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I didn't expect that!

I have to say that of all old-school Doctor Who monsters to return, I really didn't expect the Macra!

I loved this. The traffic jam was neatly claustrophobic, the use of hymn tunes tremendously evocative, and the Doctor having to tell the truth about why he lied to Martha.

Sure, not a lot was made of the Macra other than some impressive CGI imagery, but I suspect they did better this time round than last time.

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pickwick
Apr. 14th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
I liked the Macra :) He's still lying to Martha though, or at least being distinctly sparing with the truth.
blue_condition
Apr. 14th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I liked it a lot; it had charm and some of the best CGI I've ever seen on telly. It was thin on plot but I think it will bear a lot of re-watching. And yes, the Macra are a bit peripheral in the canon ;) (Does a whole episode even survive of The Macra Terror?)
loveandgarbage
Apr. 14th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Such as survives of the Macra is on the Lost in Time DVD box disc 2. No episodes and the clips that survive were those excised by the Australian censors (and contain a little Anneke WIlls and Michael Craze as well). For a time the clips were on the BBC website but they're not there any longer.
drasecretcampus
Apr. 14th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I think this is the first RTD script that's shown him as capable of his pre-Who materials. I've always thought his episodes to be weak links.
mscongeniality
Apr. 15th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
I thought that the Macra made for a decent plot device and a reasonable 'throwback' to earlier continuity at the same time. Hrm. I may have to re-watch this one and come up with actual coherent thoughts because something about the plot for Gridlock impressed me--moreso than other episodes anyway.
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