The obvious critical question is this: which Matthew Graham do we get here? The Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes scribe? Or the ‘Fear Her’ and Bonekickers doppelganger?
There’s an illusion of transformative work here – although this seems to alter the rules of the Whoniverse, in fact it leaves all the game pieces in play as they were.
‘The Curse of the Black Spot’ serves up warmed-over intertextualities with gusto. But such manic repetition of generic fare seems to over-ride considerations of authorial distinction.