Dear BBC, I'd Like to Nominate Jamie Mathieson to Run Doctor Who
After "Mummy on the Orient Express" being mostly good, I figured two in a row was too much to hope for, so this time around I was bracing myself for another dose of nonsense, misogyny and contrived attempts at cleverness. Boy, was I glad to be disappointed.
As it turns out, Doctor Who
8x09, "Flatline", was written by the same person: Jamie Mathieson, who has previously worked on other popular British genre shows that I haven't watched (like Being Human
), but is apparently brand new to writing Who
. Like "Mummy", this episode wasn't perfect, but there was definitely a lot to like: Witty one-liners, an interesting if slightly goofy premise, the psychic paper failing for once (and without being attached to a big plot reveal, which I rather liked), Peter Capaldi's Doctor being sidelined for most of the episode, giving Clara a chance to shine, and Clara actually managing to do so instead of being incredibly annoying for once...
The core of this episode though, is an exploration of what it means to be the Doctor and how he does what he does. I think they've been trying to do that all season, but this episode alone does a better, more insightful, funnier job of it than every other episode of the season combined. Jamie Mathieson gets
the Doctor, nailing small moments in a way Steven Moffat never has.
Unfortunately, according to the schedule, these are the only Jamie Mathieson episodes we get this season. Next week, we get some kind of "Little Red Riding Hood" riff set in a forest that pops up in the middle of modern London. Seems like a premise with some potential, and its written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, another experienced author that (as far as I can tell) is new to Who
. For now, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get one last hurrah before we have to finish out the season by swallowing two more turds from Steven Moffat. #tv #scifi #doctorwho #doctorwhoseason8 #stevenmoffatsucks #jamiemathieson