Okay, that's it. We had eight 'meh' episodes followed by one that actually made fools out of the viewers (eye-booger monsters anyone?). There isn't one of them I'd actually rewatch, and yet large bands of Whovians still propagate the collective denial that Doctor Who is just as interesting as ever, and now they declare that Face The Raven was a brilliant original script!?!
I think we must have a different definition of the word brilliant here in America.
To add insult to injury, the producers made my favorite character, Clara Oswin Oswald, into a regurgitated image from Disney's Darby O'Gill And The Little People. If you don't know it, 'Darby' was a 1959 film about Irish mythology, starring a young Sean Connery. So how did Who rip off the mouse? In the film there are these death coaches. "Once it's set out, the death coach [insert raven] can't return empty." Ergo, someone has to die. Then, Darby sacrifices himself only to trick his way back to earth after he appears to expire. Hmmmm.
And, I wonder if they actually used the Harry Potter's Diagon Alley set or just stole the idea? Did this new writer plan to take Poe's masterpiece, The Raven, and bastardize it into an under-used image in a recycled horror script? Even realizing that, they still choose the bird to personify evil because 'it's scary'. Ohhhh, a scary bird on the set of Harry Potter. Whoooo.
Is there actually one viewer who doesn't believe that Clara will survive? Or some imprint or image of her will live on... Perhaps the Doctor could escape his captors only to find that Ashildr has already revived Clara and therefore redeemed herself so she can now travel with him. After all, Darby O'Gill showed us how to meet the requirement of death and still not die.
Oh.... and it doesn't help they already told us Jenna Coleman will be in the final episode of this season.
I must confess that I read the spoilers before watching it here in Indiana, USA... to ease the shock. I actually still assumed there would be an emotional price-tag, and wanted to breath through it and be able to appreciate the show. I really wanted to be moved and sad and love Clara even more. Instead, it was blah... I'm glad Clara was "brave", I feel I was brave too - in expecting to like this goop. Ten episodes in a row of blah. Silly blah... Good acting, but blah.... just BLAH.
Of course, Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman make even under-developed and/or recycled ideas sound plausible. But this mashed up recycled episode was even worse than last week's booger monsters.
Until I wrote about Doctor Who I thought British people actually liked Americans. Until I invested in this crazy sci-fi world, I thought cos-players were just nutty, but they are actually quite sweet. Until series nine, I thought Who was a good investment. Now, I'm angry I pre-bought the season.
Risk-averse, Stacy would not even enter the TARDIS in case it suddenly set to motion. Yet, gentle reader, she feels compelled to clarify that she writes opinion or editorial pieces. By using logic and reasoning, she always hopes to coherently provoke honest discourse.