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So, we've had a trip to the present, a trip to the future, and its all been good. Really good. But a trip through the archives shows that no era of Doctor Who has managed to do past, present and future to the same standard. So, it was with a little trepidation that I sat down for The Unquiet Dead. 

I needn't have worried. The standard has been set, and its obvious the series is going to stick to it. My chief concern was that the League of Gentlemen stalwart would overdo the humour, and that Callow's performance would be a tad camp.

Neither fear was justified. Some nice little touches, such as Charles Dickens using the phrase "What the Shakespeare...?", and the Doctor's new classic, "I love a happy medium".

The attention to period detail is superb (after all, isn't period drama what the BBC does best?). The characterisation of Dickens is well-observed, and played with integrity, and the supporting cast is strong enough to suck you into 19th century Cardiff. Excellent make up and CGI work well with the atmospheric lighting to complete the piece.

Again, mention is made of the Time War, with some concerned looks between the Doctor and Rose - subtle enough reference to the backstory of the ninth Doctor, continuing hints from Rose and End of the World, without bogging the show down in a constraining arc-story.

My only complaint for this story is that apart from the historical setting, its a little too similar to Image of the Fendahl for me. That said, had the likes of RTD, Gatiss and Cornell not been influenced by Dr Who in the 60's and 70's, I wouldn't be writing this now.

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