I agree with Dodo, it is funny that the Doctor has no idea of time.
I like that the idea of life force in this adventure includes artistic abilities. Someone very unexpected once told me that creating art is good for your soul. I agree that it an essential part of being a full human being. Art can come out in so many ways, so I wouldn’t want anyone to assume I am limiting it to only painting or some other sort if physical art. But I think that it is important to be able to have that beautiful, immeasurable section of time when you are so lost in what you are doing that everything else melts away. And then to be able to share that very private part of oneself with others. It is important for your well-being.
Steven is leaving. I cannot say I’ll miss him too much, but I did not really see it coming. There’s not much time to get attached to companions over the last several stories. I wonder how much longer Dodo will be with us…
- Story Grade: A-
Ah yes, a story written by
Michael Ian Black Ian Stuart Black, sorry. This is the very common struggle in societies of old and many stories in sci-fi future; the struggle between two “races” of people, where one group believes the others are savages or lesser-beings.
Up until this point, Doctor Who was not really “in your face” with it’s message, but this story definitely hammers the point home. In later years there will be a phase where every story is a lesson or reflects ideals (whether it’s political leanings or a reflection on current culture), so this story was a bit ahead of its time.
Jael and I live close to a Native American community (the teepee lights at night from the casino serve as a good beacon to get guests within spitting distance of our house), so this story is a brutal reminder of our nation’s dealing with the native people. Let’s just say that I am glad that the working title of The White Savages was scrapped. Doctor Who has enough racist, sexist, and other -ist moments in its long history, I’m glad they caught this before adding yet another to the list.
Now back to Michael Ian Black. I understand that his comedy routine and some of his movies/TV shows might not be certain people’s cups of tea, but there is one thing that I would recommend to ANYONE… You’re Not Doing It Right. This book is amazingly funny, and shockingly close to real life. I am not a book reader, but I LOVED this book. I urge you, give this book a chance.
- Story Grade: B-
- Great message, wouldn’t mind actually seeing if it were ever discovered. not a classic, but stronger than average.
Thank you, Michael Ian Black. Though this isn’t the forum for such mentions, your book contains more than comedy, though it made me actually laugh out loud many times. As far as DW thanks, I mentioned this before, but thank you to either Ian Stuart Black or the show-runner, changing the name of the story was only the right thing to do.