Doctor Who: Cold Blood

It would have been nice to have the Silurians as allies against all those alien threats that humanity constantly faces in Doctor Who, but think of the continuity problems! The production team have enough on their hands trying to cover the cracks (pun intended) by all those time paradoxes caused by removing people from time. When you think about it’s like the plot from It’s a Wonderful Life multiplied many times over. Look at the way the lives of so many people changed when George Bailey was suddenly removed from time. This week it was Rory’s turn to be erased, which is rather annoying because he balanced the character mix inside the TARDIS nicely. I have the feeling that his inclusion in the series, and then the TARDIS, was only done to allow for the punch line of Amy losing all her memories of him. The pain of grief is a price worth paying to keep someone we care about alive in our memories and she was denied that gift?

I enjoyed the episode, even with the slightly clichéd military commander trying to start a war (in real life the military who have experience of war are often the most cautious about starting one). It was nice to see Stephen Moore as the Silurian Eldane (though he will always be Marvin, the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Universe to me). The plot was very reminiscent, in terms of humanity learning to cooperate with another species, with that of The Frontier in Space. The alien species in question here were the Draconians and as Tim Farr of Cardiff Timeless pointed out the design and makeup of the new Silurians would have been so much better if used for the Draconians. Now the Silurians look very similar to Draconians and it begs the question, what will Draconians look like when they eventually make their re-appearance?

Written by Peter Grehan



    May 31, 2010

    In a vain attempt to maintain my entirely irrelevant comments on the current series, I was pleased to see that part of both this episode and the last were filmed at the church in Llanwonno, deep in the forests that sit on top of the hills that overlook Mountain Ash, land of myth and fable.

    Frank Sable

    May 31, 2010

    Admin, I like your comments! The location was wonderfully used. I enjoyed this story. It was almost Classic ‘Who’! 😉

    J Garner

    May 31, 2010

    I cant take it any more. I don’t care what happens to them, its saying something when my favourite character was Rory. Is it possible for a Dr to regenerate into a past incarnation? I would happily take an older Peter Davidson back at this point or even the corpse of Patrick Troughton. Whats the shortest time a Doctor has survived?Please let this one take the record and while you’re at it push Amelia into a pond and bring back Russel T.;

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