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Planet of the Dead, [Apr. 17th, 2009|11:26 am]
dalekboy
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Here are my non-spoilery thoughts on Planet of the Dead.

I had quite forgotten this was the 200th story, and as the 200th story I would have hoped for something a little more than average. This is not bad, but not good. It has a couple of chances to elevate the tale and do something a little more interesting, but shies away from them in the most boring of ways. And it telegraphs other aspects of the story with all the subtlety of an American sitcom.

I have no problems with a story having no plot, but if you're going to do that, you need to really do something with the characters and/or set-pieces. By way of example, the fourth season story Midnight has absolutely no plot whatsoever, but it becomes totally gripping as it progresses.

Worth a look, and it has some nice ideas, but the lower you set your expectations, the more enjoyment you'll receive from it.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2009-04-17 01:55 am (UTC)
I re-watched it with Sonia and it's amazing how irritating they managed to make Christina.
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[User Picture]From: magnapops
2009-04-17 02:00 am (UTC)
Maybe because my expectations were lowered by the Xmas special, I didn't really mind this one.

I think that the Dr really needs an offsider.

I think the adhoc nature of this years efforts, 5 specials? Is going to give far more disconnect as a Dr Who episode NEEDS to have some continuity and they wont do that until Emo Doc takes over I'm guessing.

Having said all that, the ending was VERY clunky, the wandering around and meeting others seemed to be very um cardboard, plot device level at best.

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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-04-17 02:20 am (UTC)
I tend to think if you're doing specials instead of a series, you really do need to aim high. This was the 200th story, and a special, and it was average.

The Doctor without an ongoing companion is a chance to investigate some different sides to the Doctor, ala The Deadly Assassin. Unfortunately Russell and co. are tied to this 'temp companion for the story' idea, which hamstrings the chance to explore the Doctor's nature when he's alone.
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[User Picture]From: angriest
2009-04-17 02:26 am (UTC)
The trailer for The Waters of Mars looked amazingly atmospheric though. Then I looked it up and discovered Graeme Harper was directing it - so no surprises there.
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[User Picture]From: sonictail
2009-04-17 02:13 am (UTC)
I get what they were trying to do, and the idea was great (hey, lets make flight of the phoenix with 100% less hugh laurie) but the execution was flawed. Why couldn't we have gotten a special where the lack of a companion was a major issue!
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2009-04-17 03:23 pm (UTC)
Where did you find your copy?
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