Last edited by Darren; April 10th, 2011 at 03:50 PM.
That was really atmospheric. It felt like it could have been an episode of a '70s or an '80s SF show, but for once I mean that in a good way.
Great acting from all, especially Carole-from-Eastenders and her son.
Why is it always the episodes I expect to be rather boring that turn out to be the best? I had that last year with Blink and like last year this completely blew me away, has the writer of this written any other episodes?
This was brilliant, despite the fact that it was very obviously filler (only three sets) it really showed what can be done on a relatively small budget. Definitely the highlight of this season so far, if not the entirety of New Who's run.
The darkness of this episode was very surprising given that it was set on a holiday planet. When they started discussing throwing people off the ship it was disturbingly believable and it's moments like that that make me feel very ashamed of humanity.
Onto Arc words and there was a lot this week. The Medusa Cascade and more obsession over the Doctor's name than perhaps any other episode this season. I fully reckon that someone will find it out at the end of this series even if the viewers don't, there's no way there would be this build up without it. The Rose appearance was very similar to the one way back in the Poison Sky but still cool, once again my dad completely failed to notice it despite the entire rest of the family squeeing.
Great episode, especially for RTD. Terrifying too.
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Hmmmm very Meh compared to the last couple, but not too bad to be honest, there are definatly worse episodes.
Next weeks episode looks immense though.
It seemed so short
Originally Posted by Craig Charles
Now that was a rarity for RTD; an episode that was perfectly paced for forty-five minutes. You couldn't have drawn that one out longer, where normally the last few minutes feels horribly rushed. Good stuff.
It was just awesome... Utterly atmospheric and plain terrifying mostly because of how easily the Humans on the shuttle changed from likable people into the kind of people who would throw someone out of a airlock because they don't understand them.
Bravo to RTD for honestly depicting Human Nature.... its new its different..... KILL IT. I wish it wasn't true but it is sadly.
A word of advice... there are creatures that live between this dimension and the next, fiendish creatures that feast on the suffering of an entire world to satiate their eternal hunger. Support the Gateworld Cantina or suffer the fate of all who fall into the clutches of the 'Eladrith Ynneas'
Very well thought out
One of those ones where you think.. Whats going to happen next
Good acting all round
Another good episode from RTD
1. Usually the intro sets up the threat - here it sets up the fact that the Doctor's running solo. OK change
2. Airline cliches, meh - at least they could have made the "clasic Earth music" more familiar.
3. Once the actual attack starts...then it gets freaky. The Doctor's out of commision and he's counting on "this bunch" to save him?
4. "Don't...just, don't". Says it all, takes a lot to freak out the Doctor.
OK, but not exactly the best ep of the season!
*Note to self. Never watch the creepiest episode of Dr Who ever before going to bed*
Anyway on to important things, me, that was the creepiest thing I've seen on TV since Blink and why can't RTD write stuff like this all the time, why wait until he's leaving to give us his best stuff. Yes it does show the worst side of humanity and that's not comforting, the baying mob freaked me out a little, seen scenes like that here on GW and across other internet boards and, to my shame, I have been part of that mob and that is proabably why I got sucked in, it's so easy to give into your fears and let them take over. All in all, this was fecking excellent TV, showing humanity at it's worst and scaring the crap out of you at the same time. I shall be searching under the bed and behind the settee for many a day.
As for next week
That was very good. Very atmospheric and tense, and pretty dark in places.
David was great, especially in the scene at the back of the truck.
The guest cast were all very good. The episode could have been let down by a weak guest actor or two, but they all did a good job. And David Troughton really does look like a bald version of his father.
Indeed...Originally Posted by The_Carpenter
Anyway, next week:
Onto this week's episode- I wasn't really looking forward to it much. It sounded a lot like money-saving filler. I didn't think it was a brilliant episode but it kept me entertained throughout.
