always. Links to my Series 7 reviews can be found at Edifice Rex Online.

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[User Picture]From: betawho
2013-04-20 04:49 am (UTC)
The link to your video isn't working.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-04-20 04:51 am (UTC)

Damn it

And thank you. Local copy it is! Give me just a sec while I queue it up!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-04-20 04:57 am (UTC)

Re: Damn it

Even worse. It was an html error on my part. Which means I need to go back and fix all the cross-posts. sigh ...
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[User Picture]From: betawho
2013-04-20 08:41 am (UTC)

Re: Damn it

I just got through spending several hours reading all your Doctor Who reviews, and I can't thank you enough!

I laughed and I cried (mostly from laughter) because I agreed with you so much, and you had such a wonderfully snarky and funny way of saying things. It's nearly 4 a.m here, so you've kept me up many hours past my bedtime, and that after I didn't get enough sleep last night.

I think the last line of the last review I read says it all, and I totally agree:

"When my objections were philosophical there was at least room for argument, but when the problem is as fundamental as the basic craft of story-telling, there's little room left for love."

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2013-04-20 08:49 am (UTC)

Re: Damn it

Well ... what can I say but "Thank you very much!"

I've up way past my own bedtime, simply because I haven't been able to get to sleep. I was just about to head back when I got notification of a comment.

That it was yours saying all that is a gratifying note on which to turn out the light indeed. (I hope you don't mind that I am going to shamelessly tweet your praise!)
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