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Doctor Who XXXI.8: The Hungry Earth

May 22nd, 2010 (11:11 pm)


Not a review at all, really; but...

- That business with the couple waving and Rory and the engagement ring is going to come back to haunt us
- Rory's love for Amy seems more credible now; the deleted scene on Confidential shows that Amy belittles him - I wish it had stayed (though Confidential is a way of smuggling it in); character moments are now being sacrificed for plot (rather than, as was alleged in RTD days, vice versa)
- The Doctor remains forgetful of his apparent youth
- These Silurians are vastly better than those in Warriors of the Deep, but we'll see their culture next week; no mention yet of Sea Devils
- Davison-era trait of sidelining regular companions for guest companion appears, but I like Nasreen
- Lots of Pertwee-era tribute material, plus a liberal dose of Frontios

More notes next week, and the full review in the next issue of This Way Up!

Comments

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)

Chibnall, why??? Does he have blackmail material on SM?

I thought the episode was fighting back against its Chibnallness reasonably well, but there's only so much actors and a producer can do.

Ponder adds: these Siluarians are apparantly so different from the originals that I'm not sure there's any point in making them Silurians, rather than something wholly new.

And along with the Pertwee era and Frontios, also one line more-or-less stolen from Battlefield – "There will be no battle here."

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Argue mainly

zelanite will have seen this, I imagine, from 1986: there's a better quality version on the Trial of a Time Lord box set. Chibnall is the fan in the grey suit and yellow tie...

I think the Silurians look like Silurians, and approve of the changes though regret the disappearance of the third eye; the script was careful to distinguish them from other forms of homo reptilia, so there are Silurians of 1970/1984 appearance around somewhere too. Chibnall giving the Silurians a warrior caste kicks Johnny Byrne's ball marked 'Silurians=thinkers Sea Devils=warriors' into the long grass, and deservedly so.

Posted by: Amanda (neohippie)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
clever mistakes

I dunno, I like the old Silurians better myself, and haven't even seen the old episodes, just seen pictures. I don't like them looking this human.

I wonder if it's because we're supposed to end up sympathizing with them, so they couldn't make them TOO alien looking (well, ok, I guess more like non-human). I don't like it when sci-fi creators give into that, but maybe they're right to (I wouldn't know since no sci-fi writers I know of have even tried to make really inhuman looking aliens that we're supposed to relate to).

Basically, once they took the mask off, Reptile Girl was too cute, IMO.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)

I think the main reason was that it was decided the Silurians needed some facial expression, to allow the actors' performance to show through, and I am sympathetic towards this; there was clearly a wish to avoid having a static mask, or have a 'hero Silurian' as there is a 'hero Ood', with a moving face while all the others are static.

Posted by: El Staplador (el_staplador)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
doctor who

I enjoyed it a lot. I like Nasreen, and it's good to have the Silurians back. I have to say that the whole thing is reminding me very much of The Green Death - not that this is a bad thing!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)

Indeed: Keith Topping of Discontinuity Guide fame has called it a "fanboy hymn" to the radicalism in establishment clothes of the Pertwee era on his blog, which is worth reading.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
liz shaw

Pertwee rules ;-)

Davison-era trait of sidelining regular companions for guest companion appears, but I like Nasreen

So do I - she's the second in this series who does not say "bigger on the inside", and her whole demeanor cries out for her to be a companion, quite unlike Rory.

Which probably/hopefully means that this juxtaposition will be subverted in some way.

I agree with some of the other posters on the new Silurians - too anthropomorphic for my liking.
Babylon 5 has shown how much acting can be done through thick layers of latex, so that is no excuse, IMHO
And probably also that she'll come to a sticky end ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)

I think it's perhaps a pity that the Silurian wasn't given contact lenses to make her eyes more alien, though they would have been very uncomfortable for the actress. Otherwise I think this way of presenting Silurian faces is the best one.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
K9

Hadn't thought of lenses - good idea (Leela comes to mind...)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)

Which also makes me think that it is a bad idea, given that Louise Jameson's discomfort was such that Leela's eyes change colour at the end of Horror of Fang Rock.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
b5

And probably also that she'll come to a sticky end ;-)

..oops that was supposed to refer to Nasreen!
probably true for the Silurain too, though...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 24th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)

There are a lot of couples placed in hazard here: Nasreen/Tony, Mo/Ambrose and Amy/Rory. Possibly also Doctor/humanity as well.