Visit the official Doctor Who website

Visit the official Doctor Who website
Look to the future

Asylum seekers...

Asylum seekers...
Refuge of the Daleks

Doctor Who picture resource

Doctor Who picture resource
Roam the space lanes!

Explore the Doctor Who classic series website

Explore the Doctor Who classic series website
Step back in time

Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood

Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood
Armed and extremely dangerous

Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures

Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures
Fearless in the face of adversity

Call on Dani’s House

Call on Dani’s House
Harmer’s a charmer

Intercept the UFO fabsite

Intercept the UFO fabsite
Defending the Earth against alien invaders!

Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse

Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse
Programmable agent Echo exposed!

Hell’s belles

Hell’s belles
Naughty but nice

Love Exposure

Love Exposure
Flash photography!

Primeval portal

Primeval portal
Dressed to kill or damsels in distress?

Charmed, to be sure!

Charmed, to be sure!
The witches of San Francisco

Take on t.A.T.u.

Take on t.A.T.u.
All the way from Moscow

Proceed to the Luther website

Proceed to the Luther website
John and Jenny discuss their next move

DCI Banks is on the case

DCI Banks is on the case
You can bet on it!

On The Grid with Spooks

On The Grid with Spooks
Secret agents of Section D

Bridge to Hustle

Bridge to Hustle
Shady characters

Life on Ashes To Ashes

Life on Ashes To Ashes
Coppers with a chequered past

Claire’s no Exile

Claire’s no Exile
Goose steps

Vexed is back on the beat!

Vexed is back on the beat!
Mismatched DI Armstrong and bright fast-tracker Georgina Dixon

Medium, both super and natural

Medium, both super and natural
Open the door to your dreams

Who’s that girl? (350-picture Slideshow)

Sunday, 27 February 2005

Return of the (virtually) indestructible hero in Hypermarionation!


Gerry Anderson's "New Captain Scarlet" began its 26 episode run on the morning of Saturday 12 February 2005 on CITV although, to be honest, I wish it wasn't part of "Ministry of Mayhem"! Why are ITV afraid to try for a bigger audience late afternoon/early evening? Also, in "MOM", the gap between the two halves of the first episode was much longer than a regular commercial break would be!

I'd like to know the thinking behind changing Lt. Green from male to female especially as there are already five female characters in the shape of the Angels although, of the five, we only meet Destiny in the first episode. The suggestion is that, like Councillor Troi when "Star Trek: The Next Generation" began, she is the character through which the emotional content of an episode will be channelled.

I'm also curious about the change of name from Cloudbase to Skybase? That aside, it moved at a furious pace and, in so-doing, lost the luxuriously sedate menace of the 1967 original. The Supermarionation version was much aided by Barry Gray's music whereas the score for the new CGI series meanders rather nondescriptly, instantly forgotten. I wonder what the closing credits are like? We weren't given the chance to see or even hear them on CITV!

There was much to recommend the new show. Particularly impressive were the Angel Interceptor flight sequences and Captain Black's resurrection, fist through the coffin lid! Coming across as a vampire-like figure with his great coat swirling behind him reminded me of "Blade Runner" although audiences with shorter memories are more likely to associate it with Spike from "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer"!

What would be nice is for younger viewers to want to discover the beauty of the original puppet series which, for all its woodenness, still felt three dimensional; something you just don't seem to get from computer generated material. Even so, I enjoyed it and will stay with the series both now and when it returns later in the year...

2 comments:

karensff said...

Hi,

Thanks for your comments. I have to admit that I haven't kept up to date with what's going on with the new Doctor Who series. I only realised there was going to be a Doctor Who confidential a few days ago. I quite like the new logos. I also haven't been paying much attention to the plot lines but that has more to do with the fact that I like to wait until I watch it. All I know is that the first one involves the Autons (sp?) and that the Daleks are comming back. You have me intrigued though with the mention of Dickens.

I was writing a Doctor Who story. More for fun than anything else. I have about five chapters done but haven't touched it in months. I've been busy with a promotion and I'm studying from home so a lot of my time is being taken up with those now. I think when I go back to writing though it will be to my own fiction.

I didn't realise that there is a new series of Captain Scarlet. I'll have to look out for it. Shows you how out of touch I have been.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I love this show !