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     Home »  The Tom Baker Era »  INVISIBLE ENEMY 2-3
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     Sunday, April 12 2009 @ 06:49 PM EDT
    Well ep 2 isn’t all that bad and some unexpected things happen. I wasn’t sure what happened though as Leela is supposed to pilot the TARDIS or something and the next thing, she’s at the Bi Al institute. Apparently some scenes had to be deleted or something but I am sure that some of these snuck through when the show was shown in the US in the 1980s and late 70s. Anyway we meet K9 and things are not yet terrible. If you want a run down on how many things ARE wrong with the story check out ABOUT TIME 4. I recall the receptionist being overly cold toward Leela for no apparent reason, the silly FinEnglish used on all the doors and the very poor crash landing of the shuttle on the institute. Again, SPACE: 1999 had been doing stuff like this over many episodes and it almost always looked great, ditto Irwin Allen in the 60s; here DW just shows how it really cannot compare in those departments.

    One more thing about this story as we get to ep3: it obviously took some time and effort to make these sets and effects and to get the story working or not as the case may be. I cannot believe that this was a throw away story, just designed to fill in for something else. There was some real effort to get the sets working and the models and the well done music…why the scripts were horribly wrong in ep3 and beyond is beyond me. In some of this Leela’s firing a gun and nothing seems to come out, ditto the taken over crewmen and K9. At one point there wasn’t enough time to redo a scene properly thus K9 fires at a section of a wall that he already did on a previous take…the result: the wall as he and Leela approach it already has the blast marks and cracks on it before K9 blasts it in the finished episode! Ep3 is particularly bad. Many questions go on. Why do the clones have their clothing cloned? Complete with Tardis key? Why do the clones have some of their hair and belongings left behind in the Doctor’s skull? The explanation for their not drowning upon entry: they are too small for the water particles!? At least the entertaining FANTASTIC VOYAGE movie had some science in it, the science here in DW is just…awful.

    One explanation as to why the Doctor in Invisible Enemy disregards Leela’s danger instincts here and doesn’t ignore them in HORROR OF FANG ROCK is that INVISIBLE ENEMY was made first…and perhaps the development of the Doctor is that he learned in IE to trust her instincts and thus, in HORROR, he sticks up for her instincts. When they decided to show HORROR first, it looks like the Doctor trusts her instincts in that and sticks up for them in that and then in the very next adventure…scoffs at her feelings of danger.

    I also wonder what happened to the receptionist in the front desk at the Foundation. I also seem to recall Leela like this most of the time: fighting men in corridors with knives and blaster guns, rolling around, running, hiding, killing, aiming. She does so in many episodes as far as I can recall.

    Back to the shrinking bits: the Doctor’s quite smug in this. Also: why do the clones and the real ones feel a symbiotic pang or pain? It makes no sense. The whole clone thing makes no sense as far as real cloning goes although Marius tries to give us an explanation. Then in the brain, the Doctor seems to shoot the Nucleus and it looks like it is turned to cinders; he and Leela also vanish, leaving behind scarf, knife, and a bit of belt and/or hair!? We hear the Doctor’s voice, “The tear duct,” as if he and Leela somehow survived. It seems to me this was just a stupid set up for the cliffhanger of the new form of the Nucleus rising up out of the slide. It makes no sense otherwise…a really poor episode on many levels.

    Why is K9 taken over? How does he resist?

    Oh and tha’ts what’s in the Doctor’s imagination? A bunch of metallic bone like structures flying around. Great. Not.

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