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Absolutely fantastic, the story and the writting were spot on. TTOby (thanks Tracy Jane) was one of the better villains recently, reminded me of Khalek from SG1's "Prototype". Acting was good as always form BP and DT, but the supporting cast were truly fantastic this time around. Most interesting of all was the music, the slow pieces played in the darker scenes, Scottie's death scene for example, reminded me of the music of Firefly. The only let down was the slightly dull Ood. 9/10
Cant wait for next week.
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- Joss Whedon - Equality Now
The Ood were a little predictable, unfortunately, you knew from the outset that they were going to be problematic. But a really interesting storyline, I swear this series is getting better episode by episode. Toby was very good, I agree. The discovery over Scootie's death was done awesomely and I can't wait until next week. I was slightly uncomfortable with a couple of the scenes which, despite the taboo surrounding doctor/companion shipping, seemed a little overtly shippy to me.
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this is the first totaly totaly un earthy episode in the new series, if you think New earth doesnt count.
That was awesome. Reminded me a lot of Doom and the Oods eyes glowing red was a bit 'Robots of Death'. The scenes in the cave looked fantastic. I spent most of the episode trying to work out where I'd seen all the crew members before, they were all annoyingly familiar.
Well I'm loving this ep.
Great religious theme, with a *really* daunting enemy. It felt a little bit Stargate to me, anyone else get a stargate feel? Just a tad? Maybe? Anyone? Kay... Ill shut up. But seriously, not only the archeologist and all the runes and what not, but the idea of mixing religious figures and space and stuff... I kept thinking AH! So THAT'S where Sokar has been hiding!
Love the Ood and the references to legion and Cthulu btw.
NO TORCHWOOD REFERENCE *is happy*
I loved the dynamic between the crew, it felt like a real research station in the middle of nowhere. Kinda "Aliens"ish.
The opening of the (seventh?) seal was great too :-D
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Wow.....just let me compose myslef for a moment.......I can't believe what I have just seen.
Bloody fantastic! This episode had everything. Tension, Drama, Frights, Emotion.
Very Very Sc
Part of me can't believe what I have just seen. As a massive Who fan, back in the dark days of the 90's and early 00's, an episode like this being back on the BBC seemed impossible. In fact, anything this sci-fi being not only on the BBC, but made by the BBC and being put out a 7pm on a Saturday is glorious. Definetly the most sci-fi Who has been since its return, with clear influences from American Sci-Fi shows of the past 5-10 years. Amazing
Did anyone else think it felt a bit like an Episode of SG:Atlantis?
In summary then, aboslutely superb. One of the best, most tense, most dramatic and most chilling episodes maybe of all time (Im trying not to go OTT in the heat of the moment but what do you expect after that piece of gold)
Ill add some more comments later but Ive got that post-Who buzz at the moment and all I can seem to do is run off superlatives
I think that's what I loved most about it, it had a real sci-fi feel to it, unlike a lot of episodes where you think "oh, cripes, British TV have massacred a really great idea". I don't mean any offence to Who, it's just that the resources and funding in the British TV industry are definitely lacking. Generally speaking, episodes fall flat in comparison to their American and Canadian counterparts, not because of writing, but because of the budgets not allowing for the necessary visual effects and so on. Tonight, however, I was floored, I was really pleased to see the BBC putting our TV License money to good use for once!
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THis was a Brilliant Episode. Definatly feels like a doctor who episode, and they cut the episode off at a cruel point . The effects were brilliant, and the Idea of the episode its great, a black hole, no help from the tardis, and now also possibly 'satan and his cronieys'. I wonder how the doctor will get out of this one???
10/10, A brilliant epsiode Enjoyable from start to last. The speical effects were brilliant
Joe Mallozzi: "Like my grandmother used to say: Whenever a gate closes, a hyperspace window opens…"
1. Not sure how they're going to get the TARDIS back(though you know they will).
2. Some got reminded of Gate...I got reminded more of Event Horizion.
3. Never too comfortable when things get shippy.
Overall hmmm...not sure about this ep. Will judge it again after the second part next week.
Oh what a different feel than any of the previous Dr Who episodes this season, all I can say is that it feels more sci fi than fantasy, the idea of being stuck in the middle of nowhere was the selling point for this, in last episodes the Dr and Rose remained behind to help others but now they are out to help themselves and get back home, somehow I can't seem to shake the fact that the Tardis has something to do with the whole thing.
>Science station idea was great, a real gritty feel and quite a la Alien feel to it which was intentional of course.
>The Ood were predictible and aside from the many puns that came in the episode the Ood were odd in a way that the episode could have survived without them and they play a role that is somewhat shrouded in mystery and for me seems pointless.
> Danger is what the episode is all about, the peril was cool and the undeground scenes (filmed in a quarry at nigh) were believable to the point that it made the scenes down there feel immense for such a TV show.
So I'll just end by saying I hope the follow up is just as good if not better and it's handled with care and is believable in terms of the demon!
For all the pollution woes on Earth, will the Human race end up taking those problems into space in the future?
We can all call our ships Sports Utility Ships to curtail the carbon emissions and hypersleep at night
Gravel Quarrys!!!! A Classic Who fan's dream!
I think the ood are very required theyre forming the Army of Satan, and definitely have some Lovecraft conetations.
