|I've said it before and I'll say it again; FEROSH!
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.
was immense. Lurved
. 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)
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
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
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