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3.4 - Daleks in Manhattan

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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 9/29/17 10:06 pm
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There are many poor episodes in the David Tennant era, but Daleks In Manhattan is rare: it's a truly bad Dalek story. It's hard to mess up the Daleks, but this story couples them into a poorly plotted, badly paced, rushed production that feels like it needed a thousand more rewrites and a lot more time to make it work.

The problem is the plot has about five ideas that could make full stories on their own. It's surprising that Helen Raynor seems to have had no idea how to prune back her story to make it manageable, something especially surprising considering that she was script editor of Doctor Who previous to this. The whole story doesn't know which way to turn, which element to focus upon. It's barely even connects these ideas together, and, therefore, this is a mess structurally. Some of the design ideas feel half-finished, and some of the GCI is so poor, especially considering that stuff from the first revived series looks better than the Manhattan skylines here.

There are good bits - James Strong's direction is fairly good, and some of the acting from the guest cast is good, while Freema Agyeman does her best with possibly the most limited role for Martha throughout her season (barring Blink). But that doesn't excuse the fact that this script is sloppily written and sloppily produced, and is such a waste, considering it's length and the ideas it's got to play with.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 4/25/17 2:42 am
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On the right day, I'll enjoy this two-parter; it was my first Dalek story and it was unique for me at the time as I had no idea what these creatures were. As previous reviews for this story say, great ideas, poor execution; and I think that is fair to say. The first part is definitely better than the second part. Looking at the New Who as a whole, this may be the weakest Dalek story of New Who, but even then, it does have moments of enjoyment.
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Reviewed By: AshantaiReview Date: 7/1/14 12:56 am
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A terrible waste of a good setting. Bad plots, gimmicks, and bad use of the Daleks. Unimpressive.