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Doctor Who XI.15-20: The Monster of Peladon

May 25th, 2013 (01:12 am)

It may not be the most thrilling Doctor Who story, but The Monster of Peladon deserves some credit for being so brazen about its limitations. Where else to imprison your lead characters but a communications room? They can find that radio contact with the outside worlds is jammed, but can watch the action elsewhere on black and white television monitors (a primitive planet, Peladon, though in real life there were sound practical reasons for their use) and receive messages from gloating villains. Unable to manage forced perspective in the studio? Just get the actors to behave as if you can and the audience will believe that the model citadel a foot or so away from them is half a mile off... Ice Warrior costumes looking worn? Just paint them even more green than usual and give their commander a glittery cape. Azaxyr is definitely from the glam rock faction on Mars. As for politics, solve the miners' strike by making their leader the head of the government and maybe give him a peerage... Some good development for Alpha Centauri, though it and Sarah Jane do an awful lot of standing around and talking while watching the aforementioned monitors.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/603042.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: May 26th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Eleventh Doctor

I always insist that The Monster of Peladon is a better story than its reputation would suggest, but then I fail to remember anything worth saying about it. I found one or two things to say in my review, but little of that has stuck in my mind in the half-decade since I last watched it.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 26th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)

Gebek, I suppose, is Joe Gormley, and Ettis is Arthur Scargill, roughly. If the Federation's enemies were Galaxy Four rather than Five, then all sorts of parallels with the Fourth Estate and its involvement with politics could be made; but it is not and they are not.