Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead Rewatch

I spent the start of 2016 rewatching old episodes of Doctor Who. I started with The Crimson Horror still the glorious fun caper I said it was in my Culture Jam review from when it first aired. The other two episodes I watched was the River Song‘s ‘introductory’ two parter, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead. As River would say “spoilers” so don’t click below the break if you don’t want to know anymore.

Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead Rewatch

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Are Casual Viewers Being Alienated?

Casual Viewers Being Alienated

At 9pm on the 1st of January 2014, Sherlock returned to our screens to explain how he survived the jump off the top of St Bart’s hospital. Of the 9.2 million people who watched, not everyone was impressed, especially Archie Bland, Senior Writer at the Independent newspaper, who the following day wrote an article called Doctor Who to Sherlock: TV franchises now have such devoted followings that casual viewers are alienated. It is safe to say I disagree.

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More Than Friends?

Gay Subtext in Sherlock

Sherlock, the BBC‘s updating of Sherlock Holmes, is often called

the gayest show on television.

The reason for this is the incredible strong, emotional relationship between its two central characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman respectively. Not since Sam carried Frodo up Mount Doom as a male relationship with so much love been put on screen.

Sadly in the world we now live in men aren’t allowed to be just friends anymore and sex must be involved. When you combine this with another one of the world’s ills – the Youtube tribute video – a strange cultural phenomena occurs. Did you know you get 144,000 results if you type “Sherlock John Love” into Youtube?

Why do I mention this?  Well South Korean TV channel OCN seem to have taken inspiration from these tribute videos and create these adverts for the series: Continue reading