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  1.  The Grimm new adventures of Doctor Who


    Much has been written regarding the casting of Matt Smith in the titular role, and whether or not Doctor Who would skew towards a younger audience. This is a view I never shared with fellow fans or the series' detractors! Peter Davison (the fifth Doctor) wasn't much older than Matt and his incarnation was far from infantile.

    Doctor Who has always been a show with the broadest appeal and why would Steven Moffat break what isn't broken (unless you count the final few seasons of Russell T Davies' tenure, which fell into self-parody)? Incidentally, Steven Moffat's 'The Girl in the Fireplace' (S2) is one of my all-time favourite Doctor Who stories. So, I was hoping for a move towards darker fairytale motifs in the new season.

    Geronimo! Here, we see the adventures of our beloved Time Lord framed as a fairytale. Not a fairytale in the mainstream sense, as popularised by the Hollywood studio system, but as a darkly lyrical coming of age story penned by the Brothers Grimm or Lewis Carol.

    Moffat's narrative adroitly references famous literary works with gusto: from a red apple to being late for a very important date. It's haunting, poignant, brilliant...

    Aside from Murray Gold's continued attempts to destroy the iconic main theme (the original will never be surpassed) and not at all reflective of his compositions therein. Doctor Who S5 is off to a superlative start - Matt Smith and Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) are effortless - and the return of iconic adversaries, throughout the season, will bring more twists and turns than any rabbit hole that Alice (or Amy) might tumble down.