My friend Charles commutes to London and noticed this in the free paper they give out across the rail network.
Apparently Daleks kidnapped someone at Westminster…
I’m looking forward to this a lot… I just hope it lives up to expectations. I was quite surprised to hear they’ve cast Patrick Troughton!
I know! I shall reserve judgement until I’ve seen Sheersmith in action, but I do wish Gatiss would go outside his old boys’ network. (Mind you, how he keeps getting writing gigs is beyond me. His work on Who is crap.)
As you say it’s who you know. He is best mates with Steven Moffat. Even his Sherlock in the last series was the weakest. I was a big fan of his Dickens episode, but Russell T Davies has made many illusions as to how much he himself re-wrote (without writing credit) the scripts of others, so you never know how much was the named writer. I think the Gatiss Dalek story has been the weakest all round.
Yes. I seem to remember ‘The Beast Below’ wasn’t a great episode, but it’s cleverly sequenced so it appears just before ‘Victory of the Daleks’. After the spitfires in space, I’m prepared to forgive Moffat for just about anything.
I didn’t like the Beast Below because it had a very rushed ending. I saw a repeat recently and there is a lot of good stuff in it and it holds up better on repeated viewing. I think that and the Daleks that followed suffered from budget cuts as some of that series came in at very odd short times.
My problem with Daleks is that the timing is all off. Spitfires that exist as a theoretical concept that can be airborne and AT THE SURFACE OF THE MOON within twenty minutes of the Professor plucking them out of his brain? It’s lazy, sloppy writing. As a resolution, it’s unforgivable. The Doctor’s bluff with the jammy dodger is stretched to breaking point; it’s as if Gatiss said “Ooh, I need another page of dialogue here but really can’t think of what to write, so I’ll have the Doctor wave a biscuit around for a minute and a half.” I shall stop there because I’m tentatively working on a Worst of New Who post and that one is, I think, going to make the list.
The one thing I do like is the Dalek serving tea. I had that as my morning alarm for some weeks. (It’s now Sheldon Cooper.)
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