This is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWANThis is a Blog from CAMERON K MCEWAN

 

 

 

Saturday, April 26, 2008
THE SONTARANS ARE BACK!
And so is MARTHA!

Rhumba snort!

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 amusing scenes.

Cue joke about women drivers...

"Prawn", "dumbo" and "dunce" 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 was flippin', 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!

Not too 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; particularly the shot below. The interior meets the exterior, a bit like life.

Sah~weet shot!

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!

I guffawed 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,
C.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,

posted by Cameron McEwan at 11:44 pm -
4 Comments:
  • At 5:55 pm, Blogger Richard Starkings said…

    For a moment there, I thought your capitalization of WILF meant something else.

    But... YOU liked it?!

    Picks self up off floor in amazement.

    Lots of BLUE I noticed. Again.

     
  • At 6:51 pm, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Ha ha, durty boy!

    I really enjoyed it. There are some negatives but not significant enough to mention. (OK, The Doc 'arguing' with the SatNav was a bit lame)

    Liked the tension with UNIT which I didn't mention. Very Pertwee/Baker (when the latter got the chance).

    The lighting was odd but almost disco~esque. Maybe the Sontarans like to party at night.

    Did YOU enjoy it?

     
  • At 7:56 pm, Blogger Richard Starkings said…

    I did... but I thought it was the lamest cliffhanger ever...

    And the whole "You're a (fill in blank), now you have to keep me alive," line is wearing thin.

    R!

     
  • At 8:40 pm, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Agreed, it felt like something was going to happen but didn't. Nice shot of DAVEY T in the smoke, though why he was wandering about doing nothing was a bit odd.

    Certainly the 'lamest' of the New Series but not as bad at the countless close-ups of COLIN BAKER in a number TRIAL OF A TIMELORD cliffhangers.

    I get the feeling that someone will smash a window in order to get WILF out the car. I mean, where did the UNIT guy go?

    The bigger the cliffhanger, the bigger the fall (as they don't say).


    I didn't like it the first time he named an alien in order to save himself. Much in the same way that The Doc buys himself time by babbling in order to get out of being killed.

    Still, the next part will put all this into context. Let's hope I don't resort to being disappointed again...

     
Post a Comment

Links

Previous
Archives