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Stuck in the sodding time vortex again

#Classic Who

Some brief thoughts on Classic Who »

I finished Frontier in Space, then watched Planet of the Daleks, and Shada. I have some things to say about the first two. I may get to Shada later though it was only a partially shot serial — still, it had Four and Romana and had several lovely bits. Oh — and Professor Chronotis was a dear. Oh what, another Time Lord that isn’t evil? Unpossible!

Painted cardboard and cheap special effects

I’ve got a new computer, so to ease myself back into Who-land, I’ve been watching some classic episodes. Already watched: Enlightenment (a Fifth Doctor serial) and Image of the Fendahl (one with Four). Reviews coming soon.

The Doctor : It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it ‘cause everything looks like it’s standin’ still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re fallin’ through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go… That’s who I am.DOCTOR WHO. Season 1, episode 1.« ROSE »
Readers of this blogling should know by now that I’m not fan of Rose — though I actually enjoyed her more as Nine’s companion than Ten’s (I think the Eccleston Doctor’s characterization just fit hers better). I’m just highlighting this passage as an example of the Big Dumb Speeches Davies kept putting into the mouths of his characters. It wasn’t that they were always out of character — spouting off is one of the Doctor’s talents (and weapons); it was that so often the ones Davies came up with seemed to have been intended to make you feel like the character was saying Significantly Mysterious Revelations of Eternal Import without actually conveying any information whatsoever.
The problem is Davies does not seem to be capable of writing about Significantly Mysterious Revelations of Eternal Import. I’m not sure why, whether it’s because he has no belief in any mystery of life as such or his writing talent just can’t encompass the subject — it could be anything. I’m not his writing coach or therapist. But here’s how I see it: he’s best at one-on-one scenes between two characters just talking to each other (for example, the scenes between the Doctor and Wilf in The End Of Time). Some of his comedy scenes are funny (others are just tastelessly juvenile — the farting aliens from Raxacoricoreallylongstupidname, for example, were a funny concept… not actually ever). But his dramatic stuff often fell flat; having your actor shout your words at top volume doesn’t disguise their pompous emptiness.
By the way, the above-quoted speech is just a long, wordy repeat of what the Fourth Doctor already said to Romana in City of Death: about being Time Lords, he said “We walk in eternity.” That’s it. He didn’t need to say a bunch of gibberish about planets spinning and stuff.
The Doctor : It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it ‘cause everything looks like it’s standin’ still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re fallin’ through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go… That’s who I am.

DOCTOR WHO. Season 1, episode 1.
« ROSE »

Readers of this blogling should know by now that I’m not fan of Rose — though I actually enjoyed her more as Nine’s companion than Ten’s (I think the Eccleston Doctor’s characterization just fit hers better). I’m just highlighting this passage as an example of the Big Dumb Speeches Davies kept putting into the mouths of his characters. It wasn’t that they were always out of character — spouting off is one of the Doctor’s talents (and weapons); it was that so often the ones Davies came up with seemed to have been intended to make you feel like the character was saying Significantly Mysterious Revelations of Eternal Import without actually conveying any information whatsoever.

The problem is Davies does not seem to be capable of writing about Significantly Mysterious Revelations of Eternal Import. I’m not sure why, whether it’s because he has no belief in any mystery of life as such or his writing talent just can’t encompass the subject — it could be anything. I’m not his writing coach or therapist. But here’s how I see it: he’s best at one-on-one scenes between two characters just talking to each other (for example, the scenes between the Doctor and Wilf in The End Of Time). Some of his comedy scenes are funny (others are just tastelessly juvenile — the farting aliens from Raxacoricoreallylongstupidname, for example, were a funny concept… not actually ever). But his dramatic stuff often fell flat; having your actor shout your words at top volume doesn’t disguise their pompous emptiness.

By the way, the above-quoted speech is just a long, wordy repeat of what the Fourth Doctor already said to Romana in City of Death: about being Time Lords, he said “We walk in eternity.” That’s it. He didn’t need to say a bunch of gibberish about planets spinning and stuff.

aikainkauna:

astudyinawesome:

Hug tiem?

Looks more like “And now you bend over the console and spread your legs like this and I promise it won’t hurt…”

[photogeek] I like how this shot is arranged in such a way that the top of the hat stand is behind Turlough’s head and almost makes him look like he has devil horns. I wonder if that shot was deliberate or accidental. Knowing the Old Who filming methods and budget, it was probably accidental. Still, it’s a great image, especially if you know about Turlough’s, er, troubled character arc. [/photogeek]

aikainkauna:

astudyinawesome:

Hug tiem?

Looks more like “And now you bend over the console and spread your legs like this and I promise it won’t hurt…”

[photogeek] I like how this shot is arranged in such a way that the top of the hat stand is behind Turlough’s head and almost makes him look like he has devil horns. I wonder if that shot was deliberate or accidental. Knowing the Old Who filming methods and budget, it was probably accidental. Still, it’s a great image, especially if you know about Turlough’s, er, troubled character arc. [/photogeek]

aikainkauna:

astudyinawesome:

Trailer for “Mara Tales”.

OMFG! FUCK YES! Kinda is finally coming out on DVD?!?!? I was thinking it was only taking so long because the fanboys were waiting to get their CGI snake, and it seems I was right. Who gives a fuck about the crap snake; it’s a fantastic story! And about as dark and as grown-up as Who gets, which is always a bonus.

Reblogged for good news. I need to renew my Netflix account/investigate prices of Who dvds/make moar money — hey! It is Christmas isn’t it?