Episode 045 – “Crisis”

You know what’s annoying? Doing a Google image search for “doctor who crisis” and getting nothing by shots of David Tennant and Catherine Tate. Ugh. “Metacrisis”. You can catch a cold for that one, RTD. What a stupid, made-up word.

Still, totally worth the effort.

The sets really remain a highlight of this story. They’re very convincing, and the use of overhead shots to film much of their use works very well.

Amusingly, there’s a telephone operator who looks quite a bit like Hartnell in drag. That’s a thing.

I’m not clear why it’s so difficult for everyone to write down the formula of the pesticide. Surely it can’t be that hard to just read it off; wandering around on it like a map seems unneeded.

The stunt with the giant phone is impressive. Very clever and well-staged.

Having recently watched the final episodes of Mythbusters, I can’t deny that I’m experiencing some flashbacks watching our team try to set off an explosion in a canister of chemicals.

Overall this is a strong conclusion to a decent, but not great, story, that featured some great sets and great SFX. Always nice to observe the latter in this show.

Next time: “Worlds End”


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