Another benefit of Evil is the music â€“ simple, sinister and brooding. But itâ€™s Troughtonâ€™s reaction to the Daleks all through the story that kept me on the edge of my seat. He knows that the Daleks are evil, dangerous and scheming and communicated that to us viewers. It was great stuff â€“ almost as good and Web of Fear.vindu wrote:Oh my word... seeing "Evil 2" again makes me weep...
(i)...with joy, for how extraordinary Troughton was as an actor;
(ii)...with despair, for the lost episodes;
(iii)...with sorrow, that more people do not appreciate how good Doctor Who used to be.
Absolutely that's what was missing from the script, from Matt's acting, and from the direction: any sense that the Doctor could be afraid of the Daleks. Time War or no Time War, the Doctor should be scared of the main threat. He should be creeping and sidling around them, ever watchful for the gunstalk. He should know that he could be killed in an instant. He should be wary. He should be respectful.
And hereâ€™s the rub â€“ Doctor Who at itâ€™s classic best was dark and threatening. Itâ€™s when we understand the danger on screen as something visceral and identify with the Doctorâ€™s dilemmas, thatâ€™s when we get sucked into the story.
The more apparently realistic the danger and menace faced by the Doctor the more chance there is of us getting dragged into the story. And big colourful Daleks â€“ that look like buoyancy aids or sex toys â€“ will do quite the reverse. Would Davros have been so effective if heâ€™d turned up in a floral shirt and a pair of surfer shorts?
There are tried and trusted ways to create a sense of evil on screen and painting something a bright colour isnâ€™t one of them.