Wednesday, 31 August 2011

SFX's 20 Teasers for Doctor Who "Night Terrors"

The following twenty teasers are courtesy of SFX's spoiler-free preview.
  1. It's 99.9% arc plot free.
  2. It's a small-scale, intimate, claustrophobic episode. The main stars are the shadows.
  3. It's a very simple tale. Perhaps too simple for some tastes. There's little in the actual plot that hasn’t been done in telefantasy before a number of times before.
  4. On the other hand it's rich in atmosphere, and the monsters are freaky.
  5. It has the best use of sound design in the show since "Midnight".
  6. The direction and lighting make even the most mundane settings look eerie and otherworldly.
  7. The Doctor does something he hasn't done in a while.
  8. There's a twin dilemma.
  9. Amy's hair makes her easy to spot.
  10. If you listen carefully to the soundtrack, you'll discover that the episode isn't quite as contemporary as it may seem (though this could just be the production team hoping we're not sad enough to Google these things).
  11. Somebody doesn’t want to be Sherpa Tenzing.
  12. "Maybe it was junk mail?"
  13. The Doctor has a post-modern rebuttal for his real world critics.
  14. Daniel Mays is excellent — he forms a very watchable partnership with Matt Smith and delivers one of the best, "Eh!?"s in the show's history.
  15. The biscuit agenda is back!
  16. Somebody gets floored.
  17. There's a genuinely creepy transformation.
  18. Somebody can't plump for Brian like he normally does.
  19. The show does something it was criticised for back in 1964 . . . and does it big time.
  20. Listen carefully at the end.
Of particular interest is 19. Since 1964 covered everything from The Daleks to The Dalek Invasion of Earth, what does this mean?

Thanx to Sci-fiBanjo for the heads-up.


DRfiguremaina said...

is 19 maby bug eyes monsters?

KORSAIR1 said...

Ooooooo!!!!! Wonder what number 19 is all about then.

The Scientist said...

Don't know what 19s about, but Mary Whitehouse would probably be writing complaints to the BBC if she were still alive.

Fezmeister said...

9. Amy's hair makes her easy to spot.
17. There's a genuinely creepy transformation.
Amy's definitely changing into a doll, then. I guess she's the ginger one we see in the trailers.

Becky said...

I'm going to guess #19 is a hint that it will scary the gee-willies out of the kids. I'm an adult and I think the still shots are creepy. The kids won't be the only ones behind the sofa during this episode!

Anonymous said...

something the beginning of the classic series did ...*thinks*. .. . i'll explain later? (like it doesn't do that now), studder over lines?, go off on tangents?, get boom mics and shadows in the frame?, have someone scream way too loudly so u have to yank your headphones off?