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Jun. 4th, 2006

It appears that my back might be fucked. Couple that with not much good sleep Fri/Sat[0] night (and tonight by the feel of things). I'm seriously consdiering making tomorrow a sickie if I don't improve. The stupid thing is, whenever I get ill, I become a whiny pile of shite, always apologising for being crap and generally not spending any time concentrating on how to improve my situation. I dislilke this as much as I dislike being ill, but I don't know of any obvious cure for it beyond better self control.

In other news, I have Ghostlight and Remembrance of the Daleks on DVD. Both are as good as I remember, though I pitch Ghost Light slightly higher (from an old-series fan point of view, I wouldn't recommend watching it if you can't concentrate or haven't seen anything but the recent series), but both are damn fine. And have Sophie Aldred. Mmmmm.

Speaking of the Doc, thoughts on The Impossible Planet.[1]

Not bad, definitely one of the series' high-points so far, but again with just enough niggle that I'd probably have forgiven if Ecclestone were in the starring role. Then again, I had that with the Cybermen 2-parter when they effectively ignored some of the classic series just to get rid of that annoying hanger-on git[2]. But anyway.

This is what the Doom movie should have been. In fact, if the pit doesn't have a Cyberdemon at the bottom, and the Doctor doesn't go batshit insane with a BFG, I'll be a bit pissed off. It's very traditional "Satan In Space", a fairly common sci-fi trope. The first half was better than Event Horizon or Doom, and as a first half it was up to scratch with The Empty Child. So what niggled?

The sets. The fucking sets that could have been lifted from Doom or Aliens or whatever SF/Horror movie you care to name. So we're supposed to believe that at $BIGNUM years in the future we've got computer voice recognition down pat and can monitor telepathic field strengths and project holographic displays, but we're still living in bases we could have built in the real world five years ago? Hell, it looks more old-fashioned than the Vogon ship in the Hitchikers' TV series. Yes, something shot twenty five years ago looks more futuristic than these sets. And yes, that pisses me off.

Other than that, here's hoping Rose's desire for mundanity means we're losing her. Please. She's hung around too long, time to find someone else to install in the TARDIS.

But yes. So far standard SF/Horror that could either go really really well or really really shite depending on what's in that pit.

[2]: They ruled out the cross-parallel jumps that were the legacy of Tom Baker's last adventure (the Logopolitan progran should have kept the CVE's open far beyond the destruction of Logopolis itself, considering they were dumping entropy).

But enough of that. My back's calling me away.

[0]: Friday because of the most vivid nightmares I've had in several years. Saturday because of my back.
[1]: People desirous of no spoilers and too stupid to use BitTorrent should not read this.

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blinovitch
Jun. 4th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
[2]: They ruled out the cross-parallel jumps that were the legacy of Tom Baker's last adventure (the Logopolitan progran should have kept the CVE's open far beyond the destruction of Logopolis itself, considering they were dumping entropy).

In The Age of Steel, two episodes gone now, the Doctor says cross-parallel travel used to be possible, but no longer. The implication is it's a consequence of the Time War. Works for me.
digitalraven
Jun. 5th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
That's precisely the bit I mean. The question then becomes how the fuck a Time War got rid of the Logopolitan Program (Logopolis, 1981), and given that, how the universe is still going. The point of the program is that the universe is long past the point it should have died a heat-death, but the Logopolitans keep it running by dumping entropy into parallel realities. These entropy-sinks are how cross-parallel travel has happened before.

It irks me when they wave away the last $BIGNUM years of continuity without a care.
blinovitch
Jun. 5th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Right, I've seen Logopolis and the whole E-Space trilogy as well.

I'm sure anyone can come up with a way to reconcile CVEs preventing heat death with the new "no cross-parallel travel" rule, but I'm willing to suspect there's something coming up about it. Why bother to make it such an overt element of the plot, if it wasn't going to have repercussions beyond those two episodes?

I guess I'm just saying we should chill out, wait and see.There're four more episodes to go. If this season's structure follows the last, the boys in silver will be back.
digitalraven
Jun. 5th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
Point. RTD is nothing if not predictable.
galaxy_girl00
Jun. 5th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
I'm assuming you spotted the Legend style deamon's head that popped up briefly during one scene. I'm really not going to be happy if it is just a copy of that Devil.
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