I know this is a tiny bit late, but here we are at last. Well, nothing is really late when we talking about Doctor Who, our favourite time traveller. :) In his latest adventure he's in New York where he's after some strange reading with Nardol... But what does Nardol does there? His head been chopped off last time... let's find out.
The Story I Liked
In the recent years the xmas special always been connected to a theme. Since the 11th Doctor we had a Christmas Carol adaptation, a story about Frosty the (clever) Smowman, a Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe story, not to mention the Santa Clause theme. This year we got a superhero. :) Personally I really liked the story. Obviously the creative group said this gonna connect the Doctor with a Superhero, and Steven Moffat had a stronger connection to the Superman franchise. I do love DC, more of a DC guy though than Marvel, but that's another story. :) Creating a situation in the Whoniverse, where you can have a superhero is something that not really happened before. The story itself was funny as long as you were able to "keep an open mind" as the Doctor said. :) Character wise I really liked Nardol, he suddenly became more involved and more active in this episode, that really worked. :) He proved to be a better companion actually and he certainly colors the picture. :) The aliens were a tiny bit scary... so they removed the brais from the original bodys, but there heads were empty... bit interesting. Seeing the Doctor under pressure was also a big treat! Remember the scene when the spaceship was about to crash? He was laughing and was doing the unexpected. Good old Doctor. :) So overall I really liked the episode. :)
Superhero in the Whoniverse
As I stated before I grew up watching more Superman, Batman movies than Spiderman or Hulk. I do like some of the Marvel creation, but they aren't my favourite. :) Having a superhero (who technically was Superman/Clark Kent) was interesting. Basically the Doctor gives this little kid a gem stone that he swallows, thinking that's a pill for cold and he became a person with super powers. I especially enjoyed the fact as the story reached the growth of Grant. The diferent stages and the different problems that came with the superpowers... like seeing through clothing and levitation when he gets excited. Something that we didn't really get to see in Superman before. And we have our Lois Lane as well, and she works as a reporter. Our Grant although only works as a baby-sitter. Well, it was a bit ironic, but at the end I realized something really important here. He was the superhero that we all want to be. If you think about the our human nature, we want to be special, we want to be famous... come on, these things are s in most of our checklist. But the real superhero is really the person who can keep a family together, who can make you feel great when you go home. Lucy really realized this at the end of the episode when he put the glas back to Grant and she said: "This is the superhero that I was looking for!" - referring to him as an "ordinary man".
So we can dismiss, or welcome this Xmas special, but if we "keep an open mind" the very basic of this story to appreciate the kind of basic human connection behind it. Overall we have our beloved Doctor, who also had a really emotional scene at the end, where he's talking about the endings and they are sad. I did make me drop a few tears... :'( We had a Superhero touch and aliens who failed to take over the earth... as usual. :) I'm too kind to talk about the negative things about this episode - if there were any - so I'm going to give a 9/10 for this episode. :) Please don't hold your breath back, and use the comment section below to share your opinion about the Xmas Special. :) LLAP _\\//