Screencaps for The Curse of Fenric are posted. Review is below the jump.
Monsters: yes, Haemovores, sort of amphibian vampires, plus an incarnation of pure evil.
Emotional Wank: 3 out of 10 for faith and loss thereof, and for facing hatred of a parent.
Intended Destination: not given, but considering how neatly this adventure fits in with Ace’s backstory, I expect this really is where the Doctor intended to go.
Actual Destination: English coastal town during World War II.
- Ace’s costume for this episode.
- All the technology of the age.
- Kathleen. What a cheery face. She’s delightful.
- How perfect Ace considers the baby to be before she finds out who the baby is. It’s so sweet.
- Captain Sorin. In the commentary, they mention that the actor who played him had extreme difficulty, being Polish and having had experiences to make him quite anti-Russian. It was appalling to him to play a Russian as anything other then a villain. I think he did a splendid job rising to the occasion.
- Sophie Aldred. The more I look at her, the more I want to.
- I genuinely like the seventh Doctor. He may be manipulative and sneaky, but he has a sort of gentle kindness that I find refreshing after his last incarnation.
- I like that the Doctor doesn’t say anything to the English about the Russians being there. Although he spends a ridiculous amount of his Earth-visiting time in England, I get the feeling that he doesn’t have any particular allegiance to any one country, but rather some devotion to the species and the planet that he’s adopted as his second home.
- Amphibian vampires with 80s hair.
- I don’t understand all the elements in this plot. It’s a really complicated plot, and toward the end, it seems that the sole purpose of all the threads was to lure the Doctor into a game of chess. A bit frustrating trying to follow along and see the point of all the clues just to find they don’t really matter that much.
- I have never liked inclusion of question marks in the Doctor’s costume. Seems to me that when someone’s name is a secret, drawing attention to the existence of the secret is supremely stupid.
Comments, Questions, Speculation
- Look how careful the Doctor is of the baby’s head. Maybe that’s just because Sylvester McCoy knows about babies, but in-story it lends the implication that the Doctor knows something of babies as well.
- Yes, Nurse Crane is played by the same actor, Anne Reid, who played the plasmavore in Smith and Jones.
- What did the Doctor do to that solider’s head to calm him? I don’t think it was just a gentle touch. I wonder if a thread of telepathy has always run through his story.
- When I was a kid, this bit about the vicar and his father confused me utterly. It was some time later that I learned the differences between Catholic and Anglican priesthood. I hadn’t even known about Anglicans at the time. Imagine my befuddlement!
- Maybe I’m just a bit thick, but seems to me, if I’ve booby trapped a machine to wreak havoc when it encounters a particular encoded word, perhaps I shouldn’t then use it for mysterious translation projects after that point. I would have no way of knowing if that word would be encountered, would I?
- Oh, Doctor, Doctor, you can’t go traveling around with clever people and not expect them to have inconvenient strokes of genius. Poor Ace does it at least twice this adventure.
- Dude, if you’re going to chop up radios, probably it’s a good idea to unplug them first. Weenie.
- Oh time travel, you are so cruel sometimes. Poor Ace, making a promise with no way to know that she’s already broken it in her own time.
Raw Caps: 583
Finished Caps: 231
- I got a lot more caps than usual for a classic series story, especially given all the motion and film quality issues. I blame Ace’s face.