DOCTOR WHO, 10.1 – “The Pilot” (TV Review)

BBC One – 7:20pm – Saturday 15th April 2017

Written by: Steven Moffat

Directed by: Lawrence Gough


 

BEAUTY OR CHIPS?

With series ten confirmed as the last hurrah for current Doctor Patrick Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat, this seems like a premature time to have a soft reboot, but as the introductory episode of latest companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), the facetiously-titled “The Pilot” was as good a time as any to reinstate some of the long-running BBC institution’s ground-rules to a new audience. So we have a joke about the enigmatic Time-lord’s name (“Doctor what?”), a cameo from his greatest adversary, frequent nods to the true nature of the stuck-in-the-guise-of-a-Police-Box T.A.R.D.I.S., and bemused questions from the perspective of a franchise newbie (“Is this a knock-through?”).

… Keep Scuttling!

Carol (DVD Review)

15 – 114mins – 2015


THE L WORD

Intense central performances from award contenders Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett elevate this slow, tender and often understated lesbian romance from director Todd I’m Not There Haynes to another level.

Adapted from the pioneering Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt (1952), Carol tells a frustrating and often melancholic narrative of a forbidden love affair in a more reserved and less understanding time.

The power of the piece often shines through lingering and intimate gazes and exchanges, making for a smouldering and captivating if momentum-less study which undoubtedly deserves attention, if perhaps not the near-unanimous rapturous critical acclaim it received.

CR@B Verdict: 4 stars