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The directors of Doctor Who's latest series brought back the scares in a big way. Well, fear is a superpower...
Warning: contains spoilers for every episode of the eighth series of Doctor Who.
“Darker” and “edgier” are buzz words that have been applied to countless Hollywood sequels, but the eighth series actually lived up to that promise and by September, the tabloid press were dispensing think-pieces about whether or not it had become too scary for children (“scary” here standing in for “complicated” in Smith's era and “heretical” when David Tennant got a lift off a couple of angel robots in Voyage Of The Damned.)
All moral panics aside, this series brought back the scares in a big, bad way. »
A great actor once said “never work with children or animals.” This episode features both, and once again, the axiom proves true. The students of Coal Hill School have a sleepover in the museum of natural history, and wake up…
In The Forest Of The Night
Directed by Sheree Folkson
London, and indeed the whole world, ha been engulfed by dense, fireproof forests overnight. The Doctor assumes it’s an act of aggression, but with the help of the kids of Coal Hill School, including one very sensitive girl, the real threat to Earth is identified. But are they too late to realize they’ve been attacking the wrong side?
This is another episode where the main plot and the threat of the week is almost overwhelmed by the staggering character work. Wonderful camera work from the director (the steadi-cam run around the top deck of the »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Now the news is official, the BBC has released a smattering of details about Boyce's episode, which will feature a cast of child actors including young Harley Bird (the actress who lends her voice to CBeebies character Peppa Pig), and is to be directed by Sheree Folkson (Casanova, The Decoy Bride).
In the official press bumf about the news, Steven Moffat gave Boyce's script a raving endorsement as "pure magic - and everyting I could have hoped for from the genius behind the Olympics opening ceremony!! Doctor Who is born anew in the mind of a genius".
3 items from 2014
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