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Heisenberg might have stayed here
Well, it seems that I enjoyed tonight's episode rather more than those on my f-list who've already posted. It's a while since I have written about Doctor Who, so here are some recollections.
The Shakespeare Code was a romp, not to be taken seriously but great fun. If I were to pick at it I would suggest that we try a purely historical episode, perhaps, without (other) aliens? I would also suggest that I wasn't quite as much in awe of the aliens as the production crew seemed to be in that week's Confidential, CGI-wise they seemed to be to be much of a repeat of those from School Reunion. But I did like the quasi-cliffhanger with Queen Elizabeth. Clever, and I wonder if it is a prequel for something. Didn't Babylon 5 once do something similar? Virgin Queen in Not Played By Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, or Glenda Jackson - Shocker. Now, to quote poliphilo, that's what I pay my licence fee for.
Gridlock: Didn't look promising, but turned out to be nicely done. I suppose RTD can do the satirical element - see also Bad Wolf. It was a bit derivative - not just the Macra (which were almost an aside), but also The Ark/Ark in Space, The Face of Evil, and weren't those sisters a bit Paradise Towers?
Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks: Couldn't we have called this The Manhattan Project? Musical theatre - ha ha ha! Yes, perhaps it was derivative again (Evil of the Daleks is not a story I'm familiar with, but in many ways, think Destiny too). If there were a Cult of Skaro, wouldn't it be populated by renegade Daleks, tempted to go about the universe doing good? And surely a Dalek-Human hybrid would restore some of the emotions bred out by Davros. Like Genesis, the Doctor has the option to stop the whole thing, but ... he can't. A nice touch with the Doctor seizing the antenna so as not to be electrocuted - a Faraday cage turned inside out; nice line about the sonic screwdriver. First Floor - Perfumery! There were flaws, but I think the high-level story had something going for it.
Generally I think this has been a rather good season so far.


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uitlander From: uitlander Date: April 28th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't Babylon 5 once do something similar?

They did. The two episodes were 'Babylon squared' in season 1 and 'War without End' in seaon 3 - the first an 'odd' episode which is hard to understand and leaves you thinking WTF, until 2 years later.... the explanation emerges. I've been wondering whether RTD would try something similar, as its an obvious trick, and it would be nice to see the doctor caught up and wriggling in the aftermath of something he'll o later on in his own time line.

And as for the cult of Skaro, just be grateful they don't come round calling door to door at meal times to talk to you about the Davros monster fun pop-up annual or some such.

I think someone else summed it up nicely when they said 'they exterminated Zoidberg!'
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