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marika
January 4th 08, 03:28 AM
"marika" > wrote in message news:...
> Wow.
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> I better get caught up on my Whoviana.
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> P.S. Obviously, the U.K. is at least one full season ahead of the Sci-Fi
> Channel.
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>>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>From: [Doctor Who Online]
>>Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 18:28:37 GMT
>>Subject: New Earth - A Review by Sebastian J. Brook
>>To:
>>
>>Hello everyone, below is my review of New Earth. It's quite long, and
>>feel
>>free to correct me e.t.c. Let me know what you think.
>>----------------------------------
>>
>>New Earth - A Review
>>By Sebastian J. Brook
>>
>>The anticipation is over; at last Episode One of Series Two has aired.
>>So
>>what did we think of it? Well, the deluge of footage which followed the
>>
>>Press Launch on March 28th, was all shown in the first 10 minutes of
>>the
>>episode, making the viewer excited at the prospect of what could happen
>>over
>>the 35 minutes that followed. There is something so exhilarating about
>>seeing something you know very little about. Just think about the
>>number of
>>times we have gone to see a movie, where we know what happens, because
>>of a
>>friend or a magazine article. The gems of Doctor Who, have been kept a
>>closely guarded secret, with mere flashes of the jewels within, flashed
>>
>>before our eyes.
>>
>>It is a wonder how, in this day and age, a production team, can keep
>>such a
>>big project as Doctor Who is, under wraps, but then again, this isn't
>>any
>>old production team.
>>
>>Last year we saw a northern Doctor, a cockney side-kick, a whole medley
>>of
>>new monster, as well as the return of a few old ones. We saw drama, as
>>it
>>has never been shown before in Doctor Who. Perhaps, the greatest of
>>all, was
>>the truth that the new series had. Through all the acting and
>>production,
>>the stories were rooted with an underlying truth and believability,
>>which
>>really helped to set up our personal belief in Series Two.
>>
>>The adventure starts with the "new new Doctor" entering the TARDIS and
>>tinkering about with the console. We then cut to see Rose saying
>>goodbye to
>>her mother, and loyal on/off boyfriend Mickey - a nice touch, which
>>roots
>>the show with further believability. Rose enters the TARDIS, and asks
>>where
>>they are going, to which the Doctor replies "Further than we've ever
>>gone
>>before" - a nice echo of Episode Two of Season One, where the 9th
>>Doctor
>>says the same thing to Rose.
>>
>>The titles roll, and the words "David Tennant" fill the screen in big
>>text,
>>almost as if it had always been there. The episode proper, starts with
>>The
>>Doctor and Rose emerging from The TARDIS onto a seaside cliff-scape. We
>>are
>>told it is the year 5,000,000,023, and that they are on New Earth. A
>>futuristic city lies beyond the sea in front of them, as cars fly over
>>their
>>heads. Apple grass lies beneath there feet (another nice touch that
>>adds to
>>the believability of this alien world). There is a touching line from
>>Rose
>>when she says "Oh I love this. Can I just say. Travelling with you. I
>>love
>>it!". You really get a feeling that The Doctor is back and that Rose is
>>over
>>the whole regeneration thing.
>>
>>Unbeknownst to them, The Doctor and Rose are being watched. We cut to
>>"Chip"
>>a humanoid figure with strange henna-type markings, peering though a
>>crystal
>>ball. He states that Rose is a "pureblood human". We then see one of
>>the
>>Spider robots from "The End of the World" tracking them. We hear the
>>familiar tones of Cassandra as she recognises Rose. The scene cuts back
>>to
>>the Doctor and Rose, where The Doctor suggests going to the local
>>hospital,
>>after picking up a message on his psychic paper that reads: "Ward 26.
>>Please
>>Come.".
>>
>>They walk through the doors of the hospital, which truly look like it
>>belongs in the year 5,000,000,023. There is a subtle dig at the NHS
>>from
>>Rose, which was quite funny, and yet totally true. Little touches like
>>help
>>us to buy the story, by reminding the viewer that we are not on Earth
>>anymore. This is only further helped by the appearance of Cat Nuns,
>>which
>>happen to have some of the best make up and prosthetics in Doctor Who
>>history.
>>
>>The Doctor then enters a lift and asks it to take him to Ward 26, the
>>doors
>>close behind him, leaving Rose to catch the next one. A hilarious scene
>>
>>follows, in which they both get drenched by the lifts in-built
>>disinfection
>>system. The Doctor clearly enjoys this process, unlike Rose, who is
>>genuinely shocked by the whole process. Rose's lift has been
>>over-ridden by
>>Chip, who instead of sending her up with the Doctor, has sent her down.
