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A Bit of a Rant About Doctor Who, and Primeval Too

Saturday night, I watched the mid-season finale of Doctor Who, "A Good Man Goes to War".

I'm not going to go into detail about the episode or present any spoilers, so you readers of this post have no worries in that regard. What I will say is that this episode is one that has made me dislike the current incarnation of the series quite a bit right now, and left me with a very bad taste in my mouth. This is not something that has just occurred with me in terms of the series, but to be honest with you, I just found that this episode brought me to the brink of, "Oh for Goddess' sake! Why am I watching this?". The answer to that question is: Because I am still a fan of Doctor Who as a series, but I find that enjoy the Classic Who more than the New Who. Christopher Eccleston was marvellous as the incarnation of the Doctor that relaunched the series in 2005, but I've had more and more problems dealing with series as a whole since David Tennant came on board. Part of the problem I've got with the current show is that Steven Moffat was a great writer for the series when he was writing for the showrunner at that time, RTD. "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances", "The Girl in the Fireplace", and the stories that introduced the Weeping Angels were all brilliant, but since he has taken over as showrunner, the series has suffered in my opinion.

In the aftermath of watching the episode of Doctor Who, I was so frustrated, disgusted, annoyed, and saddened that I caved in and went on-line and watched the first episode of the fifth series of Primeval. This is currently airing only on Watch in the UK, the ITV premiere of Series 5 to occur sometime either late this year or early in 2012. Goddess knows when it will come to Canada. I had promised myself that I wasn't going to watch the Primeval Series 5 stuff on-line, but between the sickness I've got these days and the depressed and annoyed mood I was in after Saturday night's episode of DW, well... I just couldn't help myself. I'm not going to spoil the Series 5 premiere of Primeval either, but I will say that I rather enjoyed this episode, from the situation in which James Lester found himself in to the plot involving the creature of the week, and have to say that it was far more entertaining to me than the episode of Doctor Who. I enjoy Primeval for what it is, and while there have been cast changes, story arc changes and absolute dropped plots and stuff, it has always been faithful to what it is as a series. Sure, there aren't as many episodes per series as there are in DW, but in some ways that's been for the better with Primeval (not that I'm saying I wouldn't mind seeing a 13-episode series of the show). Suffice it to say, I've decided that I'm going to watch the second episode of Series 5 tonight when I get a chance. Can't resist watching this entertaining series, and a fun one to watch. And besides, it's got dinosaurs and creatures out of different time periods entering our own, so it's all just good entertainment.
Tags: doctor who, primeval, rant, review, thoughts, tv hut
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