May 21st, 2006
Just finished the latest two-part Doctor Who story arc direct from Across The Pond (the new BBC series, not the series currently being shown on Sci-Fi in the US) and, well, I was mighty disappointed. I guess the new season can't all be full of winners and how could you follow up School Reunion and The Girl In The Fireplace with even gooder good stuff? But still. It didn't have to be that disappointing.
1. The whole parallel universe thing could've been played out in far more detail. What we got was the Mickey/Rickey bit, and that was good, and "Rose is the dog" was also a good laugh. But there could have been more! I posit, then, that the lame "DE-LETE! DE-LETE!" catchphrase was thought up and hollered out to show that the Cybermen were this universe's version of the Daleks. Every universe has a bio-cybernetic scourge that likes to holler, perhaps?
2. And if that were the case, then that explains and justifies the whole "I'M-GET-TING-MAR-RIED-IN-THE-MOR-NING" Cyberman bit, even if the scene stunk on ice. I mean, that scene was pretty much saying "Hey, gang! Remember how we made you feel bad for the Daleks in the last series? Well, we're gonna do for the Cybermen now what we did back then in Dalek!" Only this time, well, it didn't work. Too presumptuous and contrived. SO-COLD-SO-VER-Y-VER-Y-COLD-NOW-IT-IS-YOUR-TURN-TO-CRY.
3. And speaking of parallel universes, wouldn't it have been cool if Mrs. Moore had turned out to be that universe's version of the Doctor? I think so. From the tunnel scene on, I was kinda hoping that'd be the case. Unfortunately, I'm sure the only way that would've happened is if a second spin-off show was in the works. That way they could shamelessly drop "MRS. MOORE & ME" plugs in between Torchwood mentions. Because, hey, Torchwood.
4. The Doctor should have tried at least once to thwart a Cyberman with gold. The cliffhanger took place at a posh estate, for crying out loud, there's gold to be found everywhere there. (Sure, the oldschool Cybermen were susceptible to gold dust, which messed up their ventilation systems. That's logical. But somewhere along the line gold in any form became Kryptonite for the Cybermen. Heck, d'you remember Ace taking Cybermen out with gold coins and a slingshot? Of course you do. Oh, we liked Ace.)
5. The entire Discovering Jackie scene was hogwash. Oh, sure. Pete and Rose wade through zillions of Cybermen, only to be stopped at the end by the very person they were looking for. What incredible irony! And look, she recognizes them! Wow! Here, this is how the scene should have gone:
PETE TYLER: Oh no, I ran afoul of a Cyberman!6. Mickey's send-off was kind of nice, though. I'd grown to like him as a character, and I enjoyed watching him realize it was up to him to shake off the Tin Dog stigma. Even if he just up and ran off to Paris without first checking on his Gran and FIXING HER CARPET. Idiot!
PETE TYLER: What?
PETE TYLER: Jackie, is that you?!
PETE TYLER: You can't be Jackie! You can't!
PETE TYLER: Oh! Ha! Good one, Bill.
7. Mickey's act of heroism was great, and the scene was built up nicely, but the climax was ruined by having the doctor shove the cellphone, which just has the Inhibito-Destructo Code displayed on its screen, into the Convenient Cellphone Communications Port What Controls The Entire Cybermen Army. What, was typing the code on a keyboard a little too plebian or something? And while we're at it, let's just upload this virus to the alien mothership using my Powerbook. Bah.
How's Tennant been working out as the Doctor? I'm hoping Sci-Fi airs the second series eventually, and that it's not a year after the fact like the first one.
My opinion: He's OK, but he's no Christopher Eccleston. I'm hoping he grows into the part.
So far, they seem to be writing the Tenth Doctor as a more hyperactive, cheeky and self-righteous fellow than the Ninth; at times Tennant seems like Colin Baker's little brother on a sugar high.
Colin Baker went on to give many fine performances as the Doctor on Big Finish audios, often better than any of the scripts he got on the TV show.
Mr. Tennant is growing on me as the series progresses; it helps that he shares the same kind of manic enthusiasm that Eccleston had. But he definitely wins the Hyperactive Doctor award, hands-down. Good thing he's not the one with the bag of jelly babies!
I particularly like Tennant's goofy streak. His revelation about blood control in the Christmas Invasion was great.
I do miss Eccleston saying "you lot" a dozen times an episode, though.
|Date:||May 22nd, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)|| |
All the points you made, plus the script in part two was dogawful.
Next week's is YET ANOTHER HISTORIC LONDON ONE. Please, please, can we go with the Doctor to another planet instead of back in time and across parallel dimensions to planet bleeding Earth. A planet that happens to look like a quarry would do just fine. Aliens that look like people with funny hairdos would be just fine.
And a villain that controls people by means other than commonplace domestic technology would be just spiffy, too.
Oh no it's a TV IS BAD FOR YOU episode, hot on the heels of the BLUETOOTH IS BAD FOR YOU episode!
Some folks were trying to justify and explain the Earth-centric episodes as the Doctor trying to stay around someplace comfortable and familiar to him in the wake of the Gallifrey-destroying Time War and all. But I don't buy it, since I'm sure there were several other Quarry Planets that he very much enjoyed.
I think I need a nice K9 icon or something now.
HOORAY FOR SLIGHTLY BLURRY K9
|Date:||May 22nd, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)|| |
One could partially justify the Earth-centric episodes as Rose wanting to be taken back in time to see the sights of historic Earth (usually London). Rose is also keen on seeing other planets, though.
There's also the "new viewer" angle there, too, at least with the Ninth Doctor. The new viewers are accompanying Rose, going along for the ride for the first time, learning the Doctor Who mythos bit by bit, etc. I was gonna say "The new viewers are Rose" but that would be silly. Anyway, it seems natural to give them some crazy Earthy segments first, to get caught up to speed and stuff. Extending that into the Tenth Doctor's series, though, is beginning to grow tiresome.
There's a proper new planet in the story that follows next Saturday's episode.