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TIMEFLIGHT(spoilers about Kalid)
I expected to hate this, still reeling from the death of Adric. I hated it back when I first saw it and may hate eps2 to 4 but I don't hate this first ep. I still hate the casual way the Doc is like, "Well I planned something to cheer us up," and "Adric wouldn't want us to mourn unnessaricly." How the F would he know? If anything I think Adric would want them to remember him. Anyway the rest if well made, well filmed and feels like a modern day UNIT story, at least at the outset. Davison is again a Doctor in over his head and holds almost no weight or presence. He's kinda the lamest thing in the story thus far to be honest. I love Nyssa's "Doctor, you've done it again." But I don't get the two girls going on about their stupid holiday when people are missing. Bloody selfish idiots.
Anyway, the TARDIS being loaded onto the plane, the snow around the actual location, the crews' reactions to the Doctor and the TARDIS, the TARDIS being on its side in a plane that the Doctor says is amazing becaues it's aactually smaller inside than out, all add up to an enjoyable first part.
Yes, the story is a lot like THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode, FLIGHT something or other DOES NOT ANSWER even down to the plane going over a Brontosaurus time zone (this being DW we dn't get to see one dino at all, just have the Doctor tell them to watch out for one). Shouldn't they have seen SOME life forms though or has the Ma...eh, Kalid gotten rid of the dinos in this area?
Kalid: the alien being behind this looks marvelous and I defy anyone to tell me they really knew who he really was under all that make up! I d idn't. It didn't even look like Anthony Ainley!Marvelous make up job and marvelous acting by Ainley to cover up his voice.
The first part is pretty good and Davison and Fielding mock the whole set but what did they expect. It's DW. Frankly I think it all looks pretty good, better than I remembered and fairly strange and distant, remote, forboding. One thing? Shouldn't that citadel be around today or does it get destroyed later on? Who knows? For one thing the cliffhanger and the monsters look different enough and the cliffhanger is fairly fast...
Okay the Plamatons: I thought they had snake arms or something. Anyway they DO look like giant TURDS but whatever. A good episode despite the missed oppurtunity for some real emotion that just started to happen. But this looks good.