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A friend very kindly gave me the new DOCTOR WHO
episode somehow survived. Cue some bright spark suggesting
utilising animation to resurrect the episodes for modern-day
viewing. Great idea, woeful execution, alas.
Sadly, the animation isn't much better than an episode
of CAPTAIN PUGWASH. So far I've watched the special
typos that render some sentences gibberish, and, on screen,
there's no consistency between the sizes of POLLY and BEN.
Sometimes Ben is taller than Polly, sometimes it's the other way
around, and sometimes they're both the same size. You can ac-
tually see through the DOCTOR's coat to his shirt and braces
underneath, and in one scene his left hand is several times
the size of his right and can be seen through his body.
The animation is basic and jerky, the backgrounds
static, with characters often facing in the wrong direction
to what's supposed to be occurring the other way. The ani-
mation in SCOOBY DOO is better, so that should give you
all an idea of just how bad it is. In one scene, the Doctor and
his two companions are being kept in a room, and Ben and
Polly are seen in"suitable clothing" - which hasn't yet
been given to them at that point in the story.
Anyway, I'll persevere with the remaining episodes
when my masochistic tendencies kick in again, but I may
just book an appointment with the dentist instead. Not quite
one to avoid, because the documentary on the making of the
programme is interesting, but don't expect PIXAR quality
animation or you're bound to be disappointed. Marks?
Only four out of ten, sadly. Should've been better.