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, 26 June 2006

Stuck in the middle with "Who"!


"Fear Her" was another story with a paper-thin plot just when the series ought to be toughening up if we're really about to face an "Army of Ghosts" resulting in "Doomsday". There were some nice ideas in the episode, such as the scribble monster, but when the thing you remember most is the multi-layered joke about parking the TARDIS, rather than any psychological fear, then there is a need to scribble a different script. This was already a different script, however, as episode eleven was originally the slot intended for Stephen Fry. His story was postponed until next year but now doesn't have the time to contribute. It occurred to me, the day after transmission, that maybe what I found momentarily funny on Saturday evening might contain some metaphorical truth about the series itself. The TARDIS is stuck on Earth, the Doctor can't get out/away so he needs to do a ninety degree turn... just like the programme.

The story borrowed from all over the place. "Survival", Sylvester McCoy's swan song, figured prominently at the beginning with a supposedly typical street, though it was too busy to be believable, unearthing mysterious disappearances of its youthful inhabitants and even featured a real, rather than animatronic, moggy! The cat was revealed to have been a bit of a diva in "Doctor Who Confidential" afterwards. Maybe they should've bought some tins of Whiskas like good ol' Sly back in 1989! With Chloe seemingly capturing individuals in her drawings, the obvious influence on "Fear Her" is the children's novel "Marianne Dreams" by Catherine Storr. The motivation of the aliens, in this episode, bore more than a passing resemblance to the ambition of the Gelth in "The Unquiet Dead", as well; as the number of individuals imprisoned in the artwork escalates, initially, to a stadium crowd, with a final desire to seize the entire population of the planet.

It was all just a little dull, however, and when "Confidential" talked about the fear factor in "Doctor Who", illustrating it with clips from the classic series, it only served to make "Fear Her" feel even weaker. Hartnell, looking totally dishevelled and distraught, and frantic to return to his ship at the climax of the original "Doctor Who" story, takes some beating. And, Russell T Davies, during the discussion, getting the name of my all-time favourite story wrong doesn't endear me to him either. It's called "Fury FROM the Deep", Mr Executive Producer and Chief Scribbler!!! Finally, I think it even less likely that Shayne Ward will still be in the public eye in the year 2012, never mind have a Greatest Hits album as the poster in the above picture indicates, than a planet can orbit a black hole!

5 comments:

Stuart Douglas said...

I missed Confidential but the point's right - there has been simply nothing even approaching the level of menace in much of the early Hartnell's in the new series. My son's hardly the bravest kid in the world but, being creeped out by the gasmasks in the Empty Child aside, there's not been a single scary thing for him in the entirety of the last two seasons.

karensff said...

I thought it only slightly better than last weeks episode. They actually remind me of what those in the fanfic world call fluff. Just little soft stories until the next big story. Next weeks story is the big one and it felt like they are just trying to fill in the space until then.

Karen

karensff said...

Hi,

I hope everything is okay. I am looking forward to hearing your opinion on the last two episodes and on the new companion.

Karenxxx

Stewart M. said...

Looks like the new Who was so bad it made you stop blogging about it. ) - :

Stuart Douglas said...

Yeah - come on Tim, say something.

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