Monday, August 25, 2014

Doctor Who--"Hide"

“Hide” is an interesting experience.  It took me a while to get into the story because it seemed like a budget saving haunted house tale all taking place in one or two rooms.  The pacing at first is dull.  But “Hide” quickly evolved from a lackluster ghost story to genuine horror and then science fiction seamlessly.  Color me impressed.

A professor and his assistant are ghost hunting for the Witch of the Well at the Caliburn House sometime in the ‘70’s when the Doctor and Clara arrive to help.  But the Doctor is not looking for a ghost, although the strange writings on the walls and photos of one through various time periods indicate there is one.  Said ghost/witch is actually a pioneering time traveler caught in some techno babble time pocket that ought to remind old school Whovians of E-space.  The doctor eventually rescues er and, for a unique twist, realizes the twisted monster stalking them both in the time pocket is merely a lonely alien. 

Amid all that action, the guest stars manage to stand out.  Dougray Scott and Jessica Raine play the professor and his psychic assistant respectively.  They are hopelessly in love, but are forced to hide--there is that word again--their true feelings because of their job.  That is until Emma is put in danger.  The scenes with the two of them alone are wonderful. 

Did anyone else get a chill when Emma warned Clara there is a sliver of ice in the Doctor’s heart?  Foreshadowing, but for when?  The seventh series finale in May or the 50th anniversary special?

“Hide” starts slow, but it winds up as one of the best episodes of the seventh series.   The switch from horror/science fiction and action/drama is done masterfully with the right addition of the Doctor’s impish mannerisms to lighten what could have been unbearable tension.  I am highly impressed.

Rating: *** (out of 5)

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