Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Mind Robber

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  1. I see that the painted backdrop used for one of the walls in the Tardis has returned. I've seen it before in some of the reconstructions, but it's never stood out quite so much for me as it has here. Maybe that's just because it's onscreen for longer, but it really is a touch obvious that it's just a painted bit of canvas.

    I really enjoyed the first episode of The Mind Robber. Like The Edge of Destruction it's a bottle show, but with the notable exception of being good. The spooky appearance of the White Tardis. The Tardis Exploding. The console floating in space. Zoe's beautiful arse in a figure-hugging catsuit.

    Hemhem. Yes. Moving on.

    Unfortunately, after the odd first episode (written and shot, I believe, because they needed to fill an empty space with what happened to be available due to The Dominators running short), the rest of the story is pretty pedestrian. It's surreal and slow, and just not intriguing enough to make up for the longeurs, Zoe's catsuit or no.

    The episode one cliffhanger getout is the Doctor refusing to believe something is real. The episode two cliffhanger getout is Zoe and Jamie stating that the unicorn is not real. Repetition. Dullness.

    Although episodes three and four perk up a bit, the story as a whole seems to be predicated on the question "What fun with fictional characters shall we have today, then?" rather than having anything more to it than that.

    The Master says that only an Earthman has the power to write fiction (which seems unlikely, but let it slide...) and giving further evidence that the Doctor comes from Earth. Evidence that will be profoundly ignored in the future, but let that take care of itself.

    I think the only other thing to really say about this is that, despite all the oddness and surreality, it's actually an invasion of Earth story, with the Master's plan being to clear the place out first by turning all the people thereon into fictional characters.

    But, like the rest of the story, we never really find out why.