|Happy Easter indeed!
|Bloody women drivers!
Before I go on about how bottom~achingly
life~assuring it is to have Doctor Who
back on telly, I'll just start by stating how weird it is hearing Noel "Mickey" Clarke
narrating Doctor Who Confidential
- nice touch! Also, before I continue, you can see the "Next Time" trailer for the second special, The Waters Of Mars
. And so to Planet of the Dead
, the first Easter special in the history of TV Who
. Oh, hold on - SPOILER
alert. If you haven't seen this episode then do not read on - you have been warned.
Davey T realises that, despite what some say, this is NOT the 200th story
As regular SoTV~ers know, I dispensed with wearing trousers whilst watching the world's greatest television show some time ago (thank you Cathy T!) and my dry~cleaner will be rueing that decision again as Michelle "She's Been To Hollywood, Don'tcha Know" Ryan skimps onto screen with what can only be called trouser~tightening alertness. Wasn't too sure about her, having seen Ryan in Bionic Woman (barely made it through one episode), Merlin (likewise) and Easties but the Rye~Rye (as I will now call her) does a sterling job here performing an almost Romana~esque role (a naughty one too!) as the 'companion.'
Now, where's Mos Eisley?
Tennant, as always, was never less than tops in a role that is gonna have grown men reaching for their hankies (not like that!) at the end of the year. Like The Next Doctor, he's bright whilst bringing warmth and great humour with every flick of his dreamy eyes *coughs*, I mean sonic... Moving on, Noma Dumezweni returned as Captain Magambo and her performance is a worthy addition to the role~call of UNIT characters though she has become much more fleshed out than the one we saw in last year's heartbreaking Turn Left (though was that really her? Erm, probably not.). The moment when she points a gun at Malcolm (more of him to come) was a little unsettling (and I don't mean that in any pejorative sense) and I did think, for a mo, that the little guy was gonna take a lad in the face. Sorry, that sounds a bit rude, I meant to say "load in the face"...
Now, this Georgia Moffett that people speak of... Malcolm
was played by Lee Evans
and, whether you like him or not, that is undoubtedly a stone~cold
fact. Still not too sure about his role but when he told The Doc that he loved him, well, I lurved
him for that. Also featuring in the 'not sure' department' were the Tritovores
. Like the beetle in the aforementioned Turn Left
, their mandables did seem a bit plastic~y
and their 'hands' (kind of like hooves) should have been hidden a bit more. Having said that, I found them hugely engaging and was genuinely miffed that they didn't make it back to Earth with the bus~gang.
Won't somebody please think of the children???That
bus. That brilliant bus that looked so flippin'
good for the majority of the story but was rendered slightly redundant when CGI'd during the finale. A flying bus I can handle, but one that looked so poor?
That I cannot
handle. Likewise the flying beasties (whom I shall now rename "The Bighties") were not realised to the normal standard that I have become used to in Who
. Disappointing - but, as with the Tritovores, this didn't impair my enjoyment (though the bus really
Damn, Cam says he doesn't like the flying bus!
The desert, however, looked supreme and the direction was cinematic in the extreme - top marks to James Strong
. His work throughout made my brain tickle itself with joy. Similarly, RTD
and Gareth Roberts
delivered a most enjoyable and laughworthy
script - "Happy Easter," in particular, made me titter with gurlish
delight. It's also worth remarking that Planet of the Dead
had a very different feel to it, though the triumphant (and, it has to be said, cheesy) ending was right out of the RTD
How come fly creatures have those ear~pieces?
So, all in, some real good moments and set pieces slightly spoiled by sub~standard CGI and a flying bus. I won't get into the 'science' of it (what's the point? He's flying in time and space in a wooden box for eff's sake!)
but exactly why
couldn't UNIT figure out a way to send something through the Star~Gate
, sorry, I mean worm~hole
) to get the bus through? Just asking. The big question is (for me anyway), will Rye~Rye be back? No objections from me, though Mrs Stuff~On~TV may have something to say about it...
My song is ending? Don't you know I'm joining The Proclaimers?
'Til the next time,
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