I didn’t get round to posting about Saturday’s Doctor Who and with no connection last night I couldn’t do it then either. So here rather late are my brief thoughts on Midnight.
Not a bad little story getting Donna out of the way was a good idea. It had an air of the cheap story with basicly one studio set, a small cast and a few good quality matte paintings made to make up for some of the bigger budget episodes with UNIT looking like they were more than two troopers and a landrover. It reminded me a little of A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C Clarke.
The West Wing episode 17 People is one of my favourites. It works because it focuses in on the characters and doesn’t go for any location work or any guest stars. It was made on the studio’s orders to keep the costs down.
Midnight wasn’t a 17 People but it wasn’t the first Doctor Who clip show either. Personally I’d have made it a little scarier and played up the claustrophobic element a bit more. Ultimately it didn’t feel like the Doctor was really in jeopardy.