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    Which did you enjoy The Black Orchid or The Unicorn &Was Views: 929
     Sunday, December 07 2008 @ 04:08 AM EST
    For this week post which did you enjoy old or new .Peter or David, The Black Orchid or The Unicorn and the Wasp.I will air your reply on my next show.Keep on buzzing.

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     Sunday, December 07 2008 @ 06:51 AM EST
    I loved the backdrop to both stories, but in turn both of them ended a bit disappointly for me.

    I loved the cricket scene in the Black Orchid (and I particularly loved the extended version of this in the Target novelisation). It was also good to see Nyssa and Tegan doing the Charleston (pretty well - in both cases!). In book form the funny tongued native American worked fine, in it's Televisual form it was pathetically weak. I guess I'm also a bit of a trainspotter at heart, so I'm a sucker for anything that involves an traditional English railway station.

    Re Unicorn & Wasp - The Agatha Christie backdrop thing I really liked. Also, as is the case with every other historical since The Doctor was revamped, they seemingly really nailed the period in question. I didnt think the story was great however, and it's not my favourite Gareth Roberts piece of work.

    Probably Black Orchid.

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     Monday, December 08 2008 @ 06:00 PM EST
    No question but that it's "The Unicorn and the Wasp". It was a lovely pastiche of something that hadn't been fully attempted on Doctor Who before. One of the highlights of the RTD era, not to mention the series. Aside from "Planet of the Ood", nothing had left me smiling at the end credits up to that point in the series. Course, after "Unicorn", every episode was a home run.

    "Black Orchid" contains some good bits, but the story isn't one of them.

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     Tuesday, December 09 2008 @ 04:00 AM EST
    The Unicorn & The Wasp. Although I wasn't that keen on this story I think that Black Orchid is, in my opinion, the worst & most boring Dr Who story ever. The only plus point being Peter Davidson's impressive cricketing abilities.

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     Tuesday, December 09 2008 @ 07:54 AM EST
    Which eye did you prefer having gouged out? Your left eye? or yor right eye?

    Levity aside, I think that the wasp and the unicorn, if only because it is easy to identify many revived series episodes which are worse than it.

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     Tuesday, December 09 2008 @ 12:40 PM EST
    Black Orchid showed that Doctor Who doesn't have to do monsters to be creepy. I'm getting sick of the fact that we have to have monsters in EVERY story, we don't need to!

    Although I enjoyed TUATW, the whole Wasp thing should have been saved for the SJA, far too childish!

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     Wednesday, December 10 2008 @ 12:27 PM EST
    I preferred "The Unicorn and the Wasp". I liked watching for all the hidden Agatha Christie references in the story.

    I also liked the supposition of her mysterious disappearance. Though the episode took a fanciful theory (and very unlikely) Agatha Chrisie's disappearance has never been solved and I liked that aspect of the story.

    But I still like "Black Orchid" as well. Not many people can do a double role like Sarah Sutton did in that story - and make it work. Her double role as Nyssa and Ann Talbot showed her versatility as an actress and the fact that she pulled it off so well just adds to her strengths.

    Picking between the two was tough choice.

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     Thursday, December 11 2008 @ 05:53 AM EST
    I've always been a big fan of Nyssa and I have to vote for Black Orchid as its a nostalgic pick for me. I remember seeing Black Orchid for the first time and being surprised that there wasn't a scary monster and that the run time was so short. But it's a period piece, that runs nicely and was a bit spooky. Looking back, it was rather nice.

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     Thursday, December 11 2008 @ 02:46 PM EST
    "The Black Orchid" by a mile.

    I liked the mood, the period, the seriousness of it. After a long stint of watching one Tom Baker episode per week until it got very tiring, Davison brought a freshness and a melancholy seriousness to the role that was missing with Tom Baker's open-toothed smile. He seemed to smile his way through everything after a while, though he started out very good.

    So when this episode came around, it was like a breath of fresh air. Short, sweet, and sad. A very solid episode.

    As opposed to "The Unicorn and the Wasp", which wasn't bad, but not as good as many previous "new" Who episodes.

    I also thought it a shame that they didn't link this huge frikkin' wasp to the disappearance of the bees that had been pushed at us in the first part of this season. No link? Are you kidding? For several episodes you mention the missing bees, then have an episode with a monster-sized wasp, and not even a mention... it should have been directly linked to the missing bees. That would have been a better episode.


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