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)

Monday, 5 June 2006

Ode to the Ood


After reading previews where the Ood were constantly referred to as vile-looking, I was hoping the Doctor would turn to one of them and say, "You're beautiful, you are" but, unfortunately, he didn't; though, I'm sure Sil would've found their visage pleasing enough! At least they weren't wearing as much eyeliner as Billie Piper!! Here was an opportunity to explore further, definitions of beauty which "Doctor Who" has been flirting with all season; the Doctor recognising it frequently, where others may not. It's easy to say something is ugly without really looking at it properly and, actually, the Ood were quite charming and courteous, until they became possessed, possessed by the devil...

The stranding of the TARDIS crew was handled better in the latest episode, "The Impossible Planet", than it was in "Rise of the Cybermen". Where, in the Cybermen story, the ship's "death" was almost immediately resolved, literally with a glimmer of light, here the craft is lost, following a quake, without any possible means of even future retrieval open to our heroes. The Doctor and Rose look a little out of place on Sanctuary Station, even before they meet the crew, not having made any effort to blend in, as they so often do on their sojourns to the past. It was suggested their arrival was random, however, instead of the recent trend to (usually) choose their destination but I did find myself wishing John Hurt was playing the Doctor for this story!

Instantly assigning the Doctor to laundry duties brought about a wry smile, though, fair dues, he did actually change into a James Bond number for the aforementioned Cyber-outing! Comedy in new "Who", nevertheless, is a mixed bag. The mickey taking, pardon the pun, at the start of "Rise" left a bad taste-in-the-mouth making this viewer feel the Doctor and Rose to be more heartless than any Cyberman. "The Impossible Planet" included a real hackneyed old joke, when the Doctor, preparing for his descent into the bowels of the planet, said to Rose, "See you later", to which she so obviously replied, "Not if I see you first", which I thought the script could've done without. I wonder if the Doctor retained his pinstripe under the spacesuit?!!

I would love a story in which the Doctor and Rose don't actually mention Jackie at all. Also, Rose seems to be getting through an awful lot of mobile phones. Is this what she brought on board in her rucksack/backpack at the start of "New Earth", a supply of cellphones, to hand out to her various boyfriends or throw away when the mood takes, and her make-up bag?!! On the whole, the episode was tautly written, seriously acted and directed, and I can see fandom taking this story to its bosom. Just one more quibble! Did they have to kill off Scooti quite so soon? They did it last year with Suki, though Lynda, with a y, lasted a little longer. Why do I always fall for the minor, doomed, characters? I never got the chance to say, "You're beautiful, you are"!!!

4 comments:

Stewart M. said...

Yeah, to hell with Jackie!

Stuart Douglas said...

I thought it was brilliant - easily the best new Who so far.

Just struck me that there are a few Frontois connections though - evil underground, lost TARDIS, planet of the edge of nowhere...

karensff said...

I really don't mind Jackie all that much. I can see why she is mentioned. In the past companions never really mentioned the families they left behind. Tegan talked about her aunt and Nyssa her father but not much else. I guess they are just trying to bring in human side.

Paul Greaves said...

I loved The Impossible Planet. Easily the best episode since The Empty Child and right up there with some of the best Doctor Who. Pity the rest of the season has been so average. Even The Satan Pit (good as it was) didn't quite live up to the standard set by its first episode. Although, given some of the "I love Rose" dialogue, I suspect tinkering by RTD...