Russell T. Davies is due a lot of credit for regenerating Doctor Who for the 21st century, but his artistic contribution hasn’t been the greatest. Hats off to Eccleston and Tennant as the Doctors, and a huge surprise in Billie Piper, whom I fully expected to be the worst assistant since Bonnie Langford. But among the writers, Steven Moffat reigns supreme. His CV outside Doctor Who is impressive, with Press Gang and Jekyll as notable landmarks. Within Doctor Who, his The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances was nothing short of stunning.
Given my high expectations, I was slightly disappointed in last week’s episode, Silence in the Library, although I was pleased that it introduced a concept I’ve long felt was strangely absent from time-travel fiction in general, namely that two people can encounter events in a different sequence. But last week’s episode was the first of a two-parter, and this week’s Part 2, Forest of the Dead, was better than I dared hope. It even managed to get a fair performance out of the real worst assistant since Bonnie Langford.