It does bring me on to the one thing that bothers me about Dr Who though- it does have a bit of an identity crisis at times. Some weeks you can watch and just think ''oh this is blatantly a kids show'' (ironically enough it's usually the RTD episodes which make me think this) but then there's ones like this which deal with subjects that a lot of ''adult'' shows wouldn't.
I mean, a week or so ago I watched the 3rd Doctor adventure the Monster of Peladon, which was really political and dealt with the separation between the aristocracy and the working class. Don't see that on TV much.
But back to this one...
It reminded me a little of Lord of the Flies, the way they all start out on good terms then start to turn on each other at the first sign of trouble. And how quickly they turned to murder, despite the fact they were in no physical danger, was really chilling. At first I was disappointed that we didn't find out what the creature was or why, but I think it's more effective that way.
Oh and what an interesting planet- covered in diamonds with a waterfall of sapphires. Havn't seen that before either.
You really have to admire Dr Who for always coming up with original ideas like that.
And next week looks amazing.
That was actually really scary. Not just an 'enemy within' thing, but 'the enemy is us'. It was a really interesting exploration of how quickly people can turn on each other, how quickly morals and ethics and civilised behaviour can break down. Who was it who said that civilisation is only three hot meals away from chaos or something like that?
I can see why Donna wasn't there, the story wouldn't really have worked with Donna there, because you never would have believed that the Doctor was in danger - there's no way anyone would have been throwing the Doctor out of an airlock with Donna around! But it's a shame, I love Donna so much any episode without her in is a bit of a letdown.
And Rose! Rose again! And she was definitely shouting 'Doctor' not 'Donna'! Eeeee!
And how awesome does next week look? *flails*
He's like fire, ice and rage. He's like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun.
He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time and he can see the turn of the universe.
And he's wonderful.
That was an awesome, really tense and freaky episode. And really, for a sci-fi show, very little actual sci-fi involved. Strip away the setting (alien planet) and the concept that whatever affected Sky was some kind of alien and you've basically got a story about human nature, about fear and paranoia and pressure and about how horribly quickly humans can turn to voilence as the answer. In effect, all Sky/the creature did at first was repeat everything they said and that was enough for them to start talking about throwing her out! Okay, it *was* damn creepy when she did that but still!
I'd been looking forward to this episode after what I'd read about it being something different, something very tense and scary etc and it absolutely did not disappoint. It was creepy as heck and very claustrophobic and just goes to show you don't need big bangs and spaceships and special effects to make absolutely gripping television. I rather like that it left things unanswered too - we still don't know what that creature was or what it wanted.
On a side note, I wanted to flipping smack those parents - they were the worst of the lot, freaking over the slightest thing and casting aspersions at the drop of a hat!
(copied from my brief comments on another forum)
This series hasn't exactly blown me away but "Midnight" tops every other episode this year and every single ep we've seen from Russ since the show started. It's about bloody time, but he's played to his strengths here and it worked perfectly. He got the plot down, nice and simple and turned it into a psychological, claustrophobic episode rather than his usual "explosions and running" style. Great dialogue and a fantastic (yet simple) enemy backed it up with some terrific guest characters. Marvelous.
- Joss Whedon - Equality Now
Normally I would be the first to defend RTDs eps, well mostly but this one just felt like the filler ep it was, the give CT a break ep if you will.
I have seen so many movies, TV shows over the years deal with this situation, most recently an ep of CSI, it just felt like RTD gave us nothing new here. If anything this one annoyed the heck out of me, there was no real sense of caring from anyone but The Doctor, and that is not new for him.
Human nature being what it is, well this ep was predictable, we knew what would happen and if you didn't know, you haven't been watching this show or any other.
I would have found it more interesting for The Doctor to have been thrown off, then not die and then learn more about whatever the 'creature' was... now that would have been scifi! This was nothing more then run of the mill drama. Run of the mill filler. Run of the mill, give a lead actor, a week off eppy.
So far this has not been a stellar series 30/4