Daily Archives: September 29, 2013
Reintroducing Part 1
Today, let’s talk about reintroducing from the original run to the current run.
Today, it’s The Ninth Doctor.
Technically because the show had been off the air for 16 years “Rose” is the “Unearthly Child” of the new run.
But this time instead of two school teachers following a mysterious student to a Junk yard you have shop girl on an ordinary day running across the unbelievable in the basement of her job and this strange man.
But like Hartnell, his particular interested in furthering their interest until it become necessary.
“It’s like when you’re a kid. The first time they tell you that the world’s turning and you just can’t quite believe it ’cause everything looks like it’s standin’ still. I can feel it. The turn of the Earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinnin’ at 1,000 miles an hour and the entire planet is hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour, and I can feel it. We’re fallin’ through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world, and if we let go… That’s who I am.”
Now bugger off, and forget about me.
Then after a trip to the future and the past and back to modern London in our favorite Trans-dimensional Police Box where we introduced the infinite possibilities of The TARDIS we head to a near future (at least then) and an old enemy awaits.
The reintroduction of a TV legend.
Just one lone Dalek. And the menace that it is.
Van Straten has a lot of fan boy toys in cases, but his pride and joy, is a Dalek. And he has no idea what he has.
The Doctor becomes unhinged by it.
Christopher Eccelston really sells it.
But the real fan boy moment comes when the Dalek levitates up the stairs.
True, it had done this in Remembrance of The Daleks but only a fan boy would have remembered that.
But the best scene in my opinion is when the Dalek is surrounded by troops. He levitates up, takes out the sprinkler system so it starts spraying water and then just shoots the water killing everyone very efficiently. That showed an evolution in Dalek on-screen thinking and menace.
I think Russel T. Davies was correct in bringing these things back slowly and giving them a new menacing twist for a 21st Century audience.
The Daleks are 50 years old, and they work just as well now as they did then. They are definition of menace in Doctor Who and remain the #1 badasses.
Henry Van Statten: I thought you were the great expert, Doctor, if you’re so impressive, why not just reason with this Dalek? It must be willing to negotiate, there must be something that it needs, everything needs something.
The Doctor: What’s the nearest town?
Henry Van Statten: Salt Lake City.
The Doctor: Population?
Henry Van Statten: One million.
The Doctor: All dead. If the Dalek gets out it’ll murder every living creature that’s all it needs.
Henry Van Statten: But why would it do that?
The Doctor: Because it honestly believes they should die. Human beings are different, and anything different is wrong. It’s the ultimate in racial cleansing, and you, Van Statten, you’ve let it loose!
Now that’s scary. And that’s the point.
The Daleks, Doctor Who’s ultimate weapon. 🙂
The Doctor Who Confidential prior to the launch (narrated by the future 10th Doctor!)