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Doctor Who XIII.13-16: The Android Invasion

May 3rd, 2012 (08:45 pm)

I'm just watching this for the first time in years. It's livelier than I expected, with explicit allusion to The Quatermass Experiment and strong, simple visuals.
It's tempting to view Crayford's eyepatch as a false trail, given he is introduced as a Brigadier-imposter, sitting apparently in Alistair's office, eyepatched like Inferno's Brigade-Leader; more tenuous is the possibility that the shopkeepers A.V. & N.G. Kirby is a reference to The Avengers and its penchant for mock Tudor 'Avengerland' in its latter years. The Kraals sent the five-year-old me retreating to my parents' bedroom for three weeks in 1975, butwhile their first appearance is still startling, afterwards they appear like determined pugs.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/506726.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Eleventh Doctor

I'm rather fond of The Android Invasion. It's fast and fun, even if it is slightly bonkers. I think it is indeed Avengers-ish (although the shop name, which I'd never noticed, may be coicidence) and perhaps Prisoner-esque too (rural village-cum-military/technological base where the natives are sinister and no one can leave).

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)

The bad grammar in this post reveals that I wrote it on my phone, in the dark, in a hurry...