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REVIEW Day of the Daleks

Posted by goldenplum on August 23, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

From Tea with Morbius -

 

What I love most about this story is just how similar it is to the Terminator films. Rebels going back in time to prevent nightmare future and evil robots trying to stop them. I'd definitely rather watch Day of the Daleks and I think this serial is actually more believable than the Terminator movies. The idea of machines taking over the world is nonsense. Computers don't have minds. A robot, no matter how advanced is no more likely to take over the world than an electric kettle.

 

On the other hand, while the superficial Terminator similarity is fun, one is painfully aware that not everything is great about this story. For everything that is good about it, there is something that is not so great. It is very much in the middle rank of Doctor Who stories.

Most obviously, the use of the Daleks is not so great. The story was not originally intended to be a Dalek story, but a decision was made at a late stage to write them in. It has been a few years since the Daleks had been used in Doctor Who and the story does not quite seem able to get them right. Their voices are off and they lack menace. We are also denied a scene in which Dr. Who confronts the Daleks. Admittedly, this might be for the better. Pertwee was not the strongest actor to play the Doctor and he felt awkward interacting with the Daleks. It is hard to imagine Pertwee doing an job of confronting the Daleks. The final battle between UNIT and the Daleks is simply awful to watch. Few fights in Doctor Who have been as disappointing.

 

There are also a few problems with the plot. The whole time travel plot makes little sense. It also seems bizarre that the rebels would blame Reginald Styles for the explosion and not a terrorist group. Was terrorism not the problem that it was for us in the Doctor Who universe?

The Ogrons are an interesting addition as allies of the Daleks, but it is hard not to be uncomfortable with the Doctor dropping his usual pacifist stance and shooting down Ogrons. It's presumed okay to kill them because they are a big, stupid and dark-skinned.


 

What is great about the story is the moral complexity. The Controller is a villain with genuine reasons for being a villain and is quite understandable. The rebels on the other hand, come across as pretty thuggish. I imagine being right-wing and pro-establishment, I would easily be taken in by the Controller's lies just like Jo.

This is also a serial in which Pertwee is at his best. While he does not get to confront the Daleks, he does have so many brilliant scenes, such as his argument with the Controller and his weary, exhausted interrogation. I'm not much of a Pertwee fan, but in this story, we really see him at his best.

 

Day of the Daleks is a story with some bold ideas and a radically different approach, even if its execution seems a little poor at times.

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Dragon

Posted by goldenplum on August 19, 2015 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

From the I like Dr.Who Project - Why I like the Shrivenzale


..from “the Ribos Operation.” The dominant civilization on Ribos has the distinct (and delicious) flavor of medieval Russia. Resplendent furred hats, cool lamplighting ceremonies - the bad guys are even designed after the Evil Teutons in Alexander Nevsky. And no medieval treasure room, Russian or otherwise, would be complete unless guarded by a dragon.


.The Shrivenzale is for all purposes a dragon - it’s green, toothsome, and guards a hoard. Not its own hoard, but what can you do? It is an animal-style dragon, not the so-called Man-Dragon of Beowulf and Beowulf derivatives (eg the Hobbit), high medieval rather than eddaic. And this is fine; “the Ribos Operation” has more than enough villains as it is - a good old-fashioned monster is a nice switch up. (Robert Holmes seems to be good at this. Compare the Magma Beast from “the Caves of Androzani).

What I like about the Shrivenzale, apart of course from the automatic appeal of IT’S A MEDIEVAL RUSSIAN ALIEN SPACE DRAGON, is that it is otherwise wholly unremarkable. The Shrivenzale is just another part of the daily routine. At night after locking up you raise the gate so it can patrol the treasure room, in the morning you blow the horn so it comes back to its pen to be fed, allowing you to lower the gates again. Operant conditioning at its absolute most basic. I also really love that horn call. This episode has some of the most top-notch world building in the entire show, and the Shrivenzale is part of that - just your work-a-day treasure-guarding dragon.


What is it like to be Davros?

Posted by goldenplum on May 18, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Doctor Who star terry Molloy talks about playing the sinister leader of the Daleks Davros in the long running and beloved science fiction series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWnH2XksZVo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Please click here ti view the video.



Know Your Cybermen

Posted by goldenplum on May 2, 2015 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

From Tardis Musings -  The Wheel In Space - The faces are different - the eyes and mouth no longer having the silvered flashing around them. Added to the eyes are "tear-drops" - presumably oil-ducts. There is a similar notch added to the lower lip. The mouth no longer has the opening / closing hatch when they speak. The actual bodies are now more steam-lined. The previous version had a rather baggy appearance, whereas now it is like a silvered wetsuit. The chest unit is now inverted, and the piping which runs along the limbs is thinner, with less prominent joints. Their finger tips have thimble-like covers.

One reason for the use of wetsuits for the Cyberman bodies was that the previous design tore easily. If you watch Tomb, you will see that one of the Cybermen has a noticeable tear under the arm pit.

And the tear-drops were added to give the poor actors a bit more ventilation inside the helmets.



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