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11.5 - The Tsuranga Conundrum

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 1/22/19 2:26 pm
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A bland adventure for the Doctor and her new friends. Jodie Whittaker once again remains the highlight of these episodes, but there was little else of note in the cast. The main plot was dull, and the story as a whole was bogged down by too many subplots, none of which were given ample time to hit. The writing was mediocre at the best of times, leaning heavily on silly tropes (Yoss' pregnancy in particular is handled with all the grace and subtlty of a woodchipper), and delivering a dull take on the classic, "base under siege" story. The CGI wasn't great either, particularly for the P'ting, though practical effects fared slightly better.
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Reviewed By: PilordeReview Date: 12/17/18 8:26 am
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This one feels like an episode that could've been part of the RTD era: space opera and cheesy stuff. I guess it works for some, it doesn't for me. it's not bad, or anything, I just don't like when Doctor Who get too much on the silly side.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/26/18 1:39 pm
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This episode, and indeed the whole of series 11, has been much maligned by a vocal section of viewers. They claim it is "awful", "badly written", "overly politically correct" and claim such things as "unengaging companions" etc. I think any criticism of the companions is totally unfounded as I think they are thoroughly engaging, especially Bradley Walsh as Graham. I think the accusation of awfulness and political correctness are wrong too. I think criticisms of the writing are very exaggerated but I do accept that several episodes have had a few issues with dialogue and that this episode has more issues with the writing, partly because it has more bits of below par dialogue and partly because the plot itself is less satisfying.

On the plus side, in keeping with the rest of series 11, this episode looks awesome. The ship the TARDIS finds itself on is sleek and impressive and the cinematography is great. Series 11 looks better than Doctor Who ever has. The creature attacking the ship is a cute design which also is quite amusing. The thinking behind both the ship and the creature are less well thought through than the visual design though. The lack of numerous crew or patients makes the ship less believable as the medical rescue ship it is meant to be. Surely there should be more crew with defined jobs such as engineers and medics and there should be more patients. The creatures powers to eat through anything are a good idea but it being impervious to any form of attack is a bit of a stretch perhaps. The method of powering the ship which is lovingly admired by the Doctor in a nice little speech is good though.

The plot itself in regard to the alien attack is fine. It is not earth shatteringly original but would have been fine. However, the subplots of a preganant man and a famous pilot suffering from serious illness are unimpressive. I have no issue with a pregnant male being included and think people accusing this of being silly political correctness are misguided. It is perfectly believable alien races would have male pregnancy and/or that humans in the future could have male pregnancy. The problem is that the role of the expectant father is over acted and the dialogue is not good enough to make it anything other than a silly distraction. The sick pilot is quite woodenly acted and again the dialogue about this part of the story is unsatisfactory with failed attempts to make it emotionally involving. One of the medics, Astos, is well acted but the other medic is not very good.

The series first episode The Woman Who Fell to Earth was terrific with no script issues detracting from its quality. Since then small elements of below par dialogue had crept into subsequent episodes on occasion which did NOT make them bad episodes but slightly held them back from their full potential. In this episode the dialogue is not natural enough, not convincing enough and not delivered skillfully enough (except by the brilliant Bradley Walsh) to lift the below par material. Jodie Whittaker is a fine actress and was brilliant in her debut but in this episode she cannot make her dialogue sound right. I do not think it is a really awful episode and in fact there are some decent moments as well as excellent visuals but overall the dialogue is not at a level I would expect for Doctor Who. It is more like average TV drama level or the level of weakest Doctor Who stories of the past.

Overall: 6/10
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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 11/6/18 7:06 pm
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"The S-ura-ng-a Conundrum?"
"Thw Su-rain-ga Conundrum?"
"The Sur-sir-sar..."

I've changed my mind. I was so excited for Series 11, for the Jodie Whittaker Years, for the Chibnall era, but now I'm not so sure. This episode follows the trend of really not being good at all.
Well, it's basically an eighties romp on a spacecraft. Something like Four to Doomsday or Terror of the Vervoids. But unlike those episodes, this one has no cheap charm to them. The set designer is obviously taking things way too seriously and the sets just look - soulless. For a hospital ship, it's just too symmetrical and flat. Where are the bottles of Aqium hand sanitiser and plants in the corridors, or paintings or screens with entertainment, or even the other patient's belongings? That leads me to another point I want to raise - were there really only two patients onboard ship? Astos talked of many patients, yet we only saw a couple! Again, more show don't tell issues Chibnall! It wouldn't be hard to just hire a few cheap fanboy extras!
The characters here are flat as hell. I commented in my The Woman Who Fell To Earth review that the supporting characters this season are very dimensional - and that trend hasn't continued. No, the characters here are so one dimensional that we can't even empathise with them. The Doctor is great, she's the real good thing this series, but my god, Yasmine is such a wet blanket. We're halfway through the series and all she's done is stand in Ryan's shadow mirroring him! Mandip Gill plays her perfectly, and if she was written better she would be one of my favourite companions. I feel that Ryan's character has never been pinned down properly. Is he angsty and messed up about his mother and Grace's death, or is he 'cool' and'funky'? He's so inconsistently written that he reminds me of C'rizz from Big Finish.
I must comment here, while Brett Goldstein and Suzanne Packer were average in this episode, Lois Chimimba could not act. She stood parallel to the wall, bulged her eyes, barely moved her lips and emotionlessly repeated dialogue. It felt so fake. But then again, I suppose there are a lot of people who just stand around parallel to walls, bulging their eyes, barely moving their lips and emotionlessly speaking like their words are pre-written.
The plot is extremely shallow and cliched to an extent. Nothing really happens and then nothing really happens. But the villain was so uncredible. I saw people praise the Pting as being cute and cuddly - I thought it was disgustingly ugly. And aaaagggaaain, it fell into 'monsters who aren't aaaall bad'. I wish we got something actually scary, because so far this series, nothing has scared me. Actually no, that's a lie. I've been absolutely fricken terrified because I wanted so bad for this series to be good and so far it's been pretty bad!!

Here's my ranking for the first half of the series:
Rosa = 10
The Woman Who Fell To Earth = 7
The Ghost Monument = 5
The Tsuranga Conundrum = 3
Arachnids in the UK = 3