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PostSubject: 059 - The Dæmons   Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:45 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 059 - The Dæmons   Wed May 01, 2013 3:08 pm

Another all time classic.

Roger Delgado is especially good in this one - actually one his best. Actually, everybody in the regular cast has some great moments in this one. Particularly Nicholas Courtney and his immortal line of "Chap with wings there. Five rounds rapid."

Of the guest cast, i especially loved Damaris Hayman as Miss Hawthorne, the "white witch" who "cast the runes!" Stephen Thorne as Azal also is great with that huge voice of his.

Another one that feels Avengers-ish, but that's still ok by me. This is great Doctor Who serial in every way.

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PostSubject: Re: 059 - The Dæmons   Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:54 pm

Well, this is my favorite episode of all of Doctor Who. I love the small village setting, the real people who inhabit it (Miss Hawthorne!) and the interactions of the UNIT family with them. Sgt. Benton and Capt. Yates get a lot of action. The Brig gets out in the field and I love him at the barrier wall trying to pretend he knows what is happening with the Doctor's invention. There are just so many moments I love, Jo's concern for the injured Doctor, the weather cock trick, the Brig in his dress uniform, Benton and Yates watching football eating corn beef, the Master in his best evilness. And while the Brigadier's line Chap with wings has become associated with him, I think his last line of the series really defines his character..."thank you Captain Yates, but I'd rather have a pint."
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PostSubject: Re: 059 - The Dæmons   Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:28 pm

I'm afraid I'm going to have to go against fan consensus here as I didn't really enjoy this one that much. It was by no means terrible but it wasn't amazing either. I was expecting the sort-of-satanist themes to be what would put me off, which I still wasn't a fan of, but it was actually that the story was just really quite boring. Not much happens and it didn't do anything for me. I don't have anything against simplistic plots because they do work, but this one felt too simple.

Personally, no one got any great, outstanding and memorable scenes in this story except the Brig. I wanted to enjoy this one because I'd heard a lot of good things about it, but unfortunately this story didn't deliver for me and I'm disappointed. I'd have liked to have seen more of Bok and Azal, and see them actually do more, too. Bok just runs around a couple of times, whilst Azal is out of frame for most of his scenes. They had potential to be cool villains but I think they were missed opportunities here. Azal's defeat was a bit of a cop-out and unimaginative, too.

My favourite bits were with the Brigadier, such as with the spectacled UNIT guy and the machine, the 'five rounds rapid' line and, as Ronpur mentioned, his last line was awesome! It was also nice to see Yates and Benton a bit more involved, but even then they still don't have much to do.

It wasn't an awful story at all and it had a few merits, but it was mostly just a bit 'meh' and disappointing for me.

2 stars, I think.
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