>>Rose
>>is then lured into Cassandra's domain in the depths of the hospital.
>>
>>Meanwhile The Doctor is led into the room where The Face of Boe is
>>sleeping.
>>He is informed that Boe is dying. We cut back to Rose who is welcomed
>>into
>>Cassandra's domain, by a video-reel of footage from the time before
>>Cassandra transformed into the "Bitchy Trampoline". Rose suddenly
>>realises
>>that it is Cassandra and is understandably wary. Cassandra informs Rose
>>that
>>it was here that someone said she was beautiful for the last time. We
>>then
>>learn how Cassandra survived after her explosion in "The End of the
>>World".
>>Without giving it a way, lets just say it has a very simple and yet
>>clever
>>explanation.
>>
>>Rose then springs the trap that Cassandra has placed for her, and
>>Cassandra
>>takes over Rose's body, and on realization exclaims the utterly
>>memorable
>>line: "Oh my God! I'm a Chav!" - A line which would never have appeared
>>in
>>Hartnell's time as The Doctor.
>>
>>We cut back to The Doctor being informed about a prophecy of a "great
>> secret" that will be imparted on The Face of Boe's dying breath, to a
>>wanderer like himself. Again we cut back to Rose or rather Cassandra
>>admiring her new human frame, to comic effect. Cassandra can access
>>Rose's
>>surface memory and realises The Doctor has a new face - calling him a
>>hypocrite as she walks off exclaiming that she must get the name of his
>>
>>surgeon. The Doctor rings Rose's mobile. Cassandra (in Rose's body)
>>asks
>>chip how Rose would speak, to which he replies cockney. Rose then talks
>>in
>>cockney rhyming slang to The Doctor, which, in turn, has some of the
>>funniest lines of the whole adventure.
>>
>>We cut back to The Doctor and are introduced to the character of Matron
>>Casp
>>(one of the Cat Nuns). She is ushered off by another Cat Nun who
>>informs her
>>that one of the patients is conscious, to which she replies "we can't
>>have
>>that". It is at this point, we start to realise that something sinister
>>is
>>at work within the hospital. Later we see the two cats incinerating one
>>of
>>the conscious patients in the eerie green chambers.
>>
>>The Doctor and the possessed Rose are now reunited, and he instantly
>>picks
>>up on her accent. and then.. The Kiss! Yes, THAT kiss that has graced
>>the
>>pages of many a TV magazine. To be honest, it wasn't as we all thought.
>>It's
>>not the Doctor and Rose kissing, but Cassandra, exercising her new
>>body. It
>>was followed by an out of character remark by The Doctor, where he says
>>
>>"Still got it". As far as I was aware, he never had it? Funnily enough,
>>this
>>was the only niggle I had about the whole adventure, but it was a
>>niggle all
>>the same.
>>
>>They then enter "intensive care" (which at first looks surprisingly
>>like the
>>power station used in "Episode One: Rose" of Series One.). Then we see
>>the
>>eerie green chambers, which look a bit like the Cybermen Tombs from
>>"Tomb of
>>the Cybermen". I don't know if these were deliberate winks to the past,
>>but
>>they certainly reminded me of those two stories.
>>
>>The special effects of The Mill, can be seen in the wide shot of all
>>the
>>chambers, which really look quite stunning. It is in these chambers
>>that The
>>Doctor discovers that there are humans deliberately infected with every
>>
>>disease known to man - lab rats. This is closely followed by an
>>exchange
>>with one of the Cat Nuns, to which The Doctor, shows a touch of the
>>anger we
>>last saw in "Episode Six: Dalek" of Series One. He insists that
>>whatever
>>they have done to Rose, had better be reversed, to which the nun denies
>>any
>>involvement. After being caught out Cassandra reveals to The Doctor
>>that she
>>has taken over Rose's body. She then sprays the Doctor with her
>>"perfume"
>>and he passes out.
>>
>>The Doctor awakens in one of the green chambers, with Cassandra (as
>>Rose)
>>antagonising him with the ways she has thought of killing him. She
>>tells
>>him, that he has approximately three minutes before his chamber is
>>pumped
>>full of every disease known to man.
>>
>>She is then interrupted by the Cat Nuns, whom she tries to bribe into
>>giving
>>her money. After a failed attempt she resorts to "plan B" which
>>involves
>>opening all the green chambers, which in turn releases the
>>zombie-esque,
>>disease-ridden humans. The Doctor is released as the doors open, and
>>what
>>follows, quickly becomes a game of escape the zombies.
>>
>>One might be excused for thinking it might not work, but it does. Sure,
>>some
>>of them have the typical "arms out" pose, but this is explained as they
>>
>>merely want to have contact with humans. Beneath the surrealism, lies
>>an
>>ironic, but yet sensical reality that draws the audience in further.
