..with a very brief look at Hide, the second episode of DOCTOR WHO Series/Season 7 to be scripted by LUTHER’s Neil Cross. This one is unusual in its structure and pacing, and is not what I was expecting when I initially saw promos for it.
‘Not what I was expecting’ for better or worse? You decide, although I’ve included a few thoughts below. But first...
THE NEW WHOTINNNINES PODCAST IS HERE
** A very tired and stressed Glen attempts to dissect Hide and probably does so clumsily
** Ken flies off the handle about the recent MAN OF STEEL trailer...
** Ken is queasy about gnarly pictures of ___ that Glen insisted on texting him...
** and more...
...can now be found --->HERE!<---
** basks in the greatness that is Cold War...
** discusses our enthusiastic belief that BBC/Team Moff should use those two/three minute shorts to even greater effect (say, catching up with old companions and broadening the pieces’ scopes to include vignettes of DWverse side characters, etc.)
** finds Ken & Glen proposing that Adric should show up in NuWHO, only to be summarily exploded by Strax, who enthusiastically informs the Doctor that he has just ‘destroyed an annoying girl!’...
** finds Ken asserting that the recent announcement regarding Christopher Eccleston’s non-participation in the 50th Anniversary episode is a conspiratorial ruse - and Glen attempting to explain why Eccleston not shooting NEW material may be irrelevant given today’s technical capabilities...
** and Glen attempting to figure out why Ken was Tweeting pictures of a dark drug store parking lot at some dopey hour of the night.
** And much more!
BBC RELEASES POSTERS FOR REMAINING S7 EPISODES
...now including artwork for (and the title of) S7's finale! ---> THESE ARE RATHER EMBIGGENABLE! <----
DOCBACKER HORNORSILK REVIEW THE ELDRAD MUST DIE BIG FINISH AUDIO
HIDE (SPOILER FREE MINI-REVIEW)
There’s more to this story than the ‘haunted house’ motif its promotional materials have advanced. Spooky happenings and plenty of lightning are certainly a key part of the equation here, but Hide’s central core works on an altogether different emotional and metaphysical level. This is a very difficult episode to review without spoilers, but suffice to say the ‘supernatural’ - as ultimately presented here - represents cutting edge theories which I, as someone who has had considerable experience with the paranormal, suspect may be more ‘right’ than not.
Under the direction of Jamie Payne (THE HOUR, DA VINCI’S DEMONS), Hide often feels like it’s reaching for more atmosphere and heart than it actually achieves, but it still comes together as an interesting and even touching tale which feels comfortably middle-of-the-road. It’s evocative of classic WHO, pointedly recalls a legendary 1982 horror thriller, is supported by lovely and nuanced performances from Dougray Scott’s Alec Palmer and his Jessica Raine as Emma, his ‘assistant‘. In fact, one could even argue that Hide is more about this duo and their connection than the face value spooky shenanigans it's being sold on. In these character movements between Alec and Emma...and in a particularly nice moment between Clara and the Doctor (when the weight of being a companion to a madman in box is pointedly addressed)...Payne’s direction shines most brightly.
While Hide may ultimately be perceived as a fun, frothy one-off, it’s hard not to wonder if the conceits fueling the core of this episode might somehow come into play again at some later date - or somehow pertain to a particular leading character on the show?
Jessica Raine, who plays Emma in this episode, will return to the WHOverse when she plays WHO Demigodess Verity Lambert in the ADVENTURE IN TIME AND SPACE docudrama later this year.
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