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Mar 04, 2007

"Your leader will be angry if you kill me - I'm a genius"

Why couldn't we have had The Invasion? Why did I have to sit through this somewhat hollow affair? Why have I suddenly started wearing contacts? Why am I asking so many questions? Why can't I stop?

...ah. I still feel that this adventure was somewhat empty, though. A little research into it reveals some of the answers - it was originally a four-parter rewritten into six. But even so, there are still other problems with the story. There's some poor attempts at humour (and I know bad humour - I'm in the middle of a fan edit of The Man With The Golden Gun, which is rife with the stuff), the music is on a par with Murray Gold - so far too loud, then - there's the infamous bubble machine and the Doctor seems unusually killaholic, which in some ways suggest that the writer doesn't know what else to do.

But it wasn't all bad. The basic plot and the performances were both very good indeed, which I'm lead to believe is par for the course at that time. Huzzah. The direction was, for the most part, pretty impressive for late 60's television, and the sets are pretty good as well. The use of some interesting prespective shots and of impressing tension on the viewer lends a lot of professionalism to the story, although this is somewhat tempered by the 'comedic' elements.

Still, there's a good story to it, and (to me) it's a lot more watchable than our previous entry, so I have to say that I fairly enjoyed it. Although I'm beginning to suspect that most of these early episodes are better enjoyed whule drunk. As for the questions... I don't know, you'll have to ask Damon or whoever's in charge of the blog these days; because I said I would; because I've bleached my hair platinum blonde and I feel I look better with contacts as opposed to glasses; because it made for an slightly different intro than everybody elses.

The Bumper Book of Made-Up Doctor Who Facts has this to say about The Seeds of Death: The seeds which were used in this adventure would eventually be discovered by one Sir Hugo Drax, in truth another cunning disguise of The Master, thus lending credit to the whole 'James Bond is a Time Lord' theory.

Comments

Platinum blonde? No glasses? Last name that stars with "Mars-"? Why, our Chris(formerly known as Darth, I believe) is none other than Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Spike!

Heh. Heh. Couldn't resist.

I think you'll find there's a world of difference from that ol' vampire and me. I have a decent English accent, for one.

;)

Shhhh man, keep schtum.

Chicks dig Spike. Why do you think they brought him back for Angel?

Oh please. Who would women rather go for - a trumpt up vampire with a soul who couldn't do diddly squat during the day, or a Dark Lord of the Sith who'll actually take you shopping?

No contest. And I'll kill anyone who disagrees.

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