|And so is MARTHA!
I am, of course,
referring to this week's DOCTOR WHO
installment, THE SONTARAN STRATAGEM
. Although the pre~titles
did feel like it was from THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES (not necessarily a bad thing)
they still packed a punch by killing off a lurvely
'young' lady in quite an unpleasant fashion. Then we were treated to the goddess DONNA
piloting the TARDIS
. Top stuff. HELEN "Am I Going To 'Hate' Her Again?" RAYNOR
did a superb
job in writing for THE DOCTOR
and CATHY T
with a few very
Cue joke about women drivers... "Prawn"
were all abuse hurled by DONNA
at DAVEY T
and hoots ensued when he thought she was leaving him. Real big hoots
. She got some great material that also included a tear~inducing reunion with WILF
. The Doc's reunion with him was a nice touch too; BERNY C
, for want of a better word, awesome
and their family dynamic is a welcome addition to DOCTOR WHO
. In other areas HR
's aggresive SONTARANS
invoke old~skool WHO
, in a good way. Their 'song' (sadly, not as nice as The Ood's 'number one with a bullet')
at the end, whilst odd at first, became strangely
eerie as the episode closed.
Duncan Goodhew is back!
sure about the boy 'genius' though. I am
sure about that clone though (pictured above)
, gross! Though when it went all sexy
with a MARTHA~esque
body, I did suffer an arousal. The SONTARANS
themselves were allright, though we didn't get too much potato~headed action, I assume there will be next week though. Direction~wise
, there was some interesting work from 'newcomer' Douglas Mackinnon
the shot below. The interior meets the exterior, a bit like life.
Performance~wise, CATHY T
takes all the honours, along with BERNY C
, but top marks to FREEMA
. So good to see her again and nice to see her get some juicy, and slightly sexy, 'clone' scenes. Bad Martha, dirty Martha, go to your room. Hhmmm. DAVEY T
also got some nice lines (including another reference to the 'Medusa Cascade')
but I felt he was rather overpowered by the rest of the cast, which is a first. CHRIS "Topher" RYAN
delivered more old skool WHO
type shenanigans as GENERAL STAAL
. Humourless and agressive, and brilliant.
Kissy kissy, mwah!
twice at some 'in~jokes' during THE SONTARAN STRATAGEM
. The first was when THE DOCTOR
mentioned his time with UNIT
, claiming it was either the Seventies or
the Eighties. This, non~geeks
, was a reference to the fact that the production team (back in the day)
managed to eff
up the actuality
of the time frame that the original UNIT
stories took place. Second larf blurted
out when we were presented with the 'boy' genius's room. It resembled, very heavily
, the infamous 'swimming~pool' room in the TARDIS
as seen in another SONTARAN
adventure, THE INVASION OF TIME
. Though I may be reading a bit
much into that...
I'm guessing this is the 'poison sky'.
'Til the next time,
Labels: Catherine Tate, David Tennant, Donna Noble, Freema Agyeman, Martha Jones, Screen Shots, Screenshots, Sontarans, The Sontaran Stratagem, The Sontaran Stratagem Pictures, The Sontaran Stratagem Review