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Doctor Who 3.05 Evolution of the Daleks

Meh. So meh I can barely be bothered posting about it. Which seems to be catching - there are only two posts on doctorwho about it just now, including the official poll/ reaction post. But I will post anyway, because I want reviews of the whole season - mostly because I wish I had records of my reactions to Season One.

Oh, I see ShoutyDoctor is back. Great. I was enjoying his vacation. Seriously, some of the time tonight I could see why he was shouting, but at other times it seemed a very odd choice to shout particular lines instead of, you know, saying them. Or even hissing them menacingly, if he really must. Mind you, everyone seemed off tonight. I even got annoyed with Martha - too many of her lines seemed unnatural, and she seemed to have lost most of her intelligence. Tallulah was dodgy for the first 15 mins or so, though she mostly improved later on. And was it the same guy playing Dalek Sec as played Diagonas? Because I thought Diagonas was quite good, but Dalek Sec was dreadful. Which was kind of a problem for the episode.

How many times did we see the Sonic Screwdriver tonight? About six? And could we stop pretending the damn screwdriver is in peril? I don't think ANYONE's that emotionally attached to it. I was amused that the Doctor screwed up (and that was entirely unintentional *smacks head*) the one time he actually tried to unscrew something with it.

It looked great, mostly. The Daleks' laboratory was good, and the reveal of the bodies when all the lights switched on was effective. I don't think you can have lots of humans stored together these days without being reminiscent of the Matrix, so I won't hold that against it. NY at night was lovely.

I quite liked the idea of the Dalek/ Doctor hybrid, putting aside all the scientific problems with what happened, of which there are about a zillion, so I'll just pretend we were in a parallel universe with completely different natural laws. But they couldn't keep them around in 1931 without totally mucking up, um, history, so I can see why they have to die. And I'm kind of a fan of big body counts, occasionally. Their staggering around head-clutching was very like the Cybermen's, though. As was their marching in step. Is this a clue?! Or just lack of ideas? And were all 1,000 of them called to the theatre by the Doctor's sonicness? If so, where were the other 980 of them hiding - in the wings? And what's going to happen to all the bodies?

I'll refrain from mentioning Rose, and hope that the scriptwriters start to follow my example soon.

The Doctor utterly abandoned Martha and the others to go and de-Dalek the Dalekarium, leaving them to be fried by Daleks/ ripped apart by pig men. Which I suppose means he's still obsessed with the Daleks. It's a good thing they're not equally obsessed with him, and just sent a few thick pig slaves after him and then FORGOT ABOUT HIM. FFS. But I was impressed with Martha and Frank's lightning conductor thingy. Though I could have done without the solar flare/ lightning confusion, frankly.

I wish they'd let Lazlo die too, or else had the Doctor use the genetics lab to re-human him. Using a face from one of the TimeDalekPeople, if necessary. It's a Love & Monsters type happy ending where...it's really not going to be happy for long, now, is it? (Hmm, and "love and monsters" is kind of appropriate.)

And there's still one Dalek left. To be honest, while the escape was dull, I'm glad they did it, because we all know the Daleks are always going to be coming back. Trying to convince us again that they're all gone would just have annoyed me.

I got SFX today and it has a Doctor Who sticker album. I'm going to be strong and not collect the stickers. (I bought it for the Heroes article rather than the Doctor Who one...)



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Apr. 28th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
I think the distinct lack of reaction posts say more about people's thoughts/opinions about it than actual reaction posts.

Uh, yeah, Rose. AWOL, but never forgotten. In the words of Matt Lucus's Toad of Toad Hall: "Never ever ever ever ever ever ever..."
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I still have hopes that by season 4 we might not hear about her. Or season 5, maybe. Except for the finale.
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yes. We will hear nothing about Rose in the whole of season five, and then the title of the season finale will be "THE BAD WOLF RETURNS", in which the Doctor gets stuck with some Daleks Cybermen and the only way Martha can kill them is to open up the TARDIS engines and...whoa, deja vu.

(BTW quote on your icon = win.)
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Heh. It would be funny if I thought it was unlikely :S

Pratchett quotes FTW!
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Heh. It would be funny if I thought it was unlikely :S

That's the sad thing about it. ):

Oh well. Rusty might be leaving and if Rose ever does come back it will be in a crappy American movie with Hugh Jackman, so who cares lol. NOT IN OUR FANDOM. NIMBY's will become NIOFs. Which is French for..."No More Mary-Sues".
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Heh :D
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
You make a good point about the other human Daleks. I guess wherever they were during the theatre showdown, we can assume they were all killed when the surviving Daleks decided they were a failure. But yeah - the NY authorities will have a bit of a puzzle in the morning...
Apr. 28th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I just had an image of the subway people finding every station full of bodies in the morning.
Apr. 28th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
the reveal of the bodies when all the lights switched on was effective. I don't think you can have lots of humans stored together these days without being reminiscent of the Matrix, so I won't hold that against it.

I was thinking "Coma" but then I think "The Matrix" is tripe so I wouldn't have made a connection there.
Apr. 29th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, someone on doctorwho linked me to a photo of Coma, and that's much closer than the Matrix. Never seen it, though.
Apr. 29th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
I was somewhat disappointed that they made Lazlo survive. He was all set up for some kind of noble sacrifice/tender farewell, and then the doctor decided to make him live with a pig's snout and ears.
I thought the Doctor's motivation was handled well though - he's just seen the entire race of dalek/humans wiped out, as well as all the pig slaves killed, and he doesn't want to see another death if he can prevent it. It's rather a selfish motive - Lazlo's not going to have an easy time looking the way he does - but then the Doctor does tend to be impetuous.

When Martha found the Doctor lying unconscious, I thought they were going to have her do her double-heart resusitation technique again, and was pleased when they didn't. We've seen it twice already. And yes, I liked her lightning conductor to fry the pigs. Mmmm, crispy bacon.
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I quite like looking at it that way - that it was a selfish mistake by the Doctor :D At the time I was too busy pondering if killing 1,000...basically mutants, a species which had existed for about half an hour, was actually genocide in any meaningful way.

I was quite disappointed there wasn't a crispy bacon gag, but I suppose it would have been out of place when she was being all remorseful. I did mishear "they're savages" as "they're sandwiches" at around that point, though, to make up for it.
Apr. 29th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
I just feel sick.
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Not keen, then? Heh.
Apr. 29th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
It was, you know, okay, but nothing to write home about. The Doctor did seem VERY angry.
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and in Dalek Eccleston sold the anger, but this time I was just like...eh? Shut up.
Apr. 29th, 2007 09:41 am (UTC)
Meh. So meh I can barely be bothered posting about it.

Ditto. I almost couldn't bring myself online to post the my usual f'list reaction poll and only did in the end because I'm determined to do it for every episode. I've started, so I'll finish.

The best thing about this week's ep was that the trailer for next week's looked good.
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
I turned off the trailer as quick as I could - all I saw was an oldish bloke in a dinner suit. Which, yay, as far as it goes.
May. 1st, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
I liked how they didnt go for an American style 'turn Lazlo back to human'..they could have made a living on a carnival I suppose..and the Doctor didnt commit genocide again..have managed to avoid any spoilerage for next one..thats a first!
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