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11.2 - The Ghost Monument

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Reviewed By: alfster88Review Date: 1/22/19 12:04 am
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The problem with Ghost Monument is that it does nothing the first episode shouldn't have done. The Doctor getting her TARDIS and the team deciding to travel is literally the only purpose of the episode, which would be fine...if you had a longer run of episodes and a better plot.

The opening to this episode is strong. Despite the ridiculousness of the companions floating in space, their rescue and subsequent adventure down to the planet is a thrilling one. It is everything from this point that fundamentally fails.

Even though we are told what a perilous voyage it shall be to reach the Ghost Monument, the actual journey itself consists of a boring boat ride and little to nothing else. Seriously, what was the danger here?

The resolution of the episode is also absurd and Chekhov would be rolling in his grave if he ever saw a Chibnall script. The second you are introduced to a cigar that serves no purpose in the current scene you know that it will be relevant to the resolution. ALSO, how is that cigar a good idea? Can anyone click and light it? Sounds awfully dangerous.

This one was a big miss for me. At the end of the episode, nothing has happened and we are in the place we should have been at after episode 1. A complete waste of time.
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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 1/11/19 3:57 am
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First time I watched The Ghost Monument...well, I hated it. I thought the plot was loose and it didn't build up to a genuine climax.
Maybe it has to do with Matthew Purchase's amazing artwork for this story, but I slowly turned my opinion around. I now view it as sort of a 'curator's egg', a funny little story that exists and doesn't do much besides that.
Basically, I now love it.
I believe we need to get more aliens planets and ignore Earth for a bit, and now we have. We get a really cool journey on a planet called Desolation.
Angstrom and Epzo are cool characters. They don't really do much, but they're played well by Shaun Dooley and Susan Lynch, so that doesn't bother me.
Visuals are amazing, really excellent. They're the best the show has ever had.
My only problems are show-don't-tell, the Stenza references and I wish there was more of a climax. But to be honest, I think this story is pretty good.
Originally 5/10
6.5/10 rounded up to 7/10
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Reviewed By: PilordeReview Date: 12/17/18 8:21 am
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Again, the strong part of the episodes are the visual and the characterization of the new companions - and the Doctor herself.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/23/18 11:51 am
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2nd episodes in modern Doctor Who series are almost always what you might call fillers or minor episodes - decent but unexceptional follow ups to more dramatic opening episodes just establishing a feel for any new elements without really making any major statement in terms of content or quality. This episode 100% follows that tradition apart from having better production values than the past. Visually this series is the best ever and this episode is splendid to look at.

After all the new elements in episode 1 of series 11 this episode just builds a bit on the characterisation of the new TARDIS crew and introduces the new TARDIS design in a big reveal at the end. That new design is the big moment of the episode and it is done well. The rest of the story and script is not one that stands out or particularly impresses but is solid enough without any obviously bad elements.

The idea of a interplanetary race is fine but is not executed as well as it could have been, it does not strike me as totally convincing in how it is presented. There are also a couple of minor quibbles like dodgy threatening robots which seem really bad at shooting at slow moving targets and a pair of the Doctor's 'old sunglasses' appearing out of nowhere. These are not totally illogical though as the Doctor might have just found the glasses in a hidden pocket and the robots could have been believably low quality mass produced robot guards with poor targetting systems. I can forgive these things and a few slightly long winded or clunky bits of dialogue as they are not terrible or overly frequent, just not as good as better episodes such as the previous one.

Bradley Walsh continues to impress as Graham and Jodie is fine as the Doctor but not as strong as in her debut. Character building scenes are maybe not perfect but overall I would rather this than having a bunch of thinly characterised characters we do not care about. I do feel they have got me to care about the new characters and understand their motives. Not many TV shows or movies manage that.

The production values of this are top notch for Doctor Who. The location filming, cinematography and effects are done brilliantly so this looks really classy and impressive.

The other thing worthy of special mention is the new theme tune arrangement which has its first proper outing at the start of the episode. I LOVE the arrangement as it harks back more to classic series title music arrangements rather than recent ones but with a modern twist. I think it is great. At the end of the series opener The Woman Who Fell to Earth the new arrangement played over the end credits in an extended version including the wonderful 'middle eight'. I am only sad that is not included in the opening titles or end titles here or in later episodes as that part of the theme always fills me with joy and should be incorporated at all times in my opinion. Incidental music is also very good this series, a big improvement I think.

Overall this is a decent follow up to a great series opener. Unexceptional in content but visually great.

7.5/10