Opinions are funny things, aren't they?
I am of the opinion that Human Nature/Family of Blood was some of the finest Who to emerge in recent years (surpassed only by every episode written by Steven Moffatt
). A respected friend and avid Who fan of my acquaintance
, however, is of the opinion that, well, basically and fundamentally, it wasn't a Doctor Who story
and if he wanted to watch a period romance between a schoolteacher and compassionately proper school matron, well, that's what he would have done.
(I eagerly await his views on Blink
, which has a similar amount of Doctor in it, though vastly less Tennant.)
(Did I mention that I thought Joan was the role for whom Jessica Stephenson was invented? She fit her like a glove, really she did.)
By the same token, I've no doubt that many corners of Who fandom will take issue with this week's Utopia,
though it is in essence a story one-third told. ( Cut for spoilers )
Also this weekend, I went to see the new Fantastic Four movie. I was of the opinion that it was a great improvement on the first, a perfectly presentable action adventure movie with more than a little tongue in cheek. The script was reasonably tight, the effects were solid and convincing and ( Minor spoilers )
In my opinion it was a well-balanced blend of the source material and the necessary big-screen updates (though Johnny's topless scene was gratuitous and unnecessary and far too brief) - all the best parts of the earlier movie with none of the wretched science (unless you count talk of "cosmic rays" as physics) ( Slightly larger spoilers )
Many of those with whom I saw it, however, were of the opinion that the film held no redeeming features at all. Which is odd, since in the past we have broadly agreed on the relative merits of various motion pictures. Certainly we universally agreed on the utter, utter hideous abomination that is the new entryway to The Orient at the Trafford Centre - a mockery of taste in brown marble and faux gold and what must surely be the most gross offence to the word "staircase" since records began. Mammon must be pleased indeed.
It is the conclusion of this rambling editorial that It Just Goes To Show.
ASIDE: For more on what I did at the weekend, see here. Redundant? If he's my friend, of course he's of my acquaintance.