Doctor Who — “The Aliens of London”

Aliens invade London, there’s a military presence around the United Kingdom, but there’s no UNIT commander (where’s the Brigadier?). Downing Street is easily infiltrated by aliens despite stern security measure after 9/11? This isn’t Doctor Who. This is bad science fiction. If I wanted another crude monster flick, I’d watch a Jack Arnold movie.


  1. “This isn’t Doctor Who. This is bad science fiction.”

    I thought the two were one and the same. I’m not a DW fan from way back – I checked the new series out on a lark – but it seems obvious that if you’re looking for good SF this isn’t the place to go. As ridiculous as the “Aliens of London” two-parter was, I enjoyed it, and in fact I found much more disturbing the definite hints of romance between the Doctor and Rose – isn’t that a DW no-no?

  2. Actually, I happen to think that Doctor Who, when it works, is GOOD science fiction. Sure, it’s a show done on an absurdly smal budget. But part of the charm is seeing the writers and the actors do their best, despite the flimsy sets and the crappy special effects. Even when there’s a bug-eyed monster story, there’s funny dialogue (such as the Brigadier saying, “Just this once, I’d like to meet an alien menace that wasn’t immune to bullets.”) or rich charcterizatiosn (the betrayal/redemption of Captain Yates, the relationship between the Master, Jo Grant and the Doctor, the Doctor gradually revealing elements of Ace’s past to her).

    I didn’t really mind the flirtation between the Doctor and Rose. Seemed more playful to me. And besides it’s been established multiple times in Russell T. Davies’ version that the Doctor isn’t interested in romance.

    What I was upset by was the wretched nature of the aliens. I didn’t so much mind the farting, but I really hated the idea of the top levels of government being so casually infiltrated. The old “Doctor Who” was plausible enough not to do something so brash — to keep the nature of UNIT just within the parameters of reality to be real. That’s not the case for the new show, and it’s a pity.

  3. I’m really going to prove myself a novice here, but what is UNIT? I rolled my eyes at Mickie’s ability to control ballistic missiles from his home computer, but is this something from the series’ continuity?

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