Reviewed By: Alfred
Review Date: 11/30/15 8:44 am
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In all sincerity, Heaven Sent is a piece de resistance of Moffat-style timey-wimey writing. When it works, it is great sci-fi.
I am taking a point off the part as it advances the re-write of Who history that I'm not that comfortable with as a long time fan. I am referring to the the whole question of why the Doctor became a renegade timelord. In Classic Who, he was just a naughty boy. In Nu-Who it has been steadily reworked to have cosmic significance. Thus we get the Dalek-Timelord war, the War Doctor, now the Dalek-Timelord hybrid. I know that the Doctor's significance to the Timelords and the Timelords' presence increased over the journey of Classic Who, especially the later Tom Baker and Peter Davison eras, but we are talking orders of magnitude. As well, the increased back story and participation of the Timelords in those Classic Who eras actually took the show down a peg or two. It was interesting that with the Eccleston era, Nu-Who began by adopting the position that the Doctor was the last of the Timelords, a plot stance that I interpreted (approvingly) as a calculated eschewal of one of the plot elements in Classic Who that had gone awry. However, Nu-Who producers have since Eccleston successively chosen to revisit the Timelords saga and on steroids at that.
Nevertheless, in spite of my concerns, Heaven Sent is excellent and I await the finale eagerly and in the hope that it can cure me of my misgivings about Nu-Who revisionism.