Arthur Darvill: ‘Let It Go’ — He’s Not Rory!

Sometimes it feels like I’m the only person on the planet who doesn’t believe “Let It Go” (from the movie Frozen ) is the greatest song ever recorded in the history of ever. But what do I know?

There’s this BBC Radio 1 host called Matt Edmondson who apparently has the mutant ability to get big stars to sing parody songs that play on their popular personas, and in this clip he’s convinced Arthur Darvill to sing about how he’s no longer Rory on DOCTOR WHO. In fact, he’s a veteran of Broadway now, having starred in Once.

So let’s watch Arthur put his pipes to good use…

BROADCHURCH 1.8

BC4The final episode of BROADCHURCH began with Detective Inspector Alec Hardy getting his walking papers and literally walking away — but he also got his man, collaring Danny’s killer on his last day on the job. True, the murderer wanted to get caught, but Alec had his suspicions and would have got him even without Danny’s cell phone.

The best thing I can say about the BROADCHURCH finale is that lived up to it promise; the series got the ending it deserved. And, as the recently concluded DEXTER proved, that’s no easy feat.
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BROADCHURCH 1.7

broad1It’s the penultimate episode of BROADCHURCH, and the dominoes are beginning to fall — not only in the Danny Latimer murder case specifically, but also the pieces of the puzzles behind some characters have come together, including Detective Inspector Alec Hardy’s Sandbrook misadventure and Susan Wright’s mysterious past (and reason for the name change).

But there are still several key pieces missing, and I expect next week’s finale to be a pretty jam-packed episode. As suspects like Susan are eliminated, others become more likely. But I’m still holding out for a less-usual suspect. I’m not buying Nigel as the killer; I would be more satisfied if Steve were the perp and he got himself caught by insisting on interfering in the investigation. But my pet theory pointing to Ellie’s husband got a big boost this week.
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BROADCHURCH 1.6

BC01Time has passed in this episode of BROADCHURCH and, ironically just as some are questioning the investigation dragging on, a sense of momentum suddenly began to build in the story’s second half. Clues have finally started to pay off, forensics results are coming in, and the killer may have been prompted to make a hasty, ill-advised move.

The spotlight of suspicion has shifted firmly toward Susan and Paul, but why is Tom acting so strangely — and is Ellie being paranoid, or is Joe acting more and more suspiciously? This week she uncovered a possibly significant lie about her husband’s relationship with Tom, Mark and Danny.
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BROADCHURCH 1.4

Broad401After (apparently) clearing Mark last week, BROADCHURCH this week demonized a handful of other townsfolk so viewers would have new character to boo.

The script tried very hard to make viewers think that creepy old Jack Marshall is the killer. Or could it be prickly Susan Wright, the most off-putting and snide character on the show? And then there’s Paul, the insomniac minister who wanders in the night. What about Steve, the so-called psychic looking to cash in on Danny’s murder? And why were so many people having Sunday dinner together?
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BROADCHURCH 1.2

broad021The most intense, emotionally devastating scene in this week’s BROADCHURCH involved a box of cereal and a grieving mother — and it was almost enough to bring a viewer to tears.

The investigation into the murder of 11-year-old Danny Latimer lurched forward this week when police discovered 500 pounds hidden in Danny’s room and cocaine secreted in Chloe’s (Charlotte Beaumont) room. Another forensics team determined via bloody fingerprint that Danny was killed at a shack a couple of miles down the road — and a print from his father, Mark (Andrew Buchan) was also found at the scene. What’s more, CCTV footage from the shack’s car park showed Mark lurking about on the night of the murder. Chloe said she didn’t know anything about the money in her brother’s room, but she got the coke from hotelier Becca (Simone Macaully) — who claimed she got it from Chloe for some guests, but when they checked out before she could pass it along, she returned the coke to Chloe. She got it from her shady boyfriend, Dean (Jacob Anderson).
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BROADCHURCH Should Have Broad Appeal in USA

broadchurch1I quite enjoyed last night’s premiere of BROADCHURCH on BBC America, but I definitely didn’t see anything that was very “new” or “groundbreaking” — which is the way the series is being sold. BROADCHURCH is a police procedural about the murder of an 11-year-old boy in a British seaside town, and how the killing affects everyone in town.

Perhaps its storytelling is new for a series in the UK, but BROADCHURCH reminded me instantly of TWIN PEAKS, but without the supernatural elements: the death of a child shakes a small town to its core. I expect future installments to reveal the dead boy Danny was involved in a secret conspiracy that affects a lot of adults in town and reaches into the local school — just like Laura Palmer’s situation.  It’s even mimicking the law-enforcement dynamic: the local cop who knows everyone in town teamed with the eccentric “expert” from somewhere else.
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No Ponds for DOCTOR WHO’s 50th — Or Ever Again!

DOCTOR WHO S11.3Well, Steven Moffat, the show-runner (and de facto Lord President of all things DOCTOR WHO) has finally spoken definitively about the possibility of Amy and Rory Pond (Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) returning for the Time Lord’s 50th anniversary story. And his answer is a simple No.

As the creator of Amelia Pond and Rory Williams, Moffat had every right to be their destroyer, and destroy them he did. He both killed them and didn’t kill them the same time by going back to the Weeping Angels’ roots: the Angels sent Amy and Rory into the past and them “live themselves to death.” So they lived full lives and yet died before their time — at the same time. It was the ultimate case of a creator having his cake and eating it too; killing his darlings without murdering them.

So when asked about bringing them back already, Moffat was clear and unambiguous:

“You could never eliminate the possibility of dream sequences and flashbacks, but will the Doctor see them again? No. When I was first talking to Karen and Arthur about it, we said, ‘Let’s make it the proper ending.’ Bringing back things just gives you sequel-itis. Just end it and get out. Heaven knows if they’ll appear in some form of flashback — I have no plans to do that, I have to say — but the story of Amy and The Doctor is definitively over.”

So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth: No more Ponds.
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P.S.: A Letter From DOCTOR WHO’s Past

Just in case you didn’t cry every tear out of your body for the next six months while watching the fall finale of DOCTOR WHO, “The Angels Take Manhattan,” a couple of weeks back, the BBC has generously released a version of an unused scene from Chris Chibnall’s script that acts as a sort of coda to the story. And hits you in the gut, just like the rest of the tale of the Fall of the Ponds.

Entitled “P.S.,” the scene tells us what ultimately happened to Amy and Rory, and how they explain it to Brian — via a messengered letter. The clip is shown with production art, since it was never filmed. And the most special treat here is that Arthur Darvill actually recorded the voice-over for Rory’s letter in character, giving us one last chance to hear from Mr. Pond-turned-Mr.-Williams-again. Darvill’s contribution lends authenticity to the scene, as well as a ton of emotional heft, so the whole thing might even bring a tear to your eye — or so I’ve heard has happened to other people.

This must be included on the series seven Blu-ray/DVD compilation — and wouldn’t it be wonderful if somehow a live-action version of the scene could be shot? It already has Darvill’s voice-over and touching music; all it would need is Mark Williams and an extra to top it off.

Takes Some to Know One: Companion Advice

Here’s a bit of practical advice from former DOCTOR WHO companions Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill (ex-Amy and ex-Rory) to the incoming companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman. I like that Karen and Arthur weren’t silly or sarcastic – but also at a loss for words to describe the experience. Which I believe. I mean, how would you tell someone to prepare to play a companion on DOCTOR WHO? Maybe, brush up on a field guide to dinosaurs? I’d probably say, “Ask the costumer for sneakers!”

We have to wait until Christmas to see Coleman in her new(?) role, and whether she took the advice of the Ponds Williamses.