Thursday, December 24, 2009

5L3 - The Horns of Nimon 3

Blissfully, we're lucky to be able to see one of the more ridiculous segments in Doctor Who twice - once at the end of Episode Two, and again during the reprise in Episode Three. Malcolm Terris, an otherwise capable actor, camps his way through pleading through his life at the hands (horns?) of the Nimon before getting shot down and having his pants split open.

There's yet another nod to pantomime in this episode when the Nimon is operating the transmat device, astoundingly unaware of The Doctor, Romana, Seth, and anyone else that might happen to be passing loudly through the room. You can almost hear the children in the live audience yelling out to the Nimon "He's behind you!", but then the Nimon, in the true spirit of good natured fun, keeps looking in the wrong direction, much to the delight of everyone watching.

The Nimon(s) don't need such scenes to make them look ridiculous, though. They already look ridiculous enough on their own. Whose great idea was it to create the story's title monster by putting a ballet dancer in tights and platform shoes and throwing an oversized, novelty foam bull's mask on his head? This story really is


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