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Rate Midnight

Postby Cygnus Prime » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:05 pm

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As part of a well-deserved holiday, the Doctor takes a tour on a planet called Midnight. Little does he know that something is knocking on the walls, although the planet shouldn't be inhabited. Soon the passengers begin to panic when one of them is possessed.






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Re: Rate Midnight

Postby LizR » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:01 am

Cardboard characters, the most boring alien ever invented, and an ending in which a random extra decides to commit suicide to save the day. They should have watched Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" to get some idea of how to do this "people cooped up with a hidden bad guy" sorta thing. Nil points.
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Re: Rate Midnight

Postby Cygnus Prime » Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:58 pm

This is definitely a marmite episode. Some love it, some think it's a load of rubbish.

Have to confess that it is my all time favourite NEW-WHO episode, that I think is a worthy drama in it's own right.

It is the only story ever, I think, to show the Doctor - who has faced down the terrors of the universe - to be almost undone by one small, scared, increasingly paranoid group of humans.

For perhaps the first time ever we see a Time Lord genuinely out of his depth - and saying he is clever only makes things worse for himself....

Here is the meat of the episode.......









I suspect that it (perhaps consciously and deliberately) owes more than a debt to the THE MONSTERS ARE DUE ON MAPLE STREET episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, showing the descent into paranoia, savagery and madness that humans are capable of under even the slightest applied outside pressure......


Maple Street is full of children playing and adults talking when a shadow passes over, accompanied by a roar, a flash of light, along with falling stars. Everyone notices, but they originally assume that it is a meteor, and quickly resume their activities. The residents soon discover that their power went off, affecting stoves, lawn mowers, cars and phones. They gather in the street to discuss the situation.






I know it is a controversial choice, but if some bizarre floating rag-monster turned up and turned the whole of New Who turned to dust I would ask for MIDNIGHT to be spared...... :death:



See Also........


THE TWILIGHT ZONE & THE OUTER LIMITS Thread:

http://www.planetmondas.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=5844


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Re: Rate Midnight

Postby Black Orchid » Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:10 pm

The first half is a bit slow, but wow the second half really delivers - wonderful stuff.

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