Tuesday, April 14, 2009
(And yes, I'm spooked by the above photo, too.)
And so The Keys of Marinus ends with Episode 6, entitled....The Keys of Marinus. And a-ha! I was right about Kala being involved in the crime, wasn't I? And that prosecutor, too! So BOTH the suspicious characters from the previous episode were guilty - amazing! I did like the final reveal of where the key was hidden, though, and it was good to see The Doctor in such a pivotal role.
The Voord make their long awaited return in the coda of the episode, with Terry Nation probably hoping that, by that time, enough of a national craze would have occurred from their first appearance in Episode 1 that the Voord might have been a merchandising bonanza five weeks later. They only just missed that boat...
It may have been the flippers, or it may have been the strange Teletubbies antenna on the top of their head, but they just never took off like Nation's other creation, the Mechanoids (about which, more later). The lead Voord did have a knack for disguise and mimicry, though, as they fooled Ian and Susan enough by putting a cloak over his head and speaking with his normal voice to convince the two that he was, in fact, Arbitan. You'd think the two giant handlebars on his head would have given the game away, but no, they didn't.
Despite some ropey bits scattered throughout the episodes, the whole story was relatively diverting enough. It's also interesting to see how the old series managed to convey alien planets on screen, something which most fans wish they would see more often in the new series.
Posted by Steven at 9:14 AM