This is a weekly feature (Wednesdays) where Christa of Hooked on Books and myself will be watching and discussing all of the reboot of Doctor Who. Posts will contain spoilers for that episode and ones before it, so you may want to watch the episode before reading. I hope you’ll join us in enjoying this fantastic show, and don’t forget to check out Christa’s post (with past posts over here) as well! Allons-y!
Silence in the Library by Steven Moffat
After receiving a distress call via psychic paper, the Doctor takes Donna to the biggest library ever. Cool right? Wrong. Because something’s lurking in the shadows, and it’s hungry.
I want to begin by saying that I really do enjoy this episode from a purely entertainment perspective. However, on this rewatch I’m making an attempt to be more aware of what I’m watching, and unfortunately when it comes to the writing that leaves me pas content.
The acting is great, fantastic even. I love Catherine and David together and when you add in Alex Kingston, and you have a cast that just can’t be beat. But even excellent acting can’t hide the fact that Moffat really can’t female characters. He just can’t.
In this episode there were only two moments that made me go “really, Moffat? Really?”
1. When Donna kicked open the door to the library. At first I did a bit of a cheer because Donna was taking charge and doing something the Doctor couldn’t because he’s too focused on his wood problem. But then you find out the reason Donna has this ability is because she has problems trusting guys, so she’s become some kind of ninja harpy who bursts in on her boyfriends randomly. Really Moffat? Really?
2. Miss Evangelista. Honestly, she’s a sweetheart. Let’s look past the fact that she’s a moron and got a job purely based on her looks. The one time she does something on her own that shows even the smallest amount of intelligence, she gets killed. Really, Moffat? Really?
Beyond that, the River and Donna foreshadowing were both really fun to watch though honestly River still confuses the hell out of me. How can she think that “It’s only been days for you [the Doctor],” meaning, he last saw her a couple of days ago, but at the same time he’s “younger than I’ve ever seen you.” Um. One of these statements is a lie. I know River lies, but…what? This makes NO SENSE. What am I missing because obviously I am missing something.
“IT DOESN’T WORK ON WOOD?” – Donna Noble