Delta and the Bannermen
Okay I have to confess I'm partial to this story. Yeah it has faults: I mean just what ARE the men of the Chimeron race? They have no mouths yet talk, they're green and unattractive as far as I can see and yet...honestly from this episode (and I'm not alone, see and check out ABOUT TIME 6 and fan fic and fan articles) I'd say that Delta was ...up to something just as nasty as the Bannermen to insure her race was continuing...maybe the females use males as drones to have children, to protect them, and then they eat them or something...i don't know, none of that is proved but...it's very creepy, Delta and Billy (at a second's notice she falls in love with him or rather he with her). Perhaps somehow she's controlling him, phermones and smells and body chemistry and all that. I mean he might be gay...he hasn't taken notice of Ray at all. Ray. Oh dear. Thankfully she didn't become a companion. She's okay for this one adventure though and is tolerable. Oh and while we're on Ray (!) just WHAT is it that the Doctor says to her when saying one of his stupid mixed up proverbs, "There's many a cup between a tip and a lap, Ray..." WHAT?
The Doctor puts a fruit to his ear when a boy hands it to him to eat. That's odd. McCoy, to be honest, does some really annoying things that begin here. He rolls his Rs again, uses more proverb mixtures again---in PARADISE he didn't do it at all. He mumbles. For Peter's Sake, Man, ENUNCIATE! Speak loudly and clearly you dolt! I'ts a very annoying habit of his in almost all the remaining stories. I need subtitles but unfortunately a great bulk of his first two seasons are not out on DVD (gee, I wonder why). He also races through lines so fast, I can hardly hear him.
Some fans hate this story but like the future stuff that...seems to borrow from it. There's a lot to this story though and alot of stuff we'll see more of in future. Although both songs of Glenn Miller's are in REVELATION OF THE DALEKS that are also in THE EMPTY CHILD and THE DOCTOR DANCES, it is here that mood pieces and period songs are used to create a past in the...uhm, past. And finally we are in the past again...1959. We shall see more of his in THE EMPTY CHILD and THE DOCTOR DANCES and oh, the Doctor dances here and in both the novel and tv story HUMAN NATURE, where there's a great big dance, too. And lest I forget, the bus (PLANET OF THE DrEAD) tour hitting the satellite reminds me a bit of VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED...only it has the good sense in DELTA not to go on for 90 more minutes and have its antagonist come on board just before disaster hits the "bus" for good.
Delta, the baby, the camp Shangrela or however you spell that crap, the Bannermen, the bus tour aliens, the bounty hunter, even Mel...are all well placed if not totally explained yet if ever. It makes for an entertaining ep however did we really need Weismuller and Hawk? For? I also like a double cliffhanger, it's been a long time since we had one that was this effective and moody and the bounty hunter is a calm kind of killer. I like that, for once we get that type of killer rather than a shouting raving ranting lunatic (like some of my posts?!). There is an awful lot going on in this story and this might be the first three parters in a long long time (EDGE OF DESTRUCTION?). All in all, an improvement and the best ep since...CAVES OF ANDROZANI part four. Still, if you were a non fan watching this (or PARADISE before it, I can see you scratching your head wonderning what was going on, wondering why anyone cared about it, and thinking it was all a bit silly at times, retarded at others and just for hardcore fans...who might just be crazy to want to watch this!).