Plus, the story behind the Blue Peter Design a Monster competition [9], Director Dan Zeff said of the tone the production team wished to capture, "Working with an inspirational design team, we wanted to emphasise a melancholy feel, an emptiness in the world around our characters – big urban spaces that once may have been full of life, but now lay abandoned, rusting, decayed. All 11 songs featured in Doctor Who (2005) season 2 episode 10: Love & Monsters, with scene descriptions. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Daleks aren’t the most terrifying monster, so that puts them at the bottom of this list - but they are the ultimate Doctor Who classic monster, so that earns them a place regardless! 179, starring Marc Warren as Elton, with David Tennant as the Doctor) After a meeting, Elton, Ursula, and Mr Skinner stage a walkout. Joining Love & Monsters on this day was comedian Peter Kay, whose interest in Doctor Who had come to Davies' attention after Kay had written a lengthy letter of praise to the production office upon the conclusion of the first season. Kennedy's alien form, known as the Abzorbaloff, was designed by the winner of a children's competition to design a Doctor Who monster. Written by Russell T Davies. Standing over her lifeless body: a pinstripe-suited man named The Doctor. The London Investigation 'n Detective Agency (or LINDA for short) acquires a new member in the form of Victor Kennedy. Elton Pope sees a photograph of the Tenth Doctor taken during a recent alien invasion on Ursula Blake's blog. [16] It was then rereleased as part of the Complete Second Series boxset on 20 November 2006. Doctor Who: "Love & Monsters" Review. Ursula realises she forgot her phone, and she returns with Elton only to discover that Victor is an alien, whom Elton dubs an Abzorbaloff. [6] Davies described the episode, "It's an experimental script. Due to the addition of a Christmas special in the production schedule, an episode had to be "double banked" with another story (in this case "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit") for production to finish on time. New books! "[22] Arnold T Blumburg of Now Playing gave the episode a grade of D-. Template:Doctor Who episodes by Russell T Davies. "[11] The episode features the songs "Mr. Blue Sky", "Don't Bring Me Down", and "Turn to Stone" by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Elton's favorite band. The Abzorbaloff tricks Ursula into being absorbed as well, revealing that a single touch is enough to absorb a victim, before pursuing Elton. New this month: Scandal rocks an elite British boarding school in The Divines. The one where a child made the monster, but monkeys made the story. "Love & Monsters" is the tenth episode of series two of the 2005 relaunch of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who and the twenty-first episode of the series overall. [3] Peter Kay had written a letter to Davies after the new series began in June 2005, and Davies replied to him in September offering a guest spot in an episode. The Abzorbaloff reveals that he has absorbed the rest of LINDA and wishes to also absorb the Doctor to gain his accumulated experience and knowledge. Still, at least in Love and Monsters at least RTD doesn't openly call the characters depicted Ming Mongs as he actually referred to fans in real life - in Love and Monsters he just heavily infers it. [4][5], As such, executive producer and writer Russell T Davies had to come up with a story that had a good reason to keep the Doctor and Rose out. But just as you think you know everything this programme can do, this puts a little bit of spin on it. It was written by executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies and directed by Dan Zeff. In the episode, a human called Elton Pope (Marc Warren) joins a group of people who have a shared interest in the alien time traveller the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and his ship the TARDIS. It also made me think about the show in some new ways. B. Tauris. "[7] The episode had the working title of "I Love the Doctor". The episode is set in London. [9], Another necessity the episode had to fulfill was to include the winner of Blue Peter's "Design a Doctor Who Monster" competition. Love and Monsters begins in 1979 with the publication of ''Doctor Who Weekly", the magazine that would start a chain of events that would see creative fans taking control of the merchandise and even of the program's massively successful twenty-first century re. The Graak was created by the Doctor to try and find an escape from the Master after he had trapped the first seven incarnations of the Doctor in the Determinant. [9] Davies wanted Elton to be a "normal guy" and not geeky with a "funny voice". Perhaps the most epic appearance was … In response, the absorbed members collectively use their willpower to suppress the Abzorbaloff, who ends up dropping his cane. Welcome back. Love & Monsters ★★★★★ Russell T Davies's offbeat