Worst kind of under graduate humour...parasites...nasty filth...if they don’t like the show, then they can just fuck off...
The Curse of Fatal Death
I’ve had to postpone my contribution to Stripped Down 5 partly due to work but also because, over the past month or so, I’ve begun watching Battlestar Galactica (I’ve just finished Season 2) and wow. It took half of the other bloggers and Charlie Brooker to persuade me but now I’m hooked. Anyhow, onto the matter at hand (at least it was, 2 weeks ago).
I can’t remember watching this on transmission, but Youtube to the rescue! Actually, if you don’t mind them being cut into 10 minute chunks, it’s a great resource for old Who episodes not yet out on DVD. I’ve even found Timelash.
"It could have looked like a bunch of post-modern twonks jeering at an extinct TV show"
Unlike so much of “Comic” Relief, it’s really funny. Steven Moffat knows his audience down to a tee; I picked up on dozens of references and in-jokes, probably only getting a third of them but the obvious satire is where this skit is truly successful. It could have looked like a bunch of post-modern twonks jeering at an extinct TV show but instead you get a sense that the jibes, while searing, are affectionate; that while the writer knows how much dodgy plotting was covered by technobabble, he loves it nonetheless. Some of the jokes are a little crude (*sigh* fart gags) but at least they aren’t spread over an entire 90 minutes.
"Richard E. Grant gives a convincing impression of someone who could carry the character for an entire story"
On the whole, the cast is wonderful (Atkinson in particular) but I do wish they could have got someone other than Jim Broadbent, or at least given him something interesting to say. Richard E. Grant gives a convincing impression of someone who could carry the character for an entire story (ha!) and Hugh Grant is just his lovely self. Joanna Lumley is suitably bizarre to pull her part off and I found the ending rather satisfying. There’s always been something going on between those two and where better to clear the air than a Red Nose Day sketch? Let’s just hope RTD doesn’t have plans of his own like this...