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Mar 11, 2007

Failure will not be tolerated!

Well, a good 5 days since I reviewed episode 2, I'm going to try my hand at episode 3. I realise that time has run out, but I said right at the start that I would review EVERY EPISODE and I do not intend to let the fact that I've been working solidly for 4 days affect that. And thanks to Damon, I've got Fatal Death to review as well! Brilliant, just brilliant. Briefness will now be manditory.

The Daemons Episode 3

Trying to remember what happened in the last episode is the big challenge. Fortunately, none of it seems to matter. What I don't remember is either covered or unneeded, and I find myself more confident with the plot than before. The Doctor and Jo have been attacked by Bob, (or Bok if you prefer. I thought his name was Azal!?!) and all it takes to get rid of him is a trowel and a line from Little Bo Peep. Now THAT's classy scriptwriting. The time comes for the plot to be explained to the viewers.

Einstein's General Theory of Doctor Who Explanations states that the understandabity of the plot is the direct inverse of the square of the stupidity of the human characters divided by the number of sidekicks. In other words, the more stupid each character is, the more companions are needed to tell a more complicated story. So:Equation

That's why the explanation in Parting of the Ways didn't make sense, because he was explaining to no-one in particular, and those that were listening were incredibly stupid. And that's why even though City of Death only had one companion, she was very intelligent, and so it was clear. Here, there are four listeners to the conversation, with ranging levels of intelligence, but because there are so many it makes sense. That's Einstein for you. I guess if you treat your characters like intelligent people (or at least a lot of stupid people), you treat your audience like intelligent people, and it'll be much more comprehensible.

The age old question of magic vs science is brokered. I believe i have had quite a few rants on this very blog regarding the differences between Fantasy and Sci Fi, and here is a wonderful example of a compromise, that magic and Science are equal, just seen from different points of view. Another interesting point raised is evil vs amoral. I suppose that the only race that comes even close to being evil in Doctor Who are, in fact, the Daleks. They kill because they want to, because it's their choice. The Master isn't really evil: he just wants to rule everything, just to lead the best life for him the best way he knows. Selfish, he may be, but evil? No. Perhaps that's the one thing that Doctor Who has yet to do: a race/creature that kills just because they enjoy it. Not for food, not for survival, just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Purest evil.

Anyway, back to the story. The Master has hypnotised a roomful of people, and the Doc is attacked by the most expensive shot of the 1970s. However, some fancy manoeuvring and the chopper goes straight into the "heat barrier" (I love these technical terms, don't you?). Pertwee gets to rid another vehicle as he steals Yates' motorbike without so much as a "Nice wheels, yoink!". And he explains to the viewers at home that bees can't actually fly, and anything you see that looks like a bee flying must clearly be the product of a deranged imagination.

The episode ends on a rather good cliffhanger involving the Master cowering behind a POV shot, 35 years before spiders, Werewolves, Krillitanes, and eyes-in-spaceships.

Did I say brief?

Comments

"a race/creature that kills just because they enjoy it. Not for food, not for survival, just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Purest evil."

"Evil? Your evil is my good. I am Sutekh the destroyer. Where I tread I leave nothing but dust and darkness. I find that good."

This fit the bill?

Nah, Sutekh was a god, and gods don't count in good or evil. They're beyond good and evil, sorta like Torchwood, but more like Neitzche.

As for technical terms, I suppose you'd have preferred "Parathermic transference field"?

Would have been nice :)

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