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Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:11 pm

Tennant, 1930's New York and Daleks. What's not to like?


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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by Rich Flair on Sun Oct 30, 2011 12:15 pm

Ooof. Would have got worse than a 3, but for the scene where the Dalek has a look round to see if anyone is listening before slagging off Dalek Sec. And the ending is OTT fantastic.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:12 pm

Of course that *looking around* scene was very much ad-libbed by Nick Pegg!

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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by barnaby morbius on Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:23 pm

apparently Russell t Davies was unwell while this one was being made so wasn't able to sprinkle his magic dust over it.

it's not all bad though. a 3.
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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by Time_Spectator on Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:35 am

Should have been much more than it was. The concept of having an episode of Who in that setting is excellent, the plot action is good enough (busy enough at any rate), but I feel its limitations as to locations/sets. Many other points go along that line (Martha, Sec, musical number, etc). The ending however was electrifying.

A positive 3, a bit more for concept than realization.
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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:52 am

Trouble is, of course, that the ending had been ruined by the front cover of the Radio Times.

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Post by Ginger Ninja on Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:16 am

Personally love it but hey I'm wierd!
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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:18 am

Seems like it's us against Wrinklydom on both this and Gridlock! 4/5 for me. Smile

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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by Zoltar on Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:04 am

I liked the one too, actually. 4/5 from me as well. The second half won't score as well though.

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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by Time_Spectator on Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:39 am

Zoltar wrote:I liked the one too, actually. 4/5 from me as well. The second half won't score as well though.

Hm... I was rating both parts. The first was more enjoyable overall on its own but I have a harder time of it separating parts than with a lot of the older serials.
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Post by Zoltar on Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:31 am

Time_Spectator wrote:Hm... I was rating both parts. The first was more enjoyable overall on its own but I have a harder time of it separating parts than with a lot of the older serials.
I find some easier to rate as separate parts than others. This one's an easier one for me, cos though I still found things to like in Part 2, I thought it went off the rails a bit.

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Re: Rate "Daleks in Manhattan"

Post by Patrick on Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:27 am

At the time this story originally aired, I remember that Lee described writer Helen Raynor as "the Queen of old school Who." Indeed, this episode has a lot to recommend it. And it is a nice set up for what should have been a big cliff-hanger moment. Unfortunately, the cliff-hanger moment was ruined by publicity before the episode aired.

My only real complaint about this story was that I found the pig-men a bit unconvincing. I'm giving this one a 3/5.

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