Doctor Who ‘The Rebel Flesh’ bullet point review

A kneejerk reaction to episode five of season six

  • Still a bit too much of a reliance on running as shorthand for tension, nowhere more evident than right at the beginning of the episode when the whole crew pointlessly bound up the stairs. Can this not be conveyed by the plot in some way?
  • Ending or beginning an episode consulting the scanner to remind the audience that Amy may or may not be pregnant is a poor substitute for an actual story arc. Can this not be conveyed by the plot in some way?
  • Felt so frustratingly Seventies – small cast of recognisable TV faces, random piece of England masquerading as the future, aggressive officious bureaucrat providing the real antagonism – that it seemed reminiscent of a hundred mediocre Who episodes we’ve already seen.
  • Felt so charmingly Seventies – small cast of recognisable TV faces, random piece of England masquerading as the future, aggressive officious bureaucrat providing the real antagonism – that it seemed reminiscent of a hundred classic Who episodes we’ve already seen.
  • The solar storm effects were dreadful.
  • The creepy Odo from Deep Space 9 melty face effects were brilliant.
  • Nobody did as much bilious honking and gurning as previous episodes.
  • Nobody did anything very much.
  • Is now a good time to mention that we’ve got a guest blog over on Doctor Who Online?