Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls Review

I’m going to get the fan boyness out the way now. Simply put, I felt Doctor Who – The Doctor Falls was an outstanding season finale. 

There’s obviously loads of spoilers below if you’ve not already seen the episode.

 

The pre-credit sequence felt a little jarring at first, moving the action away from the hospital and to a solar farm, but was over all successful in setting up the episode, bu can we forget about that shuttle coming out the ground? The effect didn’t quite work – but the sight of Cyber-Bill carrying the collapsed Doctor gave people an image to remember. (And one I’m tempted to screenshot for the computers wallpaper).

Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls Review

 

The jarring sensation was used to good effect after opening sequence, as the Doctor awoke to the sight of the Masters debating the best way to kill him.

As the episode settled, the story telling flew fast, and Bills fate as a cyberman was confirmed, The Masters fate post End of Time was suggested, we were told what was happening in the city, and The Doctor received electric shock treatment from a  cyberman.

Fast brutal storytelling. The stuff that a good Doctor Who finale does well.

Thankfully there is space in the episode for character moments. Peal Mackie as Cyber-Bill, stuck in her own perception filter, topped off an amazing season as she struggled to realise what had happened to her.

The Two Masters simply worked fantastically with each other, both slightly scared, kinda flirty with each other, and neither as smart as the Doctor.  The two Masters still seem slightly underused and under developed. As does the relationship that both the Doctor and Nardole seem to have with the kids on the farm.

On the subject of Nardole, I have to admit that I was confused when I heard Matt Lucas was coming back, but the toned down version of his character in this series has only suffered from underuse.

The second half of the episode launched into war movie territory, not full blown action, but one with an unrelenting sense of doom. A sense of doom that only became more fulled as Time Lords fell.

A sense of doom that was only released in the closing crazy moments. As Star Girl reappeared, armed with flash backs to the first episode that almost helped it all make sense and logical.

Doctor Who - The Doctor Falls Review

I’ve not mentioned yet, the speech from The Doctor to The Master Twins, if you ever wanted a manifesto for not just being the The Doctor, but for being a good Time Lord. That was the speech to listen to, and a reminder that perhaps, sometimes its good just to be kind.

After a series like this, it feels too soon too soon to be saying Goodbye to Peter Capaldi. At least we get to say hello again to an old face come Christmas.

Being Beautifully Different

Learning about being being different is good, with the help of the children’s book called Beautifully Different…

Kids books are great.

I’ve read kids books to our little one that are about everything from dirty sandwiches, to little girls and their pet ducks. Whatever the book is about, the book is generally a nice positive, uplifting read that leaves you feeling at least slightly ok about the world.

There also seems to be kids books that are about something more than fantastic adventures. There doesn’t seem to be many, but there are some that tackle… subjects that are an emotional step above things like going to the dentist, first day at school, or having a hair cut.

If “Paper Dolls” by Julia Donaldson is an exercise in dealing with grief, “Beautifully Different” by Dana Salim is a look at how everyone is different from each other, and how that difference makes the world a better place.

Arguably a message that more adults could do with learning.

The book follows Yousuf as he plays an imagination game to find out why people are different. During his game he finds beautiful flowers, but there are weeds coming to scare the flowers away!

As you can see from the instagram video below, the story is filled with bright illustrations, can you spot the bit that makes our 4 year old go “Woo Hoo”?

Beautifully Different can be found on Amazon.

Kids books are great.

Maybe more adults should read them?

 

Beautifully Different by Dana Salim has been supplied free for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. Affiliate links can be found above.  

 

Its Men’s Health Week

Hey guess what? It seems its Men’s Health Week this week. Which I kinda didn’t realise until I saw a little something from TENA Men in my inbox.

I guess men are good at talking about things like… well beer and stuff. (As a signed up member of the introvert club* I’m not great at talking about much more than that.) We’re definitely not great at talking about heath.

To give us men a subtle chance to think about health, TENA have released the above infographic showing the amount of guys that seem to have trouble with “urine leakage” … and the chance to get some free TENA Men pads in case this includes you. Check out the TENA website if you fancy a free sample.

I’ve been compensated for the above.