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“Doomsday” – Review: Redux

Rose “I… I love you”

Doctor “Quite right too”

Doomsday

The plot here is, on the surface, a little lightweight, with essentially just the Daleks and Cybermen slugging it out for world domination while humanity and the Doctor are caught in the crossfire. However, the depth of the story comes from the various interactions, combining action sequences deftly with scenes of emotional depth, all under the steady directorial hand of Graeme Harper. These scenes are some of the truly memorable ones from the 2005-2013 period of the show. For example, as the two foes size one another up there are some wonderful (some might say wonderfully silly) exchanges: to wit, during their first on-screen tete-a-tete, the Dalek simply dismisses the Cybermen with “This is not war. It is pest control“. (Of course, those in the know will realise that this is just a matter of Nick Briggs talking to himself because he provides the voices for both of them). I have heard that a meeting between the Doctor’s two biggest foes was originally proposed way back in the sixties, so it is something of a surprise that it took this long to materialise. Some may say that it is even more surprising therefore, that the battle, when it did come, was so heavily one-sided in favour of the Daleks. Continue reading

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“Army of Ghosts” – Review: Redux

Rose Tyler “This is the story of how I died.”

Army of Ghosts

And so, Billie Piper’s 27-episode run as Rose has come to an end: trapped in a parallel universe with her family but with no chance of escape. The “Army of Ghosts” and “Doomsday” double-part series finale lived up to the expectations of a demanding audience, not only did we get to see the inseparable duo separated but we got a Dalek/Cybermen war thrown in for good measure. I say “war”, more of a “battle”. I say “battle”, more of a “brief encounter”. There was a lot crammed into these two 45-minute segments and so many memorable moments, all of which were built in to the script to lead us in to that ending. Rose going head-to-head with the Cult of Skaro, Pete and Jackie being re-united, and the Daleks and the Cybermen in a war of words as well as weapons were all sequences that will stay with the viewer for quite some time. None of them however can hold a candle to the last 10 minutes of “Doomsday”. Continue reading

“Love & Monsters” – Review: Redux

Elton “And if there’s one thing I really, really love, then it’s Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra. ‘Cause you can’t beat a bit of ELO.”

Love and Monsters

Ah, “Love & Monsters”, I’ve been expecting you. One of the fun reasons for undertaking this countdown to the 50th Anniversary was so that I could get to re-assess episodes like this one. My abiding memory of this one is the reaction it caused at the time. Some people really loved its sense of fun and quiet mocking of fandom, they were thrilled that a nine-year old kid won a Blue Peter competition to design the episode’s monster, and they were intrigued to see a story about how the Doctor can unknowingly influence the lives of those he barely comes in to contact with. On the other hand, some people hated it. With a passion. Due to its immature humour, ridiculous alien (complete with Hale & Pace-esque stunt casting), and its overall cheap feel and low values. I have to confess I am more in the latter camp than the former but the re-watch has led me to realise it’s not (quite) as bad I seemed to remember. Continue reading

“The Christmas Invasion” – Review: Redux

Jackie Tyler “I’m going to be killed by a Christmas Tree”

Christmas Invasion

It was not the start to David Tennant’s era that I had imagined after our introduction at the end of “Parting of the Ways”. Firstly, it only lasted about seven minutes. Secondly, it was six weeks early. Thirdly, it shouldn’t have worked this well. Really. We left the story back in June as the ninth Doctor said his oh-so-beautiful goodbye to Rose and quietly “exploded” in a fountain of fire. Doctor #10 found his new teeth weird and started thinking about Barcelona (the planet, not the city). We were all set for the long countdown to as of then, un-named Christmas special. Then like a bolt from the vortex, we heard that a three-and-a-half minute segment was to be shown on Children in Need. [It turned out to be about 7 minutes in the end]. Oh God, not the cast singing Bohemian Rhapsody or appearing in the Queen Vic, we wondered? Thankfully, not. It was going to be a proper slice of Doctor Who (whatever ‘proper’ might mean), set between “The Parting of the Ways” and “The Christmas Invasion”. We remember “The Curse Of Fatal Death”, we remember that travesty set in Albert Square, so we sure as hell did not want this, did we? Continue reading

“Father’s Day” – Review: Redux

The Doctor: “The entire Earth’s being sterilized. This, and other places like it, are all that’s left of the human race. We might hold out for awhile, but nothing can stop those creatures. They’ll get through in the end; the walls aren’t that old. And there’s nothing I can do to stop them. There used to be laws stopping this kind of thing from happening – my people would have stopped this. But they’re all gone. And now, I’m going the same way.”

Fathers Day

“Father’s Day” introduced an extremely significant character into Rose’s life: her father, Pete, in an episode written by the lovely Paul Cornell. A few years ago, long after the episode had been broadcast I was lucky enough to be at a Bristol Comic Expo during which Paul gave a live commentary on the episode. One of the many things he mentioned early on was about the acting talents of Shaun Dingwall, who went on to play Pete Tyler a number of times throughout the first two series. Mr Cornell said (and I paraphrase here), “Look at the eyes. Shaun doesn’t necessarily have to do too much in certain scenes, but when you look at his eyes you can see that he is living every moment”. Since then I’ve not been able to watch any of Shaun’s episodes without looking at his eyes and it’s absolutely right, he doesn’t look like he’s acting at all, it’s effortless. He’s a consummate professional and one of the understated stars of Doctor Who in 2005/6. Continue reading

“The Long Game” – Review: Redux

The Editor: “Create a climate of fear and it’s easy to keep the borders closed. It’s just a matter of emphasis. The right word in the right broadcast repeated often enough can destabilize an economy, invent an enemy, change a vote.”

The Long Game

“The Long Game” is one of those episodes that might have had everything going for it. To begin with there was a stellar guest cast including the Olivier Award-winning Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing), double BAFTA winner, Anna Maxwell-Martin (Bleak House, Poppy Shakespeare) and Simon Pegg (Star Trek, Mission Impossible and every Edgar Wright movie ever). There was the added dynamic of having a new companion on board (although almost everyone viewing knew that Bruno Langley’s Adam was not going to be travelling onboard the TARDIS for too long). And there were two lead actors who, by this time, were settling in to their roles with gusto. Where then, many fans will ask, did it all go wrong? Continue reading

“World War Three” – Review: Redux

“Raxacoricofallapatorius!” The Doctor

World War Three

“World War Three” had a job to do in my eyes, much like the military investigating the crashed spaceship in part one, it had to salvage something from the wreckage of the disappointing end the previous episode with its ruined cliffhanger and rubbish rubber-suited monster. This episode along with “Aliens of London” and “Rose” had collectively made up Block One of the recording schedule, under the directorship of Keith Boak. Given that the first episode of the renewed series was included in this batch, it’s importance should not be understated, but is there something rotten in the Estate of Powell? Continue reading