Finally... Rose is getting SO annoying I really would like her to die.
As for Dt... cool space suit.
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Best ep recently!
Now my 2nd fave of the season behind Reunion.
The Ood were telegraphed a bit, yes. I mean hey, you can never trust a group of people that say they're there only to serve...haven't these folks seen any horror movies?
The one moment of inappropriate laughter was right at the start...'we must feed...we must feed...' I immedidately shouted out "It's a cookbook! How to cook humans!!!"
I loved that it was a completely non-terrestrial ep. That was desperately needed to bring a bit more of the galactic nature of the Doctor to the show.
It was great build up and I really lost track of the time. As the seal was opening and the credits ran I was completely shocked to realize 45 mins had gone by and it was going to be a 2 parter.
The scene with Toby and the Voice was just awesome! Real old time 'Prince of Darkness' cool.
Loved the ep. The only real problem I had was with the dialogue provided for Rose. Sometimes the write her to be intelligent and quick to grasp the obvious but when storage 6 was destroyed, she was written to not have a clue despite the obviously dire situation!!! Balance her character's intelligence please!
definately out of
This ep was 10 shades of awesome. Some seriously great stuff going on here. An interesting story, some great character moments, some awesome (very Firefly-esque) music, tons of atmosphere, and a fantastic cliffhanger. It even uses the ever effective Gabriel Woolf (voice of Sutehk from "Pyramids of Mars") as the voice of The Beast.
One complaint, though: THE KILLED SCOOTI!!!! Damn them!
"There's not a little boy born who wouldn't tear the world apart to save his mummy... and this little boy can." --The Doctor.
"The plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces are called Aglets. Their true purpose is sinister."--The Question.
The scale of the underground cavern was incredible. It looked good too, there was a real dilapidated beauty to it. The research station sets were really realistic-looking.
Story good so far. I've high hopes for next week.
I liked the Ood. They look properly alien, and that speaking ball they hold is a neat touch. I didn't mind that it was totally predictable that as biddable willing slaves they'd inevitably turn dangerous. I was watching with my five-year-old and it's good for him to learn these things for himself, just like he has to learn about not saying "no turning back" or "nothing could possibly go wrong now"
Great acting from the additionals, especially the archaeologist. I loved it just before he got the writing on him, the terror was palpable. I liked Zak too, he's losing control of the situation in exactly the same way as any fully qualified and experienced captain would (there's surely no What To Do If The Beast Rises And Becomes Legion On An Impossible Planet page in the captains' handbook) but he thinks he's losing it because of his own inexperience, and it makes me want to hug him and tell him he's great just like the Doctor did.
Best of all, IT WASN'T ON EARTH. Second best of all, IT WASN'T IN ORBIT AROUND EARTH EITHER. And third best, NOR WAS IT IN ANY OTHER PART OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
Ah... terrific episode... THIS is why I continue to watch Dr Who... I hang out for episodes like this. A good mix of intrigue, creepiness and interplanetary gallivanting. The best one since Tooth and Claw IMHO... While it was off to a slow start, it picked up when young Tobias started hearing sweet nothings in his ear.
Storytelling was in fine form here... a marked improvement from last week's hodge podge effort. It doesn't bother me much that it appears derivative... a dash of Pyramids, Event Horizon, Aliens and even a homage to LOTR... It was Kha'zadum and the Balrog all over again.
The story was so good that I groaned in disbelief when the credits started rolling and realised that it's a jolly two-parter. And we haven't really seen monster of the week in all his glory yet.
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"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth"
I loved this episode, and really glad it is a two parter!
This is what it should all be about, real interaction with others, peril that is believable. And oh no! No T.A.R.D.I.S!!! *again*
The Ood are great! I love that name, I haven't read anyone else's posts didn't want to be spoiled... but did anyone else think Firefly? I got a Firefly vibe from the music, I really like the music.
Roll on next week.
i agree, it was quite stargate like, did anyone else notice the P90s the guards where carrying around, almost makes me think that the production team where paying a small amount of homage to it (or mabye that's just me). i think the Ood are going to become very cool next week, and hopfully we'll get to see this "demon" although it could be an interesting touch to have him/it as just a disembodied voice commanding it's minions. i think that the episode also reminded me of the background of warhammer 40000, combining sci-fi with fantasy, even down to the dark god type thing, the set design, interesting combination, stargate and warhammer, now theres an idea...Originally Posted by Flying Officer Bennett
I know there was no Torchwood reference, but think about WHAT scientific group the research time might belong to....
Of course there doesn't have to be a reference every ep, but I have a suspicion this might be the case.
Rose is a plot device. Simple as. I'm amazed that Piper is happy about the stupid "Camilla" esque comments shes been making since Girl In The Fireplace. It's a dumb explanation followed by a goofy expression, and I'm REALLY hating the shippiness. Ive seen an icon actually with DT on it saying "Dear Diary, am questioning my own sexuality..... I think I may have one" I do love that.
In any case, other than stupid Rose. One of the bets eps EVER. Including Classic Who, and that says soemthing. For me it ranks up there along side School Reuinion, Tooth & Claw, Dalek, Parting of The Ways, Genesis of The Daleks, City of Death, Robots of Death and the Movie.
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