Part one of Paul Cornell‘s two part story featuring the Doctor hiding out in a completely invented persona during World War One on Earth.
I have to wonder about the timing as this is Memorial Day Weekend. The novel was very anti-war and in the televised version we have the Doctor’s references to a ‘dark shadow’ moving across the planet. So the sentiment of the book is echoed on TV. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pacifist by nature, but how does the average family accept this during a time when we are asked to ‘support our troops’?
It’s a stunning tale with an amazing cast and top notch performances all round. Even some genuinely spooky moments! Just like Doctor Who of the good old days!
In any case, there are lots of weird little nods and winks to the fans this time around. There are even references The Doctor’s parents as being Varity (Lambert) and Sydney (Newman), the creators of Doctor Who in 1963.
Can YOU spot the classic Doctors in his diary?