Okay, I heard all your feedback on the other Doctor Who thread. But it seems ridiculous to have comments about a current episode on such an old thread, so I decided to create a thread here for Hide.
I’ve got to be upfront with you all though – I’m hating the current season of Doctor Who. I think the series has become nonsensical and it has strayed away from the heart and heroism of the Ecclestone/Tennant days.
Hide, like most of the new episodes, teases a ghost story but delivers something else. The episode makes a pretence of being a haunted house story with creaky floorboards and things like that, but none of the actors are invested in this. At one point, Clara and the psychic sit down for a chat about love. There’s no tension, no fear of the spectre haunting the place. As I said to someone on Twitter during the episode, if the characters aren’t showing concern for their situation, then why should the audience?
And as you might expect given that Doctor Who can never do a proper ghost story, the explanation for the spook is that’s it’s really a person trapped in a pocket universe. Ho-hum. It wasn’t the worst turnout, but there’s a fundamental failure of storytelling in Doctor Who this year that’s causing a big disconnect for me. Nothing feels real or authentic. There’s no real sense of danger or anything being ‘at stake’. Hide was a perfect example of this, as were The Rings Of Akhaten and Cold War. And maybe twee Doctor-isms might keep some viewers interested, but not this viewer.
The fact is, there are better dramas out there and Doctor Who isn’t the essential Saturday night flagship it used to be.
What’s your take?