Friday, August 22, 2014

Doctor Who--"Aliens of London"

Ah, the infamous Farting Aliens of London. The reputation of this and the following episode preceded itself to this side of the pond. So did an offhand comment made by Rose (‘You’re so gay!”) to the doctor upon complaining about being slapped by her mother. In all honesty, I didn’t catch whether the comment was left in. I suspect it was not, considering the touchy state of sexual politics in the United States. If there is a sharper out there than mine that caught it, I will gladly stand corrected.

The episode begin as the Doctor takes Rose back to the present day, supposedly 12 hours after they initially left. Instead, they return 12 months later to discover Rose’s mother has begun a missing person’s campaign to find her and her boyfriend, Mickey, has been suspected of murdering her. Rose is upset she can’t explain things to the two of them, but her moping is interrupted by a spaceship which smashes into Big Ben and makes a splashdown in the Thames. London is in a panic and gets locked tight by the military. With the Prime Minister missing and the Cabinet caught in gridlock, a relatively low level m MP, Joseph Green (a comment on Gordon Brown, maybe?), becomes the acting Prime Minister. Unfortunately, he and several of his associates are the farting aliens in disguise. Through several machinations, they take everyone, including rose’s mother hostage. To be continued.

As I have admitted before, I don’t have much of a history with the Doctor, but I do recall a scene from the 1996 movie in which the Doctor emerges through some metal doors which was reminiscent of a scene tonight in which what is assumed to be one of the crashed aliens breaks through a door, a terrifying a lab technician. I don’t know if that was an intended homage or not. For what it is worth, I assume this is the first cliffhanger since 1989, to boot. Bifty episode, all things considered. I don’t think the cast has hit it’ stride just yet. They don’t seem to really have all the quirks and the feel of what Doctor Who is all about. Buz is that comes later in the season. I’ll wait.

Rating: *** (out of 5)

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