Thursday, 25 November 2010

Why Are There Flying Sharks for Doctor Who "A Christmas Carol"?

It's pretty much undeniable that the recent trailer for "A Christmas Carol" shows a Flying Shark. Man-eater. Big as you like. And flying. Through the Christmas fog. A shark. So why haven't we been allowed to see the whole thing? And why does the episode feature Flying Sharks in the first place?

Come on, BBC, it's a shark, and it's in the air, flying, or at least hovering. What else is there to hide from us? Why does it have to be hidden in the shadows, stealing away into the Sardicktown mists? In a Chatango conversation, one person suggested that the head of the shark might be something incredibly surprising, like a tentacled Ood head. Yeah, perhaps . . . until we look back to filming pictures.
Not very unusual; it's the head of a shark, made for CGI placement. Assuming that this head pretty much represents the monster, there doesn't seem to be anything ambiguous about this creature. In a manner quite akin to the flying stingrays (Possible relation?) from "Planet of the Dead", the sharks seem to have devoured or crashed through this vintage door, therefore giving us its definite size:
This and the previous pic belong to Alun_Vega.
Is this yet another Doctor Who monster that has nothing more beneath the surface? The Krafayis in "Vincent and the Doctor" and the Vespiform from "The Unicorn and the Wasp" have already shown themselves as particularly pointless monsters that are just sort of . . . there without any unique contribution to the plot. Would this story be any different with Flying Snakes or Flying Hippopotamuses? It's also likely that these sharks will somehow be intelligent, or they could be as vapid and useless as the stingrays, which, admittedly, at least served a distinct plot point. Will "A Christmas Carol" be this fortunate?

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Well ... what did you think of the shark now?