Sometimes you get what you wish for and I was hoping that we could temporarily get away from the arc story and have a standalone tale this week.
So as if to answer my prayer I was treated to another episode written by the brilliant Mark Gatiss who is simply amazing in The League of Gentlemen and wrote the fantastic The Unquiet Dead. However his Victory of the Daleks was possibly the worst Dalek story in the history of the show and this didn’t fare much better. Funnily enough I was driving to a gig in Coventry with Robert White recently and we had a disagreement about which was worse, Victory of the Daleks or Attack of the Pointless Chicken by Richard Curtis. It reminded me of the time a friend and I had an argument about which was worse out of the Star Wars movies, The Phantom Menace or Revenge of the Sith and then we suddenly realised we were just falling out over different shades of shit. I mean Night Terrors wasn’t quite as bad and Victory, Phantom or Sith, but it was trying too hard to be like a Moffat story and it ended up being a bit dull. Throughout the whole story I really couldn’t care less about any of the characters. So some alien who is empathetic becomes the kid of a couple that can’t have kids and projects his real life fears into scaring the crap out of everyone and somehow gets rid of the nasty landlord. When I put it into a sentence like that it almost sounds like the plotline for a reimagining of Saphire and Steel. Especially when everyone slowly gets trapped in his fears and gets chased by large peg dolls that turn you into a peg doll if they touch you. See, it “sounds” great, but it wasn’t. I was kind of hoping Hitler would come out of the wardrobe to relive the boredom, but I knew that wouldn’t happen because he was put in a cupboard last week and not a wardrobe, so that would just be silly.
It’s just another one of those ineffectual plots where it’s all self perpetuating and it comes full circle and the nasty man with the dog gets his comeuppance. And the most annoying thing is Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are all excellent in this. I wasn’t too keen on the dad. I wasn’t too keen on him as the annoying inspector in the last series of Ashes to Ashes either. Roll on arc story and I don’t know about you, but I’m particularly looking forward to Craig Owen’s (James Corden) return in Last Orders.
Next week, Amy kicks ass with a sword.
4 out of 10