This story had no script
editor. No one was paid to vet the script and get it rewritten when
needed. That's what lawyers call "mitigation".
Bruchner's extreme head
movement when ordering a guard scares small children.
Janet the Stewardess was extremely sexy in the story and
so embarrassed after it that she changed her name from Yolande Palfrey to
Edwards has some of the
strangest lines in the show's history. These out-of-place gems include
"you make delicious coffee Janet" (he deserved to die the moment he said
that), "that's true sir" (he patronises his captain - if the murderer
hadn't killed him, Tonker would've been next in line behind Janet) and "we
don't want you breaking your neck, at least not until..." (at which point
he was electrocuted). I'm glad he was killed.
The Commodore's right hand man
appears to be a chimpanzee.
What could a small first aid
box possibly have to help a man who has just been slapped on the shoulder
by an OAP?
Pip and Jane appear to think
it's still 1963 and Dr Who is an educational programme. Either that or
Watch out for the Valeyard's
moment of random shouting.
Also play the Vervoids
drinking game where you take a shot every time someone blatantly stares at
Janet's bum. Two shots if they move their entire body to get in a better
Professor Laskey thinks of
herself as being the new Galileo. She created vegetable slave men with
lethal stings. I suppose Galileo might have built a telescope with a spike
where the lens should've been, thereby blinding anyone who used it but I
somehow doubt it.
People have pointed out that
by showing a story from his own future the Doctor proves he must survive
the trial. They don't mention that travelling with Mel might have been his
sentence after being found guilty.
Right - the Mogarians have
hijacked the ship. They say that they will kill the hostages if any
attempt is made to storm the bridge. And yet when someone does break into
the bridge their reaction is "We did not request refreshment".
And speaking of which, Travers
says - without sarcasm - that the ship is designed to by hijack-proof
during a hijack.
And while I'm here, how did
the person killing the Mogarians get onto the bridge in the first place?
If there was a second route, why didn't Travers use it?
Who designed the controls on
the tape recorder? Picasso?
The Doctor says Doland's
motive is avarice which Doland promptly dismisses. He then goes on to
explain that he actually did it because he wants the wealth that the
Vervoids can bring. He should use some of it to buy a dictionary and look
up the meaning of "avarice".
The Doctor says that a top
priority consignment of precious metals is being loaded aboard. They then
delay departure for the arrival of a Mogarian who - being Investigator
Hallet - wouldn't have been on the passenger list until a few minutes
beforehand. And how did Hallet know the Tardis was nearby anyway? And why
not just make contact with the Doctor rather than leaving him shoes and
seeds as clues? I'm glad he was killed too.
If anyone can tell me who
booby trapped the Hydroponics Centre and why then
Isn't it lucky that the
vionesium was being shipped in handy grenade shaped balls?
You can't help but love the
moment where, having witnessed a discussion about people being
mysteriously killed, Mel states as a point of great revelation, "You've
got a killer on board".
We've had 50 BF plays, around
200 novels and STILL no one has given us the first encounter between the
Doctor and Tonker Travers. I NEED to know what that web of mayhem and
intrigue was all about!
Why is the Doctor struggling
on the exercise bike and harsh diet? Why didn't he just say "soon enough
I'll lose about 80 pounds and a foot in height so leave me alone."
The cabin 6 / cabin 9 joke is
so fresh that it's still got soil on it.
I wish this script could be
sent back in time to 1964 and be made with the original Tardis crew. I
think I would probably marry it.
That aerobics music is so damn
funky it makes me want to put on legwarmers, stretch out my aches and
pains and then pummel the person who wrote it. But the scene is redeemed
with Rudge's beautifully insincere "sorry" when he deliberately tried to
"You appalling dunderhead" and
"you have the temperament of an over-cautious rabbit" are two of the
finest insults I've ever heard. I don't get out much.
"A double pulse? What are you,
a comedian?" makes no sense. I love it but it is drivel. Adorable drivel
but still meaningless pap. Lovely meaningless pap but still shite.