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The Vampires of Venice

This episode began with a witty scene involving the Doctor popping out of a cake at Amy's fiance's stag party. But this was probably the highpoint of a weak episode. There were some good bits, but the plot was not strong and there was little that was novel. We learnt a little more about the cracks, but that was it.

Flesh And Stone

A clever, pacy episode that answers some questions and sets up a whole lot more. The Doctor eventually overcomes the angels (in a manner reminiscent of Doomsday). Along the way we find out more about the angels, River Song and the cracks.

The Time of Angels

Stephen Moffat brings back two of his creations in this episode: River Song and the Weeping Angels and combines them into an enigmatic thriller. The Weeping Angels are revealed to be far more powerful and dangerous than Blink would suggest and give this episode a thriller / horror feel.

Victory Of The Daleks

The daleks are back, but what on Earth are they up to? Perhaps more significantly, why can't Amy remember who they are? A mysterious and occasionally hilarious episode that sees the daleks regenerate yet again into something more dangerous.

The Beast Below

This is the first "normal" episode of the new series, ie. not a regeneration episode or a special. And I think we are starting to see the more thoughtful approach of Steven Moffat. As with The Eleventh Hour it's something hiding in the shadows (in this case the beast below) and the Doctor's ability to notice things and understand what's going on while Amy sees nothing. What follows is a gripping episode with lots of suspense, just a few snippets of humour and a difficult decision for the Doctor.

The Eleventh Hour

After a long wait - let's face it, just four episodes in 2009 was insufficient - the Doctor is back. A new theme/intro, a new logo, a new producer, a new face, a new companion, a new TARDIS, even a new sonic screwdriver, and yet, so many references to the past. This blend of old and new looks very, very promising. For a first episode, this is up there with the best. Better than Eccleston's or Tennant's. Bring it on, I say.

The End Of Time (Part II)

More space opera from Russell Davies as his reign comes to an end and David Tennant finishes his time as The Doctor. But for all that, it was a pretty solid episode. A little over the top, but not as much as some other season endings. Many loose ends were tied up and David Tennant given ample opportunity to farewell his role in style.

The Vinvocci (also unchanged by the gate) rescue the Doctor and Wilf in the "worst rescue ever" (the Doctor's words). They escape to the Vinvocci's ship in orbit and hide.

The End Of Time (Part I)

The first half of two-part finale to Season IV, David Tennant as the 10th Doctor and Russell Davies as Producer. The episode begins with the resurrection of the Master (can he ever be killed?) and ends with the Master taking over humanity. But this is portrayed as only a small thing in comparison to an underlying event - the return of the Time Lords!

SF Movies in 2009

2009 seemed to be a bit of a block-buster year for SF movies. By my count I saw five big movies at the cinemas this year: Watchmen, Transformers 2, Star Trek, District 9 and Avatar.

The Waters Of Mars

A good, solid episode with lots of action, several portents of the future and the Doctor overreaching himself. After a long wait, it was good to have him back on TV.

The episode begins with the Doctor apparently doing a bit of sightseeing on Mars. He discovers a base (from Earth) and is promptly captured. All is normal until the Doctor discovers he knows about this particular base, its crew and that they all died on the very day he has arrived. (This is just a little too much of a coincidence for mine.)

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