Posted By Kathleen David on April 15, 2013
This is what we call a bottle show. It is very limited in terms of sets and places that you go. In this case we find ourselves on a submarine about to do a 20,000 leagues dive and we all know how well that goes.
Overall I enjoyed it. I like how they played the alien of the piece (more on that behind the cut). The pacing was pretty good. There were a few silly moments and David Warner can be used for 6 degrees of separation in science fiction and fantasy TV and movies like his successor Mark Sheppard (although you could say the same thing about Mark’s Dad).
Using the 1980s cold war motif was fun. I can remember that time and what happened shortly after that. I think there are a lot of 20 somethings that this is all old history or stuff they read about in passing.
So we have another version of “how I am speaking fill-in-the-blank language”. Nicely written but I liked the one with Donna better.
I couldn’t stop laughing that the only thing about the future that Bøffìņ wanted to know is if his favorite band was still together. The answer is yes and they had a new album out last year and a tour this year. Duran Duran was also referenced and I can’t get “Hungry like the Wolf” out of my head. I find it funny that he had a yellow Sony walkman at his waist. I had one of those back then. Even had the same belt clip.
The Ice Warriors reappear and they did something different with them. The Doctor admitting that he had never seen one outside of its armor was interesting. I do like that they didn’t show us the creature as a whole but gave us a hint of what they look like.
This is another could have been any Doctor episodes and I don’t mind that. I could see Troughton, Victoria, and Jamie handling this just fine probably with close to the same solution.
Anyone else think the Doctor is relying on his sonic screwdriver a little too much?