Broadchurch (Season 1)

I never imagined Doctor Who as a series cop investigating a murder. Once you get past the weirdness it is pretty good.

The show starts in the sleepy little town of Broadchurch. With close neighbors, and secrets all around. A body of an 11 year old boy named Danny Latimer is found on a beach. Cue in Alec Hardy, played by Davide Tennent (formerly of Doctor Who fame) coming in to investigate it. The boy was the best friend of the son of Alec Hardy’s new partner – Ellie Miller.

Alec Hardy is a cop from a different town with a failed murder investigation. He is intent on making up for that as well as getting along with a serious medical condition. Meanwhile his partner Ellie who is a local is trying to come to terms with investigating her neighbors and friends for a horrific murder.

The show goes back and forth, possible murderers are investigated, both close to the family and strangers. A psychic shows up and has information as well. For its part, the psychic isn’t played up and is very minor, you never know how he really knows the info and for that I am glad they didn’t make this an episode of “Medium”.

This show is like a Doctor Who Reunion, even if it isn’t the same doctor and companions. Arthur Darvill who played Rory, a companion of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who. I am not fond of Mr. Darvill, not as Rory, not as his character Captain Rip Hunter on Legends of Tomorrow, nor is he really that impressive here. It isn’t that he is a bad actor, but he just isn’t nearly as interesting as any of the other characters here.

The ending did catch me off guard and had an emotional punch. I was pretty impressed.

Pros: David Tennent and most of the cast are great. The secrets that are revealed are interesting and the ending was intense.

 Cons: Seriously, I can really do without having Arthur Darvill in the tv series I watch.

Great show once you get past expecting the TARDIS to show up.

 

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