Friday, November 15, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary: Midnight

Doctor Who: 
By Russell T. Davies

“Just stop it, all of you. Stop it, please. Now then, Sky. Are you Sky? Is Sky still in there? Mrs Silvestry? You know exactly what I'm going to say. How are you doing that? Roast beef. Bananas. The Medusa Cascade. Bang! Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Tardis. Shamble bobble dibble dooble. Oh, Doctor, you're so handsome. Yes, I am, thank you. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O. First she repeats, then she catches up. What's the next stage?”

Well going into this episode the first time it aired I wasn’t expecting much or expecting it to be that serious considering the track record of the one who wrote it.  Well I have to tell you this story, Midnight, is one of the best Doctor Who stories to have aired since the show returned in 2005.  Well it was definitely the best one RTD has written for the show.

With that being said the acting performances were superb as you could really get a sense of the tension and strife each actor conveyed to make you believe what the character was really feeling.  Speaking of characters the character of Sky was one of the creepiest villains that the new show has produced.  Lesly Sharp did a wonderful in conveying the creepiness and adding paranoia into this story.  What was really remarkable was how she was able to say the lines at the same time as David Tennant and vice versa.  That was amazing and mind blowing at times listening to the two actors act those scenes out.  I thought it was amazing to watch and find it incredible every time I watch Midnight.

What was really good was the performance by David Troughton.  At times he sounded a lot like his father Patrick Troughton the Second Doctor.   He did at times and if you closed your eyes when he was speaking it did seem like the Second Doctor was in that shuttle. 

Midnight is truly a story that has never been done before in Doctor Who and not attempted again at least on Television.  It nicely pits everyone in one set location trying to figure out what is going on.  It was very reminiscent in a little way of the Henry Fonda film A Few Angry Men except of course it deals with The Doctor trying to convince the rest of the passengers to not kill the possessed Sky and then himself.  Midnight was surely a very gripping, tense, spooky, and a real scary behind the sofa story. I was so into it when I first watched it  that I was hanging on to each scene to see what would happen next.  It was so good I did not dare take my eyes off the TV in fear of missing something.

Midnight was one of David Tennant’s best performances as The Doctor.  His performance in Midnight will be one that people won’t forget for quite some time as it is simply one of his best.  Just to be able to repeat the same line with Sky at the same time must not have been easy to do.  It was just an amazing performance.  Midnight is truly a classic and it’s just too bad that all or just some of Russell T. Davies stories were this good when he decides to stay away from the silliness and gimmicks.
Grade B+

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