I can’t stand poor TV programmes, be it the lazy depression of EastEnders, the crudfest that was BBC One’s Robin Hood or the lamentably shallow and insipid Merlin.
And last year I showed no hesitation in voicing my dislike of Doctor Who’s fifth series which, for me, largely lacked any of the charm, wit or appeal of the previous for season.
Last week, gathered in a pub in Farringdon with about 200 other fans, I was delighted to enjoy the opening episode of the new series. Tonight I’m even more pleased to have enjoyed the second part of the story, the finale of which just blew me away.
I’ll not say why out of respect for those who’ve not yet seen the episode but it’s safe to say I’ve not felt this excited about an episode end scene in a long time. It was a real ‘OMFG’ moment.
With two amazing episodes already ‘in the wild’ next week’s tale is following in some huge footsteps, the trailer suggests it’s going to be equally as great.
A genuine ‘hurrah’ that the show’s back on such great form and that the BBC are moving it forward to 6.15 next week where. That’s still not late enough for my liking but it’s closer to a more sensible time, if only because it eliminates the insane 15 minute gap between the main show and Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three.
Sincere round of applause for all those responsible for tonight’s episode, especailly showrunner and episode writer Steven Moffat who has just created an enormous rod for his own back – a nation will be wanting something of tonight’s class and quality every week!