On Sun, 09 Sep 2012 07:38:04 -0700
Post by anim8rFSK Post by The Doctor
Highly rate this 9/10 !!
This is really good. I was expecting a 4 to Doomsday type story.
The Doctor enlists Neferiti , Riddell and the Pond-Williams
to preserve a ship in 2367 AD from Indian missile.
The ship the Size of Canada?
Sigh. One of the few big stupids in this ep; they gave the size of
the ship as if it were flat.
One of the FEW? This plot was so full of holes that you could have
ridden a dinosaur through it.
Why was the ship only just returning? It's been millions of years since
the dinosaurs were wiped out, that's rather a long time for forward
planning and if they did intend to return why not just go for a few
laps around the solar system? - after all the reason for the Silurians
panicking was that they thought the moon was going to crash into the
I'm sure they said they were waiting until it got to 10,000KM before
trying to blow it up, which ties in with a comment about the
atmosphere. That's an absurdly close distance, the explosion required
would have a disastrous impact if it was large enough to vaporise the
spaceship otherwise the breakup of the spaceship would have caused a
similar level of damage. And speaking of which, I think there were less
than 10 missiles to blow up something the size of Canada. OK they may
have been extraordinarily powerful but that's still a lot of debris to
come crashing down given how close they were waiting. But the missiles
clearly impacted when the spaceship was still some distance from the
atmosphere. Oh yeah, and why no self-destruct when they knew the Doctor
And is it me or has the Doctor become a lot more blaise about letting
"bad people" get killed so that they can be saved? He could just have
easily taken him on board and still released the ship to divert the
missiles. Not a very positive message to be sending to the kiddies is
Did they explain why the dinosaurs were freely wandering around
the ship potentially causing untold damage? Considering Solomon regarded
them as valuable you'd have thought he wouldn't have released them and I
doubt the Silurians would have let them roam free? And if they got free
before then how did they manage to survive for so long?
What sort of ship designers build a control system that requires two
operators with matching "gene chains"? If all of the crew had the same
gene chain why bother requiring it to match? If not, what were the rest
of the crew meant to do in an emergency situation, unless the selection
process included matching pairs - which seems to be a lot of trouble to
go to unless they expected the ship to be hijacked. Oh, sorry, silly me
it was to provide a reason to include the Harry Potter guest star as
Rory's dad. Remind me again how the TARDIS can materialise around a
larger physical area than the part that extrudes into normal space? as
Rory, Amy and the dad were clearly wider apart than the size of a
police box capable of holding one person, and the dad was on a
stepladder putting his head above the top of the box.
Wasn't it lucky that the Doctor decided to pick up the hunter bloke at
random before he even knew there would be any animals involved.
Nefertiti being along you can explain - although I always thought she
was pretty enamoured of being worshipped so don't see why she would
throw that away - but if he was picking up Rory and Amy then why bother
with him? And why would Nefertiti have decided to stay with him at the
A machine that knows the worth of everything in the universe, and time
to date: how else would it know Nefertiti was valuable? Seriously,
there are whole rooms in the British Museum containing uncatalogued
artefacts. The sheer scale of work would be unimaginable, as would the
storage requirements and especially on a ship the size of Solomons. I'm
guessing it not knowing about the Doctor is supposed to be something
significant. I did liked the twist of him appearing to know about the
Doctor but really just assuming he was a medical doctor.
And wasn't it convenient that the only internal transporter that
burned out after use was the one that placed the team in the dual
danger of pterydactls and meeting the guard robots. And did I seriously
hear the Doctor say that they were using tide-power on a spaceship?
Anyone with any basic science education knows that the tides are caused
by the gravitational interaction of the Earth and the Moon - how is that
supposed to work on a spaceship?
And don't get me started on the attempt at a comedy duo with the
robots. Do all these famous guest stars take reduced fees to star in
Doctor Who, otherwise why bother paying Mitchell and Webb to provide
the voices when two unknowns would have been just as effective for a
fraction of the cost. Reminds me of the awful last few series with
the likes of Kenn Dodd and Alexei Sayle. And I see they suffer from the
Hollywood affliction of bad guys not being able to hit a barn door - or
in this case a dinosaur - from a 100 meters away.
I don't mind the odd stretch of logic or physics where it is internally
consistent for the story but I hate it when it is done as a lazy way to
allow a plot point to be included. And I especially dislike it when the
whole premise of the plot makes no sense, and this falls squarely into
Post by anim8rFSK
The shot with Rory's Dad sitting on the stoop of the TARDIS with his
lunchbox ranks up there in the finest of all WHO moments.
Have to admit that this was a pretty good moment - even though I still
don't like the ret-con of being able to open the TARDIS doors whilst it
is in flight.