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Wheels within wheels again
on 20 June 2013
Jenna-Louise Coleman has had a very tough act to follow and is doing it brilliantly. The Ponds have been part of the scenery for a long time. She gives the role her own spin. She doesn't allow the Doctor to overwhelm her. She's impressed, but not blinded by him. She'll step into the TARDIS, but then go back to her daily job. Everything is matter of fact for her and she is so likeable for it.
The very best episodes, the ones that have some genuine humour and funny situations, are the ones featuring Strax, Madam Vastra and Jenny. Jenny steals the show time and again with her matter-of-factness about her rather unusual lifestyle. Strax is genuinely wonderful as a butler and pulls off brilliantly lines suggesting that a full frontal assault with every kind of arm known to his race is the solution to the most trivial of problems. Sooner or later I hope that we will get the back story to how the Doctor came to know Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax and how they came to become detectives in Victorian England (and the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes).
Although not all the episodes are top quality (I did not particularly enjoy "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS") the story has ended on another neat cliffhanger with a mystery "bad"(???) Doctor appearing when we know that the Eleventh Doctor will be around for two more episodes yet. Who is he? Where is he from? Is he going to be the Twelfth Doctor? What I do know is that these series are cleverly linked and that a seemingly trivial episode some time back may suddenly be revealed to have been a key incident and clue to what is happening. Doctor Who is getting deep and cerebral and some fans are seeing that as laziness on the part of the scriptwriter when it is more a reflection of their own laziness and unwillingness to think a bit deeper: I have to say that I have absolutely loved series 5, 6 and 7 because things are never what they appear to be and you do have to think a bit to link events and try to work out their meaning.