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Evolution of the Daleks instant reaction

I think the idea of the hybrid Dalek is crazy but the execution is good.

The rather nice moment of Sec picking up the radio.

The doubting Daleks.

Dalek attack on the camp is a bit half-hearted...

Solomon tries to talk to the Daleks. Bet they kill him.

Yep.

blue_condition has just put a comment on an earlier post saying that this episode has already started badly. Indeed, and not just because this storyline was already done in 1967.

Martha left behind by the Doctor in Hooverville as companions always are. To show her dismayed expression the camera tracks up from her cleavage. Slowly.

But she's very clever, and while the Doctor is engaging in pointless banter with the Daleks, she is working out what is in the sewers.

My wife sniggers scornfully at the reference to gamma radiation.

Crumbs, Davros was wrong? Dalek Sec has decided to undo the mutation? (I preferred The Mutant Phase's take.)

Daleks ask the Doctor to take them to a better place, and he agrees!!!

"If aliens had to come to earth, no wonder they came here!" Of course these days it would be San Francisco.

Doctor has his glasses on again.

Tallulah and Martha on the Doctor and love, etc.

"The line feeds are ready." (Aren't line feeds old-fashioned computer printers?)

Oh, very Frankenstein! The solar flare rather than lightning of course, but still...

Now the Daleks are rebelling. This is being done much better than the Dalek conflict in Resurrection of the Daleks. Also of course my sympathies are very much with the anti-Sec faction.

"First floor, perfumery" - ah, Rocky Horror nostalgia.

(How is the solar flare going to make much difference at night time?)

Poor old Laszlo. Obviously doomed, but it solves the problem of how he and Tallulah can get together again; they won't because he will be dead.

Whoops, dropped the sonic screwdriver!

Really great shot of the lightning strike!

Martha's remorse, and Laszlo's reassurance, nicely done.

Dalek army of humans awakes... Despite getting electrocuted the Doctor failed.

The Daleks have not got out of the habit of imprisoning captives in their control room, first seen in Dalek Invasion of Earth.

The silent dalek hybrid army and Carmina Burana style music - very effective.

"If you choose death and destruction, death and destruction will choose you" - a good line, must mean he is about to die.

Yep.

Hah, the radiation passing through the Doctor's body obviously is enough to save the day.

So are these people going to be a new generation of Time Lords then?

Hah, Daleks killed by their own creation.

But they had a way of killing them off. No new Time Lords then.

"Just one." Dalek Caan is the last one left. Will he get away?

Yep.

Laszlo is doomed. Or is he? Hah, the Doctor is not completely useless. Indeed, "The Doctor is in." Well, that's a plot twist I didn't expect.

Back at the Statue of Liberty. "There's someone for everyone." "Maybe." Awww.

I see we're back in Martha's home period next week. Will be better, I expect. This wasn't as bad as last week's, but the two-parter was the weakest story so far this year.

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blue_condition
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
> Carmina Burana style music - very effective.

To quote Nöel Coward - "Extraordinary how potent cheap music is". And boy was it cheap.

I'm not a fan of huge operatic swelling soundtracks. Truly great drama doesn't need a gigantic soundtrack to tell you it's dramatic. The dialogue and performances and direction should be able to carry it on their own.

> So are these people going to be a new generation of Time Lords then?

A generation of Hooverville dwellers with Doctor DNA would certainly be a very different race of Timelords to the elderly camp Oxbridge types who made up the 'classic' race. ;)

> "If you choose death and destruction, death and destruction will choose you"

Yes. Great line.
birdsflying
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
My overall reaction to this two parter is a resounding Meh. Yaaaaawn.

Was it actually Caan, rather than Khan? 'cause that's a pity. It removes the ability for the doctor to yell KHAAAAAAN! :g:
nwhyte
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm going by the subtitles, which (I hope) were authoritatively done by pickwick.
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blue_condition
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
> not just because this storyline was already done in 1967.


Yerrrrs. That Human Factor.... ;)
uitlander
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
First Floor perfumery
... and I just thought RTD was throwing in a Grace Brothers reference for the hell of it.

Martha was good though, an assistant who can think, and does so.
nwhyte
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Re: First Floor perfumery
Yeah, you're probably right about the Grace Brothers reference; but I have spent more time in my life watching the Rocky Horror than Are You being Served!
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strange_complex
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
The solar flare rather than lightning of course, but still

Only then, it was represented as lightning after all, because that's easier to show visually... I thought that was kinda lazy and ill-thought-out really.
pickwick
Apr. 28th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
It actually managed to confuse me about whether it was lightning or a solar flare or both of them just happening to strike at the same time...
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lonemagpie
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
"First floor, perfumery" - ah, Rocky Horror nostalgia.

Um, Are You Being Served, surely?
matgb
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
As I await the opportunity to watch it, and rewatch last weeks instead...

To show her dismayed expression the camera tracks up from her cleavage. Slowly.

You say this like it's a bad thing...
nwhyte
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh no, not at all!!!
pigeonhed
Apr. 28th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Once upon a time absorbing a load of 'gammon' radiation would have meant the Doctor regenerated, now its just ham acting. *g*
lostcarpark
Apr. 28th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm obviously in the minority for thinking this was brilliant!
pikiethatcher
Apr. 29th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
No, I thought it was great too.

More wonderful is watching my 6 yr old enjoy it, find 'his' Doctor and become a buff in the making.

Half my joy is knowing it'll define my child's attitude to SciFi 30 years after it did the same for me.

Hopefully drugs and a new Philip K. don't give him the second enlightenment I got.
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xnamkrad
Apr. 28th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Ah - the speech by Soloman. I was expecting to see a little red haired girl run out and burst out singings 'The sun will come out tomorrow'
tanngrisnir
May. 4th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
"First floor, perfumery" - ah, Rocky Horror nostalgia.

I thought it was a reference to Are You Being Served Wasn't that part of a line from the theme? [In my defence, I was very young when it was on TV and didn't decide what the family watched!!]
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