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Saturday, April 12, 2008
"You Fought Her Off With A Water Pistol? I BLOODY Love You!"
CATHY T gets the best line (yet again) in the second DOCTOR WHO episode of SERIES 4, THE FIRES OF POMPEII.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; FEROSH!

Not only did she get the best lines but she also delivered her most rounded and incredibly powerful performance yet giving DAVEY T a run for his money; going from light larfs at the start to a number of teary scenes (both her and mine) with THE DOCTOR debating the morality of his lifestyle. DONNA NOBLE has fast become THE companion of choice and my trousers tighten with the thought of eleven more episodes of her. Not to be outdone, however, the rest of the cast were suitably awesome. Stand up PETER CAPALDI and PHIL DAVIS, two giants of television acting over the decades and now together.

Keep taking, coughs, the tablets...

PETEY C gave a very warm and endearing show as the 'head' of his family ("Are you seeing that boy again?") whilst PHILLY D (that one doesn't really work, sorry) storms it as a reeeeaaal bad guy. Stout work guys and top marks to the rest of the cast. Gold star too to the director who pulled off a number of neat choices; specifically the scene where DONNA shares her 'prophecy' with the daughter and the TARDIS scene near the end where she was pleading with THE DOC to go back and 'save someone'. Really interestingly done, odd angles and teasingly tight around the console, if you pardon the expression.

It's a quarry!

Another scene that was as chilling as it was relevatory happened when LUCIUS (Phil Davis) got together with the aforementioned daughter, EVELINA, and had what can only be referred to as a 'Prophecy-Off'. Shivers ensued when he identified him as 'Man of Gallifrey' and then revealed to THE DOCTOR, "She is returning." Wha? Who is returning? (Ok, it'll be Rose no doubt.) Then he said to DONNA, "There is something on your back". Reader please note: you will hear this referenced later on in the series. It's a biggie! We also got another reference to THE SHADOW PROCLAMATION; the MEDUSA CASCADE (here it was the 'Cascade of Medusa') and to 'disappearing' planets - red herrings or red hot? Time, as they so arse~bendingly say, will tell.

Fierce!

The CG was immense. Lurved the PYROVILE. The shots of the eruption and the underground happenings were elbow~shatteringly pleasing to the eye; they felt very new for the show and dazzled with their faux photo~realism. It worked very well not only in the context of the story but also with the non~CG work (ie. everything else). Before I get to the negative, I will briefly mention the nice FAWLTY TOWERS reference that leads nicely into a nod to a classic TOM BAKER story. DAVEY T is chatting about some bird (that's right ladies, actual sexism) called SYBIL and then, recalling MRS FAWLTY's mantra about MANUEL, says of CATHY T; "She's from Barcelona". Earlier on, CAECILIUS bought the TARDIS as a piece of modern art, resonating with JOHN CLEESE's character from CITY OF DEATH who sees the time machine as an objet d'art. Yes, I am a geek.

DAVEY T enjoys a BATMAN~style angle.

Speaking of the 'classic' (remember that doesn't mean it's better) series, it did remind me (in no bad way) visually somewhat of IMAGE OF THE FENDAHL, BRAIN OF MORBIUS and THE PIRATE PLANET. What didn't I like? Well, it would have been interesting (but not necessarily better) if the family had not been saved. Would DONNA have continued to travel with him? It was, however, a nice moment when they were. Hearing PETEY C use the word 'volcano' didn't do it for me (though the etymology is intriguing) and the epilogue featuring the family in Rome was a tad uncalled for. Especially the tablet featuring the duo as the 'Household Gods'. Though I do wonder if that will come back in some way...

Is this story set in stone?

'Til the next time,
C.

PS. CATHY T knocker~shot alert!

Knockers!

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posted by Cameron McEwan at 8:54 pm -
2 Comments:
  • At 1:32 pm, Blogger czechOUT said…

    Yup - I got the City of Death reference straight away.

    What about the Sisterhood of Karn, though?

    ahoj

     
  • At 5:31 pm, Blogger Cameron McEwan said…

    Yah, I did mention BRAIN OF MORBIUS in my review.

    What does 'ahoj' mean?

     
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