Published on June 23rd, 2006 | by Christian Cawley
News of the reconstruction through animation of 1968 adventure The Invasion has spread across the web like wildfire.
While repeating most of what we’ve already seen when the news was announced, they add:
Cosgrove Hallâ€™s Steve Maher and crew employed keyframed traditional animation and also shot digital reference video that they then rotoscoped to achieve more realistic movement in certain scenes. Cosgrove had previously worked on the 40th anniversary Doctor Who story, developing techniques that would be significantly improved with “The Invasion”
Despite vastly split fan opinion, Love & Monsters seemed to go down very well with various TV critics. The Times‘ Caitlin Moran has quite an individual take on the Doctor (surely she’s a fan?),
When something is as good as Doctor Who â€” and, currently, itâ€™s one of the best things about Britain in the 21st century â€” thereâ€™s always something to say about it. Itâ€™s like having a conversation about the Beatles. Theoretically, a conversation about the Beatles could span every aspect of humanity, theology, morality, art, sociology, fashion, and continue on up to the point where we die.
while SFX‘s Nick Setchfield gave the adventure 4.5 stars out of 5! And when you read his review, you can see why:
“Love & Monsters” is the episode that, after 43 years, finally gives Doctor Who a whole new vocabulary as a television programme. For once our heroes are almost incidental characters, cameoing in their own show. Weâ€™re told this tale from the perspective of sweet-natured geek Elton Pope (engagingly played by Hustleâ€™s Mark Warren), a move that liberates us from Whoâ€™s traditional dramatic style. Elton talks to us directly, his camcorder asides making the adventure feel fittingly intimate and personal.
Russell T Davies once claimed that “the motor of all narrative is sex” in an interview which is briefly referred to in a massive study by Jenny Turner on the London Review of Books website. Turner takes in both the series and Doctor Who: A Critical Reading of the Series by Kim Newman – but let’s go back to Davies’ comment. Surely he’s confused desire with sex there? They’re very different things… (thanks to Kingdom for the link)
Finally, Martin Conaghan reviews The Impossible Planet/the Satan Pit on TVSquad.com – and doesn’t seem to enamoured with the two-parter:
I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it was the blatant classic sci-fi rip-offs, or the dodgy technology and wonky science, or perhaps it was the ropey plot, which involved The Doctor and Rose landing on a planet orbiting a black hole — with an ancient evil lurking in the rock below the Sanctuary base.
I take it you have never enjoyed a single early Tom Baker period Doctor Who, Martin?