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3.3 - My Dinner with Andrew

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The Diary of River Song - Series 3
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/16/18 6:08 am
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The Fifth Doctor arrives at the multiverse's most exclusive restaurant The Bumptious Gastropod, but is quickly found by River Song who he no longer remembers and is knocked out. The Bumptious Gastropod is outside of time and operates under its own quirky rules, while having the most accommodating and lovable Maitre D' ever. It's a playground for River and writer John Dorney.

Yet, what makes this story work so well is that in the midst of this enchanting mysterious place, the story never becomes distracted by its own trappings. There's some genuine tension and character drama centering on the Doctor's doppelganger, the seemingly ordinary Andrew. Overall, this is story is just a blast of time travel goodness and fun, with enough drama to keep the story grounded.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 1/30/18 7:23 pm
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Our third story of this third series starts off with a very interesting twist in a meeting with a man named Andrew Edwardson who has a very similar face that River knows all too well. Everything just sort of spirals from there turning 'Dinner' into one of the oddest madcap stories I've heard Doctor Who do to date. The plot starts off very mysteriously but it's not long before a certain Madame finally makes her first appearance in this series and sets up a collision course with the Doctor, River, and Brooke. And that's where things get REALLY complicated. Cue lots of memory wipe kissing, awkward dining experiences, and more versions of Peter Davison than you can shake a stick at. Done in the style of a fancy meal complete with lines from the maitre'd connecting everything together, it all sort of reminds me of Douglas Adams "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe' in a very weird way. It's also one where Moffat would very much be proud in regards to all of the tangled threads, breaking rules especially around fixed points in time (hence why certain characters are here), and complicated timey-wimey strands that are at play and it's all very hard to wrap around to the point where even the Doctor himself brings it up in story. There are some fun moments here and there though especially in the confusion of the cast and some more big revelations do happen that I'm sure will come to play in the final story. The main cast is fine with Peter Davison really standing out in particular which will become obvious as time goes on. If I had to pick a story where Davison was having an utter blast in recording, it would be this one and his performance is very much the highlight. Kingston is also fine especially in some of the physical and moral conflicts she's forced to get into and it's good to see Frances Barber again as Kovarian still after the assassination of the Doctor. This one has a bit more problems though and is probably the weakest point of the set for me. As I said, it's very hard to keep track of throughout to the point where I would get bored by it and there are some aspects about it that seem somewhat pointless. Jonathan Coote as the maitre'd is also very obnoxious and the way his speech sounds really drives me up the wall. The soundscape is fine but not really worth mentioning and the conclusion ends exactly where you'd think it would with paradoxes, repercussions, and confrontations galore. It seems that River has one more mission to do for better or for worse. For a penultimate story, 'Dinner with Andrew' works well by itself and it's not bad by any means. But stuck in between an amazing prior two stories and a fascinating finale, it does suffer a little bit and fall a tad short at times.