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This story raised the question of the Doctor's non-interference policy for Earth history early on, when Yaz asked "even if something's not right?", but it also found two ways to dodge really answering it. Graham's insistence that he has never heard of Bilehurst (sp?) Crag equates to the way Hartnell and Troughton's pure historical episodes were increasingly slotted into explicit gaps in the historical record (e.g. The Highlanders), while this one eventually proved to be a pseudo-historical in any case.

I'm afraid I found the Moxon hordes pretty underwhelming once they were released from their tree and able to speak through what had been Becka Savage - just another roaring monster, blithering about its plans and then being implausibly-easily defeated, really. There was also a bit of a stylistic mis-match between crisp, twinkling King James and the dreich, dismal atmosphere of the village - itself sometimes so muddy it threatened to tip over into Monty Python or Maid Marian and her Merry Men-style comedy territory. And I fully expected to hear at some point exactly what had happened to Mistress Savage's husband and why she had had all horses shot - some poor script editing there, perhaps, leaving unresolved loose threads?

Still, the early witch-ducking sequence was pretty good, as were the possessed revenants; there was just enough dialogue about systemic misogyny without it becoming preachy; and I enjoyed both Siobhan Finneran as Becka Savage and Alan Cummings as the king - especially when he was flirting with Ryan. I think I'd sum this one up as 'could have better, but definitely not bad'. Certainly better than last week's, anyway, which I liked less and less the more I thought through its implications over the couple of days following its broadcast.

Date: Monday, 26 November 2018 08:18 (UTC)
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There was also a bit of a stylistic mis-match between crisp, twinkling King James and the dreich, dismal atmosphere of the village

I liked this one more than anything else but demons of the Punjab (am not really loving this series at all, but then I've hated Chris Chibnall's writing ever since I first met him) but that kept distracting me too. I kept waiting for him to be an impostor or something instead.

Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:08 (UTC)
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Or not an imposter. Perhaps the Stuart dynasty are really the front person for a social hive species with a brood queen and Mary Queen of Scots had several hundred identical sons.

Date: Monday, 26 November 2018 12:34 (UTC)
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I didn't love this episode at all.

I was a bit baffled by King James and in particular Alan Cummings' English accent and the alien baddies seemed badly thought out to me.

Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:06 (UTC)
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When James VI and his establishment arrived in England in 1603 IIRC they were mocked for their Scottish accents.

What I'm certain about, having studied Scottish legal history at uni, was that official Scottish government documents, Acts of Parliament, records of the Privy Council and so on were written in Scots during the period of the Union of the Crowns. James VI & I was a well educated man but I'm guessing he still spoke Latin with a Scottish accent.

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