On “The Sound of Drums”

Oh. My. God.

Oh. My. God.

Holy. Fuck.

The penultimate episode of Doctor Who‘s third season isn’t perfect.

But Holy! Fuck!

Three years and two series have been building toward this. You can tell. It started last week, as the threads pulled closer. This week? All bets are off.

The sound of drums? It’s the sound of the tension being ratcheted up.

The last five minutes?


There’s one thing that lets the episode down, and that’s the feeling that this cribs a lot from Lawrence Miles’ Benny novel Dead Romance. (Though calling it a “Benny novel” is a misnomer–Benny’s name-checked, but that’s it.) But y’know? That’s a minor thing.

Because those last five, ten minutes?


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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