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Doctor Who last night [Nov. 30th, 2009|09:14 pm]
[Current Location |Invercargill]
[mood |busybusy]

So, last night I got the chance to watch David Tennant's antepenultimate appearance as the Doctor.

Overall the story was a really good hour-long episode. Unfortunately it was an hour and a half long. But there was a really good story in there somewhere.

The really good bits:

The script had some really good tension going once things started happening.

The Ice Warriors got a mention in passing. Not as good as actually seeing the kayaks on legs stomping around the set, but at least we know the production team haven't forgotten about them.

The really not so good bits:

The foreshadowing seemed tacked on as an afterthought; and in a few places the story seemed to drag just so they could pad the time out to an hour and a half.

The ending:

Well, it wasn't quite a cop-out, and we get to see the Doctor in full-blown maniac mode at a couple of points (paraphrased: "I'm the last Time Lord. I don't obey the laws of time. The laws of time obey me!") All the story really needed was a bit of a prune and it could have been quite a bit better than it was. But, overall, it was still good.

[User Picture]From: paradisacorbasi
2009-11-30 12:53 pm (UTC)
I also watched this yesterday. (and you used the word antepenultimate. *sigh* *flutter* *swoon*)

It surprised me that it was just another zombie story when you get down to it, but I liked the way they chose to tell the story. With the Doctor flashing back to the news articles. And Adelaide rocked.

I was not surprised to see that the ending didn't surprise me, but it did surprise the Doctor. And that whole "Time Lord Victorious" thing didn't sit well for me.

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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2009-12-11 10:57 am (UTC)
One advantage of growing up with `fifties light comedy records around the place is that it introduced me to some quite uncommon words (as did my mother's "Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary").

I didn't immediately think of zombies, but I see the similarities... I was more thinking of it as one of the stock classic Doctor Who plots (the "base under siege" type of storyline that was particularly prominent in the late `sixties) updated and given a quick outing.

And that foreshadowing bit could have been done a lot better, even if just done more subtly.
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