Saturday, 17 April 2021

Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon

 High time we had some more Dr Who - it's been several years since I posted about him. 

Unfortunately The Monster of Peladon is not a favourite and I am unlikely to be able to rehabilitate it in any marked way. The usual criticisms are that it is too like the preceding The Curse of Peladon, problems ewit slow pacing and that the doctor and Sarah Jane just don't seem to gel. I personally would add an extra one that the galactic ambassador is very irritating. Once you get over her appearance of a single eyeball, which makes her look like a speaking penis, she is very wearing.

I find the social structure within the planet quite interesting. The miners are, as you would expect, working class. I have posted about TV doing this before but you would be able to tell that they are working class because they have bare chests (with or without hairy shoulders). The guards are also working class because of the resilient nature of their uniforms. Otherwise I feel any sexy significance to the amount of leather in the show was intended to be missed by the viewers!

Pertwee is of course excellent and my view is that the whole thing is worth watching for this Venusian lullaby:



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