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2.05 Rise of the Cybermen

When I saw Roger Lloyd-Pack coming down the stairs into the bar last month, I had no idea I'd be seeing him in Doctor Who just a few weeks later...and that can only be a good thing. I much prefer to think of him as poor harmless Trigs, rather than mad invalid scientist.

Hmmm, Cybermen. Shiny new scary Cybermen. Although, scary? I was much more afraid of them in the old days, when they were so obviously extras in silver lycras. Still, they look really spiffy in their 21st century Robocop 'exoskeletons'. Bit hard to understand what they're saying, though. Need a bit of work on the old voice box.

Would real streetwise homeless people really fall for the 'there's food and drink in the back of this huge lorry'-ploy? Loved the shot of the saw and pincers, and the sounds of The Lion Sleeps Tonight drowning out the screams of the victims.

Best bit: Mickey in his underpants. Boy, that boy is fit!

Speaking of Mickey -- he was the best thing in this episode. Liked that he got a bit of a backstory, liked that he went off on his own and had an adventure, and liked that he had Mona Hammond for a grandmother...but that street she lived on? Didn't look like any street in London I've ever seen.

The TARDIS, dead? Nah, that can't be. Never! Oh good, one tiny spark remains, and all The Doctor has to do is blow on it. He just gave away 10 years of his life, but what's 10 years to him? He's already close to his 1,000th birthday.

He didn't exactly do much this time, did he, that Doctor?



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May. 13th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything you said.
Micky so cute in his pants,fantastic performance,he really carried the episode.

I thought the Cybermen`s voices where a bit quite,I think they where going for the old skool sound,but it just sounded off.
He didn't exactly do much this time, did he, that Doctor?

Yeah,not much there.He lacked a lot of emotion in this.
May. 13th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
He lacked a lot of emotion in this

DT, bless him, he did try: when he was discussing the demise of the Time Lords with Mickey. Still, he's no CE, and he doesn't do sad quite as well... Also, they left? What kind of a euphemism is that?

I tell you one thing that really gets my goat with his Doctor: hi constant mistreatment of the TARDIS. In Tooth and Claw, he was gleefully banging on the console with a hammer, and in tonight's episode, he was kicking her! The more I see him do that, the less I like him.
May. 13th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
He`s too rigid,about all the time war stuff.
I would like to se him really loose it at some point,like he has been building up all these repressed emotions,explain the lack of expression.

He does get a bit out of hand with the TARDIS,not as caring as he was.
May. 13th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
Best bit: Mickey in his underpants.

That was exactly my reaction. :)
May. 13th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
A perfect freeze frame moment, for when I have the download official BBC dvd-box! ;-)
May. 13th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Would real streetwise homeless people really fall for the 'there's food and drink in the back of this huge lorry'-ploy?

Yeah, the ones I do volunteer work with probably would. Most of them anyway! Remember they've generally drunk loads of cider and/or have mental problems. Also they don't like to shop for food 'cos they've got their priorities right. ;)

Didn't look like any street in London I've ever seen.

Turns out it was Cardiff. I too was impressed by Mickey in his underpants - who'd have thought? LOL
May. 14th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm suddenly seeing Mickey in a whole new light...and hope that his suddenly acquiring a backstory doesn't mean he's for the chop, like it so often does in television.
May. 14th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
I like the fact it's a two-parter .. I miss the omghe'sgonnadiecuethecredits endings of my youth :)
May. 14th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
I like that it's a two-parter, too -- my main gripe with the one-story episodes is that they cram too many plotlines in, and inevitably fail to do them justice in the time remaining.
May. 15th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
also.. a parallel London with Zeppellins? Takes me right into a Jasper Fforde novel.

Good writers borrow...

and HE probably nicked it from someone else too!
May. 14th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Roger Lloyd Pack! Takes me back to a friday night not too long ago :D
May. 14th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
And me! What a night that was; Roger Lloyd-Pack, Richard Wilson, Joe McFadden, Alan Rickman and us all in the same place at the same time -- whoever would've thunk that?
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