Doctor Who Flatline Preview: Doctor Who Goes Retro, Circa 2005
This week's episode is an altogether different beast to the last couple of adventures. There are no mummies on trains in space. No trips to the moon with face hugger-style spiders. This Saturday the Doctor and Clara decide to visit a modern-day estate in Bristol and that brings a very early RTD-vibe to Doctor Who.
Is it one of the cheaper-looking episodes this series? Perhaps. Does it make the most out of a modern day earth setting? Yes. Remember the excellent Father's Day in Christopher Ecclestone's series with its mundane Earth-based setting? Well sometimes Doctor Who doesn't need exotic alien planets or Victorian London with all its trappings to deliver a great story.
Not that Flatline is anything like Father's Day. But it does have that early 2005 vibe to the tale. Replace Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman with Christopher Ecclestone and Billie Piper and it would work just as well. For fans that miss RTD as his method of storytelling, this week's episode will go down a treat. And for those who like the complex, arc driven storytelling that Moffat brings, Flatline will be a refreshing break from the norm.
You might wonder from this whether it is any good? Absolutely. There is plenty of mystery, a great villain concept and an interesting twist on the Doctor / Clara relationship that makes them as engaging as ever. The full review as always be up this Saturday. See you back then!