>>
>>We see one of the disease-ridden humans touch the Cat Nun, who
>>instantly
>>gets infected with a Mill-doused sprinkling of CGI-effects. We see Chip
>>
>>trying to escape the zombified humans, as he comically slides down a
>>waste
>>chute, and ends up locking himself in one of the empty green chambers.
>>
>>The Doctor and Cassandra (as Rose) find a room where they can briefly
>>talk,
>>and The Doctor orders Cassandra to leave Roses body, to which she then
>>enters The Doctor's with predictable, but yet hilarious results. This
>>happens back and forth a few times, but isn't overused, and certainly
>>doesn't
>>tire.
>>
>>At one point Cassandra possesses one of the diseased humans, and for
>>the
>>first time, (when she re-enters Rose's body) we see some humanity from
>>her
>>character. They then get back to Ward 26, where the Doctor assumes an
>>authoritarian position, and truly becomes the hero that I personally
>>think
>>was missing a little from Series One. What I mean by this, is that it
>>was
>>usually Rose, or someone else solving most of the situations in Series
>>One.
>>For example: Episode One - Rose saves the day by using her gymnastic
>>skills
>>to kick the auton carrying the anti-plastic into the nestene
>>consciousness.
>>Episode Two - Jabe gives her life to enable The Doctor to activate the
>>switch. Episode Three - Gwyneth gives her life to defeat the Gelth.
>>Episode
>>5 - Mickey activated the missile. Episode 6 - Rose liaises with the
>>Dalek to
>>stop killing people. E.t.c. So as you can see, it's nice to see The
>>Doctor
>>who we all know and love, do what he is best at - saving the day. He
>>does
>>this by strapping rope to himself and attaching all the intravenous
>>solutions for all the diseases. We then see a wonderful action scene
>>where
>>The Doctor and Cassandra (as Rose) slide down the lift shaft to the
>>bottom.
>>It is here that The Doctor adds the solutions to the lifts disinfectant
>>
>>pool. He bravely encourages the diseased humans (waiting below) to
>>enter the
>>lift, where they are sprayed with the cure. The Doctor then encourages
>>them
>>to spread the cure by passing it on, in a tag like fashion.
>>
>>David Tennant's Doctor then gives a brief speech about these new sub
>>humans
>>that he has saved, in a very Tom Baker-esque fashion, which was very
>>pleasing to watch. We then cut to the NNYPD (New New York Police
>>Department)
>>arresting the remaining Cat Nuns.
>>
>>The Doctor then realises he has forgotten about The Face of Boe, and
>>runs to
>>him. There then follows a rewarding scene, that also has traces of
>>Doctor
>>Who past, where Boe, telepathically informs The Doctor that he will
>>meet him
>>for the third and final time and tell him his great secret. Boe then
>>teleports, and is gone. And just like The Doctor says - it is
>>enigmatic.
>>
>>Chip reveals himself to be alive and well (for the time-being). The
>>Doctor
>>insists that Cassandra now leave Rose's body. She sees her chance and
>>enters
>>Chip's body. You could tell that the actor playing Chip really enjoyed
>>playing the Cassandra-ized version of himself. But alas we soon learn
>>that
>>Chip is dying. It's actually quite a touching scene, with some
>>particularly
>>good acting from the actor playing Chip.
>>
>>The Doctor says there is one last thing he can do. He then takes
>>Cassandra
>>(as Chip), back to the time that we saw her in the video footage, as
>>her
>>human form. He tells Chip to "go, and don't look back". This has to be
>>my
>>favourite scene in the whole story, as Russell T. Davies' genius shines
>>
>>through in spades. It turns out that Chip was the one who told
>>Cassandra
>>that she was beautiful for the last time, and it is here that he (and
>>the
>>Cassandra from the future) dies in Cassandra's arms. I like to think
>>that
>>maybe it changed Cassandra for the better... Maybe it did?
>>
>>Overall it was a great story. Not the strongest to begin a brand new
>>season
>>with, but it was new new Doctor Who! "New Earth", definitely feels like
>>a
>>continuation of "The End of the World". The writing is very indicative
>>of
>>the latter, and there is a feeling of familiarity with the setting.
>>
>>A tremendous job by all those involved. Although incomparable to
>>classics
>>such as Genesis of the Daleks, it firmly has its place in modern who,
>>and I
>>feel that this isn't the last we've seen of the year 5 billion.
>>
>>
>>Kindest Regards,
>>
>>--
>>Sebastian J. Brook
>>Site Editor
>>Doctor Who Online
>>
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