Tuesday, June 23, 2009

HH1 - The Moonbase 1



Terry Nation has (rightly) been criticized over the years for basically submitting the same story over and over for each Dalek story he was commissioned to write. We never rake Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis over the same coals, though. Just a few scant months prior to this, the Cybermen made their debut in The Tenth Planet, which featured:

- The Cybermen, in the future, invade an isolated outpost of human characters made up of multi-cultural stereotypes
- Shock appearance of a Cyberman at the end of episode one
- Cybermen attack humans outside of the base on the cold surface of Antarctica
- Polly makes the coffee

Fast forward four months to The Moonbase, in which the following happens :

- The Cybermen, in the future, invade an isolated outpost of human characters made up of multi-cultural stereotypes
- Shock appearance of a Cyberman at the end of episode one
- Cybermen attack humans outside of the base on the cold surface of the Moon
- Polly makes the coffee

There's also some silly business in the Moon sequences where The Doctor and company are jumping around, committing mild acts of horseplay, until Jamie goes to far and gets himself hurt, thus confining him to a hospital bed for two episodes and the writers an early coffee break. Despite all this, it is a relatively entertaining episode. The "aliens-invade-isolated-outpost" meme is still relatively new at this point, as well. Plus, they wouldn't think of doing that type of story again, would they?

1 comments:

lizaanne42 said...

poor Polly! This post made me laugh and scare the cat off of the desk.
--Lizaanne
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