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Visit the official Doctor Who website
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Asylum seekers...
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Doctor Who picture resource
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Explore the Doctor Who classic series website
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Infiltrate The Hub of Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood
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Investigate The Sarah Jane Adventures
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Call on Dani’s House
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Intercept the UFO fabsite
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Uncover the secrets of the Dollhouse
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Hell’s belles
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Love Exposure
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Primeval portal
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Charmed, to be sure!
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Take on t.A.T.u.
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Proceed to the Luther website

Proceed to the Luther website
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DCI Banks is on the case
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On The Grid with Spooks
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Life on Ashes To Ashes
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Claire’s no Exile
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Vexed is back on the beat!
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Medium, both super and natural
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Who’s that girl? (350-picture Slideshow)

Monday, 19 June 2006

Absorbing Stuff?


With the Doctor and Rose virtually written out of "Love & Monsters", a strong cast was needed to take centre stage to effectively replace them for a week. Facially similar to Malcolm McDowell, Marc Warren took the lead as Elton Pope, an actor who'd probably make a better job of playing the Doctor than David Tennant, to be honest. He was terrific as PC Dougie Raymond in the first season and a half of "The Vice", alongside Ken Stott, and is now perhaps best known as con man Danny Blue whom he has played for the last three years in "Hustle". Shirley Henderson appeared as his sidekick, Ursula Blake, whom I best remember from the third and final season of the French-resistance drama "Wish me Luck" in which she played ill-fated Sylvie, executed by the Nazis after the war was declared over.

To complete the line-up a villain was needed and cast as Victor Kennedy was comedian Peter Kay, best known to television viewers for multiple roles in the two seasons of sitcom "Phoenix Nights" and its less successful spin-off "Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere". Victor is not what he seems, however, when it transpires he is distantly related to the Slitheen family preferring to go by the name of Abzorbaloff. The monster was created by nine-year-old William Grantham for a 'Design a "Doctor Who" monster' competition held by children's magazine programme "Blue Peter" last year, and his winning artwork is reproduced above. I think the design team did the boy proud. It was a pleasure to witness his excitement in "Doctor Who Confidential", immediately after episode 10 aired, on meeting the Bolton comic in costume.

Taking the target audience into consideration, RTD's script could've been a little more appropriate for family viewing. I'm not talking about the fart gag. Tedious though it is, I'm sure children everywhere will love that element as much as seeing Mr Blobby chasing Elton (thank God he wasn't called Cliff!) through the back streets of Cardiff. But, was it really necessary for Jackie to try and seduce the Pope by flashing her underwear in his direction in the launderette? One is left wondering if, like the TARDIS, her knickers are bigger on the inside (apologies to the more sensitive reader)! There was also reference made to the size of Camille Coduri's chest and worse at the climax of the story, in relation to Elton and Ursula's love life now that Miss Blake is reduced to a head in a paving stone!! You might say "Doctor Who" has reached rock bottom!!!

2 comments:

karensff said...

I have to say that it wasn't the best episode so far. The ending was a bit ridiculous for a start. I got the feeling that the basic story outline had been written by a child. I know a child designed the Absorbaloff as part of a competition. Jackie trying to seduce Elton seemed a little out of character even for her.

Stuart Douglas said...

I think you have apoint about Marc Warren - I too suspect he'd make a better Doctor than Tennant. Taht said, I enjoyed this one which makes three good ones in a row, even if L&M is hardly the world's most original idea for an 'unuusual' episode.

And yes, the final joke did seem oddly out of place, especially given that the other gags in the episode were based on Scooby Doo style running and farting. RTD justy can't do jokes, IMO.

I did however like the very explicit way that the ending showed this Doctor as prone to not really getting there in time, with both Elton's Mum and the LINDA team. Given that in each case he managed to save someone might this explain his 'no second chances' mantra to the baddies?