January 21st, 2011

1st Doctor

Doctor Who Original Series 19 - Mission to the Unknown

Been a while, but here you go... No real spoilers, but probably some in the comments.

3.05 Mission to the Unknown Written by Terry Nation, Directed by Derek Martinus

On the planet Kembel Marc Cory finds a dark secret that threatens the galaxy.

This is a fabulous mini-story. Wonderfully melodramatic in a very 1940's British war movie style, it builds to a satisfying ending.

One wonders what it must have been like, back in the days where the vast majority of the audience would have sat down knowing nothing about Mission, for there to be a single episode without the Doctor and no warning about this. One can imagine the audience sitting there wondering when the TARDIS would appear all the way up to the end credits.

And more than this being just a Doctorless episode, this story was nothing less than a prelude to a much bigger story, one that wouldn't be seen for another four weeks. How many people expected the following episode to pick up where this one left off and were left scratching their heads?

The characters are simply but clearly drawn, the stakes are made known, and an old enemy returns. Terry Nation at his best.

This was Verity Lambert's last episode as producer. In some ways it's kind of odd that her last episode featured none of the show's regular cast. But another point of view is that she finished on a unique rule-breaking episode, which feels sort of appropriate given the television program she helped create.


"The seven of us represent the greatest war force ever assembled! Conquest is assured!" - Robert Cartland (Malpha)

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Movies for 2011 - Part 2

16th January
Bulldog Drummond's Revenge

17th January
Fahrenheit 451

18th January
Dracula A.D. 1972

19th January
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Mad Love

20th January
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

21st January
Island of Lost Souls

Dracula A.D. 1972 was surprisingly good, in spite of the occasional bland bit of seventies style music.

I'm very fond of both Gremlins movies, and Mad Love was kind of awesome, too. The scene when Peter Lorre impersonates the character Rollo, is a totally creepy, cracked, and what-the-fuck moment.
19th Jan ended up being my accidental Keye Luke day. Gremlins 2 was made at the end of his career, Mad Love was right at the start. Wish I'd found time to fit in an episode of the Kung Fu TV series. I've always been a fan of Keye Luke.

Island of Lost Souls is good, camp (in the ways many 1930's films are), and utterly horrific in equal measure.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was sweet and laugh out loud funny at times.
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