Technically speaking, this series is a little rough, particularly the sound, so careful viewing is required. But in many ways, it seems a more modern series of episodes than some of the later ones, as it still seems to be a realistic view of a remote space station, and the general who runs it, although seemingly a bad caricature of John Wayne, represents all too well the kind of cowboy American thinking to which many people can still relate to all too well!Read more ›
The new planet looks familiar, as many of the land masses look like Earth's, only upside down--Polly has a big deal claiming to recognize Malaysia. It turns out that this world was a twin of Earth, Mondas, which left millions of years ago. Now nearly drained of energy, it has returned to regain its energy--from Earth.
The Cybermen are clearly supposed to be a menace, but they do look laughable. One author described them as someone dressing up with kitchen implements at a jumble sale. However, their spaceships are more impressive than the paper-plate like ones in the second Cyber story, The Moonbase. Two human-like aspects of these primitive Cybermen can be seen. One, they have names. Two, their bare hands are still human.
The use of emotions to the ruthlessly logical Cybermen is a big point here. Polly's concern for the astronauts, "they're people and they're going to die" is responded with: "I do not understand you. There are people dying all over your world, yet you do not care about them." Another time, they say, "Our brains our just like yours, with certain weaknesses have been removed. ... You call them emotions, do you not?" and "We have freedom from disease, protection against heat and cold. ... do you prefer to die in misery?Read more ›
The story is a good one, though it was rather disappointing to see so little of the Doctor. In fact, that's the real reason why this misses that one final star from me... I loved Hartnell's portrayal of the grouchy old eccentric time traveller and I wasn't happy at all to learn that we'd have to sit through one whole episode (part three for those of you who didn't know) seeing nothing of him but a couple brief scenes of him asleep in a bed! I know, Mr. Hartnell was ill at the time, so it couldn't be helped... It's just that knowing that doesn't take away my disappointment.
Still, it's not a total loss... episode three focuses quite a bit on the Doctor's young companion, Ben, and I ended up liking him quite a lot. Polly too... a very pretty girl, very sweet. I'd never seen either of them before, as the first six years of Doctor Who are sort of my 'final frontier' as far has viewing goes (while I remain very familiar, for the most part, with the 1970-1989 years)
Even though I know many have mocked them for their appearance, I found the Cybermen to be very very creepy, not silly at all. From the bandages that seem to hold their heads together, to the bare fingers of their hands (if this story were in colour, what would those fingers look like? Would they be flesh coloured, or blue from lack of circulation? Just how alive are the flesh parts of the Cybermen?Read more ›