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Published on July 5th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

SFX Gets Spurious

Picking at the internal logic of the series past, SFX have honoured Doctor Who with a Spurious Awards special – looking at the great, the poor and the most baffling moments of New Who.

It’s good to see that the most divisive episode of Who received the most praise. Vincent and the Doctor received plaudits including Most Beautiful Moment of the Year for the un-Who like ‘Starry night’ homage, Most Shameless Tear-Jerking Moment of the Year, for the most cynical, effective use of Athlete’s music since One Tree Hill, Best Amy Moment of the Year, for the absolutely stunning image of Amy trying to tempt Vincent to paint sunflowers and Uncanny Similarity of the Year for Tony Curran (Red Road, 24) whose striking similarity to Vincent Van Gogh was surpassed by his great performance as the troubled artist.

The moments on the receiving end of a drubbing are Graham Norton’s unwanted cameo, the Krafyasis, the invisible ‘space turkey’ (not) seen in Vincent and the Doctor, the Hoix and the Weevils from the Russell T. Davies era and Torchwood, whose baffling and useless appearance amongst the alliance was liken to George Bush’s Coalition of the Willing members ‘Micronesia and the Dominican Republic.’

Unsurprisingly the re-designed Daleks are the target of much scorn;

“People were falling over themselves to find the perfect description for the new Daleks: the Renault Megane Daleks; the Lego Daleks; the iDaleks; the action-figure-range-needs-a-boost Daleks. But our favourite forum comment was the person who said he tuned in late, and thought he was watching the Dorothy wannabe contestants on “Over The Rainbow.”

Interestingly a comment made on Kasterborous’s review of The Pandorica Opens, regarding the presence of the Silurians in the alliance when the Doctor had made them sleep for a thousand years may have been dubiously answered.

Head over to SFX for the full list of Spurious Awards.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

2 Responses to SFX Gets Spurious

  1. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    Dubiously answered? Oh, I should say so. The Doctor’s recent encounter with the Silurians took place around the present day, whereas the events of The Pandorica Opens were set during the Roman occupation of England (AD43-410ish). So there’s no possibility that the Silurians simply woke up early after the Doctor’s intervention. They would have still been in their self-imposed sleep, waiting for the moon to go out of orbit. Another question occurs to me – Zygons were mentioned, so is it possible they were there in the Pandorica chamber, disguised as Weevils?

  2. avatar Rick714 says:

    The majority of the list was all on target with good observations. Although, I’m once again surprised at the short-sighted lack of imagination regarding their reaction to the Krafaysis. Out of the billions of different life forms out there, this was just as valid as any other and it obviously wasn’t a predator in any event so why *not* a giant space turkey and what’s wrong with it, the poor, blind thing that was destructive as all hell? Maybe SFX is just trying to be clever once again but considering they’re watching *Doctor Who*, maybe they should open their minds a bit more.

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