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24 January 2017 @ 07:08 pm
The Return of Dr Mysterio  
I liked The Return of Dr. Mysterio. I had been a bit worried, on seeing the trailers, that we were going to get something similar to Robots of Sherwood with the Doctor and the Superman analog squaring off against each other in a battle of "who is the real hero". Instead we got a completely different relationship in which the Doctor is in the role of mentor to a superhero who shares many of his strengths and his weaknesses.

The story gets points simply for not being set on Victorian Christmas Planet. But in general I've preferred Capaldi's Christmas specials to a lot of the stories that appear in the main seasons. I think the lighter tone works well, and while Capaldi can be excellent at the serious and doom-laden, he has enough range to do comedy as well and it is good to see that utilised. I thought his interactions with Grant, in particular in the scenes set in Lucy's house, were great.

I liked Nardole too. I went into it with pretty much no opinion about the casting of Matt Lucas having, to be honest, barely registered him in The Husbands of River Song beyond a vague concern that the presence of such a well-known actor in Pearl Mackie's stories might make it harder for her to establish herself than it might otherwise. I thought he was good here and I liked seeing a very different Doctor and Companion relationship which is not dominated by hero-worship on the part of the companion.

I did think that the character of Lucy, after a strong start, got rather sidelined into the traditional superhero damsel-in-distress role and I can see it was probably not a good story for anyone who is an afficionado of superhero comics - after all it is poking gentle fun at the most well-known superhero tropes from the 70s and 80s and isn't, as I understand it, greatly informed by what is happening in superhero comics now.

However, as a Christmas story, I thought it was good-hearted, entertaining fun.

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philmophlegm: I'vegotasportscarphilmophlegm on January 24th, 2017 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I liked it.

"The story gets points simply for not being set on Victorian Christmas Planet."
Yup. And for not being invasion by Christmas-themed aliens.
louisedennis: Doctor Who:12louisedennis on January 26th, 2017 04:29 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I don't mind a certain amount of Christmassiness but some of the tropes were getting distinctly over-used.
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on January 24th, 2017 07:48 pm (UTC)
I can see it was probably not a good story for anyone who is an afficionado of superhero comics - after all it is poking gentle fun at the most well-known superhero tropes from the 70s and 80s and isn't, as I understand it, greatly informed by what is happening in superhero comics now.

I'm not a huge comics fan, but I've read a lot of Batman and bits of Superman and a few other DC heroes and I liked this a lot. I was also glad to be away from Victorian Christmas Planet (although probably for different reasons) and I thought the story was a good natured pastiche rather than a send-up of the superhero genre.
louisedennis: Doctor Wholouisedennis on January 26th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
It may vary. There was a certainly a pretty disgruntled comics fan over on Facebook, complaining about how out of date the tropes it was poking fun at were.
LondonKdSlondonkds on January 24th, 2017 10:20 pm (UTC)
More fifties, sixties and seventies with the love triangle - I think it was in the eighties that the comics writers decided that having Lois just keep on being ignorant and Superman tricking her all the time was getting dull and unpleasant.
louisedennis: Doctor Wholouisedennis on January 26th, 2017 04:31 pm (UTC)
Quite possibly. I suspect the target audience was very much people like me whose only exposure to Superman in the 70s and 80s were the Christoper Reeve films.
bookwormsarahbookwormsarah on January 26th, 2017 03:08 pm (UTC)
I liked it a lot more than any of the other Capaldi episodes. Grim is fitting, but far less enjoyable for me to watch.

louisedennis: Doctor Wholouisedennis on January 26th, 2017 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like Capaldi a lot, but I do wish they'd lighten up a bit.