Doctor Who Reactions: "Terror of the Zygons" (SPOILERS)

Part One:

1)This story has the feel of a Pertwee story - sor tof a capper to the "UNIT Era".

 

2)It was amusing seeing the Doctor done up for the Highlands, and their reaction to the Brigadier in a kilt. "Sorry. I thought you were doing a Doctor."  "What an absurd idea."

 

3)I like the design of both the Zygons and their technology - a real "alien" feel to it. their world-conquering plan is kind of lame, though, especially since they apparenlty took seven hundred years to come up with it.

 

4)Cliffhanger: A Zygon molests Sarah!

 

Part Two:

1)Why does the Zygon change back to its own form to lock up the Doctor and Sarah?

 

2)Also, I'm not so sure you can hypnotize someone into not needing to breahte.

 

3)The Doctor's moan when he's in the decompression chamber is creepy. "Oh, just a trick I picked up from a Tibetan monk."

 

4)The Skarasen is sufficiently goofy.  It has a tendency to look like a hairless puppy.

 

5)"What was I doing on the floor?"  I've asked that question myself, once or twice.

 

6)I like how the UNIT troopers take orders from Sarah.

 

7)Cliffhanger: The Skarasen chases down the Doctor!

 

Part Three:

1)I like the bit with the Doctor mimicking the Duke.

 

2)"I'm not a party to any kind of nonsense , Your Grace."  Hah!

 

3)Angus Lennie dies horribly in everything  I've seen him in.

 

4)I also like the bit where Sarah sticks out her tongue at the Caber.

 

5)"Tonight on Plot Convenience Playhouse, the first book Sarah selects opens the secret door."

 

6)"Sounds liek the Brigadier."

 

7)Cliffhanger: The Zygon ship takes off!

 

Part Four:

1)"Very good! Very good! Almost impressive."

 

2)"Isn't it a bit large for just about six of you?"  Say what you will about CGI effects, but at least with the new series, you can actually occasionally see armies of aliens, instead of just hearing about them.

 

3)"Yes, madam." the idea of a female prime minister was apparently hysterically funny when this was made.  Perhaps not so funny, now.

 

4)"I underestimated his intelligence, but he underestimated the power of organic crystallography."  Well, I can see where you might.

 

5)"Was that bang big enough for you, Brigadier?"

 

6)This is the one where Harry leaves at the end.  Ian Marter was a good actor, and I was sorry to see him go, but in the end, there wasn't thought to be enough for him to do.

 

Overall:  An enjoyable story from one of my favorite eras in the show's history.

 

NOTE:  Below I will speculate about the upcoming 50th anniversary story.  I won't be discussing anything that hasn't already been announced publically, but if you've been avoiding all that stuff, go no further...

 

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It has been announced that the Zygons will be appearing in the upcoming 50th anniversary story, to be titled "Day of the Doctor".  Since the Zygons are shape-shifters, I wonder if our Steven is go to try and swerve us, and have the "Tenth Doctor" and "Rose" that appear actually be Zygons posing as them for some reason...

 

 

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  The Zygons made a usual mistake in aliens in that era, they really didn't understand that the Dr. was not human. 

Well, my guess about the Zygons was incorrect.

But thinking about it now, having Zygons involved did provide a bit of a smokescreen as to what role past Doctors would be playing in the show, and to increase expectation that maybe some past Doctors would appear, but not necessarily be really the Doctor.

 

Moffat knows the fan-mind.

Robert Banks Stewart, creator of the Zygons, and author of this story, has died.

Still in my "Scottish phase," I watched this one again last night.

It's set in Scotland but was filmed in Sussex.

They could have filmed in Scotland, but it would have been too expensive to transport Nessie to London for location shooting.

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