Monday, June 11, 2007

"This is my timey-wimey detector. Goes 'ding' when there's stuff."

"Night of the Street Mimes"! I see what you're doing here, Mr Moffat - not making children scared of statues after all, but making them scared of those people who paint themselves silver and stand around on boxes not moving. An entirely noble and laudable cause.

For this episode, another tennish 9 or ninish 10 I think. Fantastic concepts and fantastic execution - I particularly like the fact that the Angels being "quantum locked" by anyone observing them includes us, the viewers (and themselves, of course - they must have a hell of a time with reflective surfaces). Lovely characters as well, and some nice quiet woodwind music here and there. Still, I give Human Nature the edge, and that's due in no small part to the closing montage at the end of Blink.

I mean, is there really any point in effectively leaning out of the TV and saying, "Hey kids! There were scary statues in tonight's story, and there might be some statues near where you live! Wooooo!" The programme and the kids themselves do that anyway! That's what the playground is for! Did Spearhead From Space end with sinister music over a montage of high-street clothes stores? Did The Armageddon Factor end with Tom Baker punching Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev in the chops? Did The Two Doctors end with Colin Baker holding a steak in front of the camera and saying, "Meat - bad! Meat - bad!" One suspects the episode underran by a couple of minutes... But that aside, an excellent episode and so far an excellent second half-season. Doctor Who really should aspire to be this good every week.

Further bloggings on the weekend's activities to follow.

2 comments:

Skeeter said...

There's also the fact that several of the statues in said montage appear to be bronze not stone, which means that they're not angels at all but some weird other species forged rather than born...

Go on someone, make a fan fic out of that...

Siskoid said...

Funny, I really liked that montage. It's a total stylistic cheat, but it's great fun. Obviously, all those statues aren't angels. It' just a fun exercise in paranoia, and an illustration of Yeti-in-the-loo theory, essentially that in the Whoniverse, the most common, overlooked of things can be magical and/or horrific.

Of course, Spearhead didn't do the same with shopwindow dummies, but the new series is a different stylistic animal. It's a little like condemning stories for their editing because the Hartnell years did "all in one take".

Great closer, in my opinion, but you're entitled to yours.