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17Dec/111

Caves and Twins: Bad Wolf

Big Brother in Doctor Who? A bravura piece of work and no mistake. Plus all the other game-show motifs, the girl who sang the Red Dwarf theme tune and the culmination of the Bad Wold storyline.

Promising eh? Well, that depends on your point of view. It was on telly again recently so I watched it for the first time in years.

Caves

Eccleston - This is one of Eccleston's best episodes: baffled, worried, flirtatious, playful – the Ninth Doctor is believable and Doctorish here, shorn of much of the goonish mugging from several other stories.

Jack - Jack works really well here as a cheeky, boys-own hero – albeit a randy bi hero – flirting with the robot Trinny and Susannah. His is by far the best bit of the games.

Gamestation - A nice concept that is done pretty well; nicely satirical reveal and a little dig at television trends that were pretty new at that point.

The Controller - A disturbing sci-fi element

Bad Wolf - The creeping realisation that Bad Wolf has been following the TARDIS team around time and space is atmospheric, sinister and well-played.

Daleks - Doing that they do best, the Daleks are cunning puppet-masters here and much more interesting than they subsequently were in any NuWho appearances. And a gigantic Dalek fleet and the ship interiors are a real treat for fans.

Dialogue - RTD at his best. "You have got to be kidding'; Jack's stiff, 'bear with me' - all amusing.

100 years of Hell - The Doctor comes face-to-face with the ramifications of his actions

Direction - There's some really nice, off-the-wall stuff here; lots of close-ups, unusual angles, tracking shots. The reveal of the Daleks is particularly well done.

The next time trailer - action, threat, revelation, questions... surely they weren't going to fuck this up?

Twins

The speech - Should've been Doc Nine's defining speech but I don't think it works

The music - Not too bad on the whole but any dramatic action sequences are not scored well

Paterson Joseph - A very good actor saddled with a quite appalling accent

12Apr/111

Those Doctor Who deaths in full

So, Steven Moffat has been busy teasing the new series of Doctor Who with the claim that someone among the main cast will kark it bigstyle. Ooh! Who will it be?

Well, if the previous six years are anything to go by, it won't be anyone. So often has death been teased, both within the show and by production members, that it's turned into the boy who cried Bad Wolf.

I don't see this is the innocent bit of fun it might otherwise be portrayed as, because every time someone says 'X is definitely going to die' then gets out of it with a silly swerve or bit of magic fairy dust it rather damages the credibility of the show.

Which is why Iraise a bit of an eyebrow at Moffat's claims this time. What's it going to be? River Song regenerates? The Doctor dies but is brought back to life by Amy's lust monster? Rory dies but becomes a Yeti? Amy 'dies' because she's technically listed as 'dead' in some official sodding records?

I suspect this time one of the four main cast is about to shuffle off their mortal coil, with no cheats or comebacks. But even that will be reduced by the many, many 'dies and then comes back to life' or 'doesn't die in first place' tricks the show has pulled on us of late.

Think I'm overdoing it? Well have a butchers at the list below. You'll die laughing. Or not.

Doctor Who undead list

Season 1
Jack
Jack gets exterminated
Result: Didn't die

Season 2
Rose
"This is the story of how I died"
Result: Didn't die

Season 3
Jack
Electrocuted. Dies
Result: Doesn't die

Season 3
Jack
Shot. Dies
Result: Doesn't die

Season 3
The Master
Refuses to regenerate. Dies.
Result: Doesn't die

Xmas special
Astrid
Falls down liftshaft, or something. Dies
Result: Doesn't die

Season 4
The Doctor
Massive regeneration tease: "I'm regenerating!"
Result: Didn't regenerate

Season 4
Donna
"There's something on your back" "I'm sorry, you're going to die"
Result: Didn't die

Season 5
Rory
Zapped by old woman's breath. Dies.
Result: didn't die.

Season 5
Rory
Shot by Silurians, dies
Result: Didn't die

Season 5
Amy
Shot by Auton Rory, dies
Result: Didn't die

Season 5
The Doctor
Gets exterminated. Dies. Dies in some sort of sun + end of universe + beginning of time cataclysm
Result: Didn't die

You can have The Daleks too, since the very last Dalek seems to die every single story they're in, although that always seemed to be true of the Master and the Daleks in the good old days too.

Hat-tip: Hellyer

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