DOCTOR WHO Season 2 Part 2
TV Show Review by David Blackwell
RISE OF THE CYBERMEN (Part 1) is the first TV story to send The Doctor to an alternate Earth since INFERNO (from the Third
Doctor's run in 1970) and I'm not counting the alternate universe jaunts in the comics or novels. The Cybermen are slowly
revealed. Love the way technology is different. Zeppelins! Rose is the name of a dog in this universe. smirk. The TARDIS almost
without power. I liked they included no previews for part two. It should be the norm for all two parters.
AGE OF STEEL (Part 2) features a nice resolution of the cliffhanger ending. The only question that has me nagging what
happened to the Cybermen that didn't go mad at the end of this story. Expect this storyline to be revisited for the season
finale. In the end, it is fine effort to bring back the Cybermen for their 40th birthday (nicely alluded to by the age of
THE IDIOT'S LANTERN is one of the best DOCTOR WHO episodes. It is a much better effort than THE UNQUIET DEAD from the same
writer. This episode features something like a "Reverse the Polarity of the Neutron Flow" moment. The episode plays on the
fears of watching TV and racism in one form (when people lose their faces). I'm sorry that the reference to Logopolis wasn't
THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET (Part 1) is the best episode so far this season. The cards are stacked against The Doctor and rose
as trouble keeps building like any good two part (or four parts for Classic Who) until the cliffhanger that leaves you wanting
more. The music score of this episode is the my favorite of the new series. Of course, it is nice to see a story that takes
place totally off Earth and provide a kinda of horror atmosphere that hasn't been seen since the days of the 4th Doctor.
The second season is building steam and I can't wait to see how the next five turn out. See my review of those episodes
in a few weeks. Until then, hop into your TARDIS and travel the vortex. The UK is enjoying one hell of a show.
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