Doctor Who has had the distinction of bringing us on a wide verity of adventures. We’ve seen comedy, even slapstick humor, and even various send ups of the show itself.
This week we were exposed to the show bringing out an old and familiar psychological terror that lies somewhere in us all.
The Age of Steel was the best episode so far of series two, and shows what good scripting and great actors can do for the series.
The script was especially poignant, drawing on our technological desires and exposing our underlying fears as a species about how far and how smart our ever growing dependence on machines and technology really is.
It gives the show a chance to dip into an ethics play, and also draws on the same terror of uniformity that the Daleks are capable of.
The acting too, was geared just right for my tastes. David Tennent’s confrontation scene with Lumic as the Cyber-Controller was brilliant and as he settles in, he makes a case for being the most humorously eccentric Doctor since Tom Baker– hes like Tom, but with more heart to go with the detached alien behavior.
Noel Clarke did a brilliant job in both installments, bringing the alter Mickey to life and having a great scene near the end where he stops being the “tin dog” and starts to grow rapidly away from the character we’ve know since series one last year. My only gripe is that as soon as Mickey’s more than just comedy relief, he is sent packing.
On the Cyber front, not only do they look better then they ever have, they’re also back to doing what they do best; converting people into becoming just as they are now.
Lumic was still a kind of 'Cyber-Davros', but once he was the Cybercontroller, he was scary and convincing in pleading the cause to eliminate pain and emotion.
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