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“The Age of Steel” – Review: Redux

Mickey Smith “You’re just making it up as you go along!”
The Doctor “Yep. But I do it brilliantly.”

Age of Steel

The cliffhanger was resolved in a rather unsatisfactory way with Ten whipping out his recharged power cell from the TARDIS and zapping the approaching Cybermen with some hitherto unseen energy ray. I guess that that is one of the challenges with that kind of situation: you have to have a moment of peril at the end of episode one but you have to get your protagonists out within moments of the start of the episode two. This resolution can either be signposted easily in advance or you can surprise the audience with something along these lines. It’s generally either too easy or too impossible to guess and getting the right balance is a skill in itself. Anyway as soon as the escape from the Cybermen had been affected, we soon had a band of good guys in a Transit van trying to save the world. Continue reading


“Rise of the Cybermen” – Review: Redux

Rose Tyler “They’re people?”
The Doctor “They were. Now they’ve had all their humanity taken away. That’s a living brain jammed inside a cybernetic body, with a heart of steel. All emotions removed.”

Rise of the Cybermen

As if the brilliance of the previous three episodes wasn’t enough, I originally approached this first double header of Series Two with some serious excitement. The Cybermen were back and, if last the “Dalek” reappearance in Series One was anything to go by, then we should be in for a cracker. Also worthy of note is the fact that the director of this tale, Graeme Harper, became the first classic series director to return to try his hand at the new series. His skills at structuring a story and his undoubted talents at directing a cracking action sequence or two meant that “The Rise of the Cybermen” and tomorrow’s “Age of Steel” were handled with aplomb. So why wasn’t this as good as it might have been?  Continue reading