Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 10: Forest of the Dead  » TV  »
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  • It's too bad these guys never make a return appearance, I thought it was they made for an interesting adversary

    • by David Finniss


      After a fantastic first parter, this conclusion feels like a step down. It’s not bad, far from it, but it just pales in comparison to the utter awesomeness that came before it.

      While there are some elements of creepy in this plot, it puts more of a focus on poignant moments. The relationship with the Doctor and River is elaborated upon and we get a ton of foreshadowing. It seems I’m not the only one who found it odd to see River interact with Ten as even she points out that he isn’t “her Doctor”.

      While the parallel plots worked really well in the previous episode, the reveal is a tad anti-climactic. Oh, the specifics are unknown, but once you

      see Donna interacting in the real world, you know that it’s a virtual reality. It’s sad too as with all of the surreal goings on, they could’ve had some fun screwing with people’s heads as Donna slowly unravels the mystery.

      Speaking of which, Donna’s plotline had a bit of a “For the Man Who Has Everything” vibe to it. I’m sure that there are other works that use a similar premise, but that comic really stood out as being similar to her arc. It worked, don’t get me wrong, and her goodbye scene to her husband is rather poignant, but there’s a definite parallel.

      Speaking of poignant good-byes, River and the Doctor manage to have a surprisingly impressive one by the episode’s end.

      • Even though you pretty much just met this woman, you buy her devotion to the Doctor and even he starts to recognize the repercussions of her relationship with him.

        When the origins of the Vashta Nerada are revealed, I was expecting the spores to have come from all of the bookshelves as opposed to the paper from the books. I guess you could call it a little bit of both, but they do specifically say that it’s the books themselves that housed the spores.

        All in all, this was a decent conclusion to the plot threads that were opened in the first part. It didn’t compare in terms of outstanding execution, but there was nothing to really fault about it. You do see some

        of the groundwork for Eleven being laid here. Even the boast where the Doctor scares off the spores seems in tune with something Matt Smith’s Doctor would say.

        It’s a drastic shift in tone, but the episode worked well. It was a bit lighter. For those who enjoy the nightmare fuel, it could be seen as a step down, but it works for what it is. It’s too bad these guys never make a return appearance, I thought it was they made for an interesting adversary. Maybe sometime down the line.

        It won’t compare to what came before it, but the episode is solid and it has plenty of moments that make it worth the 45 minutes to watch.

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