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Doctor Who night [Oct. 26th, 2014|09:26 pm]
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This season of Doctor Who seems to be developing a pattern of playing with reasonably high-concept SF ideas...

Interesting bit of camera work right at the start... showing how a line on the wall, when looked at from a very close angle, is actually the face of someone who just got clobbered...

"Same time you left, same place ... ish."

"The readings are very 'ish'-y."

... Is this "Honey, I Shrunk the TARDIS"?

"Can't you let me enjoy not knowing something?"

"That looks so adorable. Are you in there?"

"Please don't do that. It's just wrong." ... She really should have just said "Thank you, Thing." Assuming they even have repeats of The Addams Family over in Britain in the first place, though...

"A pudding brain. Worse still, a fluorescent pudding brain."

"It's bigger on the inside." "You know, I don't think that statement's ever been truer."

"Congratulations. Lying is a vital survival skill."

"Are we really hiding from killer graffiti? That's insane." "I agree. I have to find a better name for them."

"We're not going to call it a de-flattener!"

"You know, you move the TARDIS? Like the Addams Family?" ... Yes, they must have.

That whole scene with the deadman switch and the headband...

The TARDIS in siege mode looks like suspiciously like one of those mystery cubes from a couple of years ago ... I wonder if it can be programmed to play the Chicken Dance.

"The man that stops the monsters!"

"You are not welcome here. This. Plane. Is. Protected!"

"You were an exceptional Doctor, Clara. Goodness has nothing to do with it."

This was fairly well done overall, putting a rather Doctor Who spin on the SF concept of two-dimensional life. I wonder how much they spent on CGI which ended up looking rather like 1980s-style rotoscoping...
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[User Picture]From: foenix
2014-10-26 11:17 pm (UTC)
This is my favourite episode of the season so far. It had a great idea, Clara was central, loved her 'being' the Doctor. Both just lying about it, but then actually having to shoulder that burden (And not quite getting she had a burden to shoulder at the end there...) and the Doctor's triumphant return speech was a moment that REALLY solidified Capaldi as the Doctor for me.

Also, I nearby died laughing at the epic music they found for the Doctor hermit crabbing the TARDIS to safety.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2014-11-02 08:20 am (UTC)
Yes, that scene fairly much needs to be in a list of "The Doctor's Ten Most Embarrassing Moments"...
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[User Picture]From: aeb
2014-10-27 07:47 am (UTC)
I caught the Addams Family in reruns. They were fun. Now I'm trying to imagine fitting them into this show. I think this is one of those things that just has to be seen. {wink, Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2014-11-02 08:28 am (UTC)
I got to see the re-runs here as well. For all their essential weirdness they always struck me as having one of the healthiest family dynamics in 1960s TV.

The scene in question, though... the TARDIS's disguise (the police telephone box) had been shunk down to about the size of a shoebox. The Doctor, inside it, was all right - it was only the door from inside the TARDIS that had shrunk down - but he couldn't get out. And the TARDIS absolutely needed to be moved. So - after Clara's suggestion that he emulate the Addams Family - his hand stretched out of the door, managed to flip the TARDIS flat on its face, so he could push his hand out and skitter the TARDIS out of danger, a bit like Thing from the Addams Family would if it had got stuck in the same situation - or, as Foenix mentioned, like a hermit crab.
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