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THE DALEK INVASION EARTH
WOW! There's a theory that says every first ep of DW is that story's best. I would argue with that but certainly they are the most intriguing in a show that you never know what can happen where and certainly here, there's lots of love about this ep. If you look at the TARDIS scene interior: there's not a roundel in sight but a huge white wall of scientific computer banks, lights and plastic like walls. Amazing. Hartnell is amazing and he's the same Doc he was in last week's story and what's amazing is that the stories vary so much and yet the characters don't change so much that they are unrecognizable. Their adventures do change them somewhat but not so much that we can't relate to who they were earlier in the show. As they come outside, Barbara trips and it might not have been planned. The TARDIS materializes without the same groaning grinding sound but with a hum as if it were the interior hum. We also see TWO open window panes on the TARDIS exterior! It looked, at first as if they were broken. In the original script Ian tripped over a dead body face down in the mud. The Doctor tells Barbara, about her homecoming, "I wouldn't have spoiled it for all the worlds." When Susan gets curious she causes a fall to herself and the bridge falls debris on the TARDIS. The Doctor is happily angry at her and leaves her to go search with Ian for a drill or something that they can use to move the stuff in front of the TARDIS...but not before saying, "What you need is a jolly good smacked bottom!" Later when climbing a staircase, he tells Ian, "I'm not a half wit." All the outdoor location work, for the first time extensively, is just amazing and nice. At times, later on when Barbara is running to keep up with one of the hiding Earth resistance fighters, the location work reminds me of cheaper sci fi movies from the 60s and 50s such as THE SLIME PEOPLE. I like those movies and I like this. They have some kind of look that is both cheap and extensive at the same time and expensive in a way that they are outdoors. And outdoors is so much better than sets trying to make it look outdoors.
When the roboman falls out of a box, in hindsight, it seems as if the Daleks think of humans as just materials and instruments. Who put him there? The Doc and Ian wonder if the hat control device is a personal communication and this reminds me of RISE OF THE CYBERMEN devices that were used to control people. It also reminds me of the way Martha's cousin and others were controlled in AGE OF GHOSTS/DOOMSDAY. The original idea for DALEK INVASION EARTH sounds as if it was very similar to the way RISE OF THE CYBERMEN had the control devices and also the same as AGE OF GHOSTS/DOOMSDAY. In the original script, the Doctor deduces that the invasion took place in the 1970s.
When Ian almost falls off the ledge by opening the door to no where, he says no one can get down that way but the Doctor is sarcastic without being mean, "Except you."
Later when they find the girls missing, Ian wonders how they manage to do it as if they've done this before but I cant' recall them doing that or maybe he meant just this time or maybe I misheard his exact words. THe Doctor wonders if Ian is curious about this situation and Ian tells him he's not. This difference between them is a great character piece: Ian wants to just get away and maybe at this point, just get home to his own time; the Doc is curious and wants...like Susan to find out what is going on. Ian and the Doc, despite this difference, seem very close and Ian even touches the Doctor physically in the scene by the river side.
Another interesting and funny bit is when the girls first meet Tyler and Dortmun and are questioned. Barbara says she can get by when she's asked if she can cook. When David asks Susan what she does, she says, "I eat." Pretty funny and reminds me of Adric in a way.
The cliffhanger is just great. A Dalek coming out of the river! WHy it was there is not explained later I think but it makes a great cliffhanger. But oh, that original flying saucer was as bad as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and the new stuff inserted on the DVD is better but I like it as it was originally, flaws and all. I hate that they touch up the DVDs to stop out shadows and mikes and stuff. Anyway a 10/10 for this ep and I'd say the whole story. DW just got very very dangerous and very very scary and Earth shattering. Oh but it shouldn't be like this all the time RTD listening?
Another thing that strikes me is that the DWM arrived recently and David Tennant quotes that the finale of his ear is like a tale of gods fighting or something. Blah! Maybe there's a place for that in some DW but to be honest, I prefer it when the Doc is like Hartnell or Troughton and just a traveler trying his best and vulnerable. As the END OF TIME approaches and we see ads for the Master shooting fingertip electric bolts as the Doc as the Doc walks toward him without being scared...it makes me wonder. They seem like super heroes or gods now. And that's just....wrong. Additionally, I'm tired of the Doctor love RTD spreads out such as the old folks scene from END OF TIME part one or whatever. It's smarmy and hokey and goofy. ANd it's gone on too long IMO. DW needs to make the Doctor's alienness, his powers, his godhood, all smaller than it was for the last five years or four or three. I'm sorry to say I think that will not happen. We've heard the awful dialog from Matt Smith faces off against the Dalek. out of context that might not be fair to say but hearing it makes me cringe. Please make the Doc like he was in Hartnell's time or Troughton's time ALITTLE BIT even.
In any event, this story is a good one.