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5.2 - The Beast Below

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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 1/30/19 9:19 pm
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Its a fun story to watch, but not one id like to see again soon but I still like it
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 12/7/18 10:58 pm
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This is decent TV entertainment but for Doctor Who it is not on the level of the usually high standards. It is not all bad, there are some good aspects of character based drama and emotion and Matt Smith does a great job as The Doctor showing depth and range as well as being amusing.

The story problems are that it does not all make sense. Sci Fi is not meant to be realistic necessarily but ANY fiction needs believability within the context of its genre. There are aspects which let this episode down in this respect.

Amy Pond shows the start here of a recurrent problem with the character i.e. she is too over confident and takes totally reckless actions which seem implausible, running off or making drastic decisions which someone would be extremely unlikely to take. At the start she says she is nervous to help the Doctor as they investigate aboard a huge spacecraft which represents the UK. The Doctor says he perceives oppression and wants to investigate that and the fact he sees evidence suggesting there is no engine powering the ship. Yet by the end when they discover an innocent, endangered, giant creature (a Star Whale) is being tortured and exploited to power the ship Amy makes the snap decision to risk the lives of the millions on board by taking an action without even consulting The Doctor first. It seems a highly unlikely course of action and if she really is to be believed as that reckless then even though it turns out well, The Doctor may be wise to stick with his earlier instinct that she is not cut out to travel with him. She could easily have told him to stop and explained to him her theory. It seems Moffatt wants us to go with the idea that such human life threatening decisions have to be made by the human companion rather than The Doctor (he returns to that in other stories such as Kill the Moon which is even more illogical). It just does not quite ring true for me. Neither does the whole premise of each nation having their own ships travelling out from a burning Earth and the UK being left behind until they capture and enslave a Star Whale and build a mega city on its back with skyscrapers for each county. Far into the future a retro society with fairground machine dolls ('Smilers') holding people in fear. People voting on whether to forget how the ship is powered or protest and get fed to 'the beast'. It all is one of those ideas the writer has come up with as a 'cool concept' but has very little real credibility.

Writer Steven Moffatt himself apparently described it as "a mess" and I agree. Both logically and scientifically there are things which are distractingly unlikely or unbelievable.

There is also a very badly done interior of a huge creatures mouth where the tongue is clearly a plastic sheet and the whole 'Liz 10' thing is a cringe-making silly aspect.

These issues knock the score down but I do not wish to overstate the issues as it is not terrible but this episode is just a bit misconceived. It is still pretty fun TV and there is some entertainment and good aspects to enjoy. There are a couple of thoughtful scenes of dialogue and Matt Smith is pretty impressive but it has silly concepts and at best would just be a filler.

6/10

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Reviewed By: AshantaiReview Date: 7/1/14 1:39 am
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An irritating and preachy story with gimmicks.