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