Time Crash Review.
Stream of consciousness style…
Okay. The mini-episode begins. As I thought from the preview in the Radio Times with Moffat mentioning “grumpy” Davison, it’s a contrast of chirpy Tennant versus “grumpy” Davison. Hold on though – was Davison ever grumpy, as such? Mildly peeved with a weary air for sure. “Colin-esque” is more the word that springs to mind as Five snaps back at Ten. Not a great start.
Davison looks old – because of “Time Differential” meeting-of-Doctors, or something, says Tennant. The words Blinovitch Limitation come to mind but what’s the reason this ain’t a problem with multi-Doctor-stories again? I dunno.
The continuity-fest begins. Subtle, this one though. Davo managed to get his Sonic Screwdriver wrecked and didn’t use it from that point on (while Tennant uses his one all the time, even to brush his teeth) hence Tennant’s jibes about kettles and string. Are the “not-we” following all this?
Davo doesn’t twig Tennant is the Doctor. Then this mini-episode goes all “meta” (or “self-referential” or “postmodern”.) Davo thinks Tennant’s a fan. Suddenly the mini-episode smashes through the fourth wall, but lurches back again with mention of L.I.N.D.A. from Love & Monsters. A similar scene in The Unquiet Dead told the same joke better.
So far – not great.
Moffat’s lost it?
“Cloister Bell” – the continuity-fest continues. Some techno-babble about a supernova/black-hole mash-up and Moffat is losing it for sure. Next – the lowest point for Moffat, with a crass recycling of the elegance of his own episode Blink’s timey-wimey. Davison calls the Master’s beard “rubbish”.
This is not good at all.
With the remaining minute or so – Moffat turns this mini-episode round. Yeah! The episode goes all “meta” again, but this time in a good way.
“I love you.”
Apparently, number Five is number Ten’s favourite Doctor.
He loved the way he was young and vigorous after being various old men. (Hey, Tom wasn’t that ancient. Mind you – Season 18?)
Ten continues. “Squeaky voice” when excited.
He’s modelled himself on his favourite. He IS a fan!
The fourth wall crumbles (and yet doesn’t) at the meta-ness of it all, but this fan doesn’t care – Moffat has saved this seven minute mini-episode with a beautiful ending.
“You were my Doctor.”
Moffat’s still got it, yo!
That was great.