masterpiece, a "Doctor-lite" tale starring Marc Warren and Peter Kay. At Ursula's prompting, Elton breaks the cane, which causes the Abzorbaloff to melt into the ground. [14] The episode gained an Appreciation Index score of 76. Written by Russell T. Davies.. A silly and (mostly) drama-free episode that focuses on a minor character. "Doctor Who" Love & Monsters ( - 2006.06.17) quotes on planetclaireTV. Elton and Ursula, with three others, form a group who have similarly encountered the Doctor known as LINDA (London Investigation 'N' Detective Agency). [3] It is noted Elton's memory may not be entirely reliable, so whether events in the episode happened the way he remembers them is debatable. Doctor Who - S02E10 - Love and Monsters (1) (1) Report. "[18] Louisa Pearson of The Scotsman noted that hardcore fans would dislike the comedy and the "panto" performance of Kay, but commented, "It's true, this episode came close to being a spoof, but it was actually quite nice to have a rest from the Doctor. We’d love your help. It’s certainly the warmest, and somehow it feels like the most personal." An alien species, they were responsible for the fall of Gallifreyand have always been considered the Doctor’s main nemesis. [21], In 2011, SFX named "Love & Monsters" as one of the best Sci-Fi TV Mockumentaries, saying that it worked as an example of the genre and was not too bad on rewatch. "Love & Monsters" was watched by 6.66 million viewers in the United Kingdom and was met with divisive reception by critics and fans. One day a man by the name of Victor Kennedy (who says he cannot be touched due to a skin condition) interrupts a meeting and points out that LINDA has lost focus. As he resigns himself to being absorbed, the TARDIS materialises and the Doctor and Rose emerge from within. [19] IGN's Ahsan Haque gave the episode a score of 9.5 out of 10, particularly praising the dialogue. [12] Overnight ratings for the UK were 6.22 million, a 38.3% audience share. He was portrayed by Peter Kay. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Ask questions and download or stream the entire soundtrack on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, & Amazon. April 15th 2012 [17], "Love & Monsters" is noted for having a divided reception. note "Love & Monsters" is the tenth episode of the second series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast on BBC One on 17 June 2006. [3] This was a production necessity because the Christmas special had increased the number of episodes to produce from 13 to 14. Not so experimental that people will run away screaming from Saturday-night BBC1, because you can experiment too much. note Besides the Doctor Who-ness of it, it's also fun to remember when being that big of a geek meant fanzines instead of websites. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. [2], William Grantham's original drawing for the Abzorbaloff, Unlike the vast majority of Doctor Who stories, "Love & Monsters" has only nominal appearances by the TARDIS crew, and is not from their point of view. [1][2] Rose remarks on the Abzorbaloff as being a little bit Slitheen-ish in appearance; the Abzorbaloff states that he comes from Clom, the sister planet of the Slitheen homeworld Raxacoricofallapatorius. by I. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Elton is cornered in a dead end alley. The most [Waste ground] (A young man is stumbling over broken bricks and rubble until he comes to a row of old warehouses with metal doors, and a blue police telephone box outside them. "Love and Monsters" is a confused story that wants to be about appreciating the beauty of life despite its hardships. Love and Monsters begins in 1979 with the publication of ''Doctor Who Weekly", the magazine that would start a chain of events that would see creative fans taking control of the merchandise and even of the program's massively successful twenty-first century reboot. A silly and (mostly) drama-free episode that focuses on a minor character. Though a bit too scholarly at times, this is an interesting book for how it traces the culture of Doctor Who's fandom and media form 1979 through the present. He manages to meet Jackie at a laundrette and is invited to her apartment. He was positive towards the first 30 minutes, which he described as a "touching little tale" with interesting characters, but called the final 10 minutes "juvenile attack on the audience's intelligence and emotions" that ruined the episode with "a laughable monster and offensive humor at exactly the wrong moment". [25] The scene where Elton says he and Ursula have "a bit of a love life" was criticised by some commentators, who felt that the resultant implication of having oral sex with a paving slab was unsuitable for Doctor Who's large family audience; others, however, dismissed this dialogue as a harmless joke that children would not understand. [3] The "Doctor-lite" (and sometimes "companion-lite") structure has continued as a tradition, producing episodes such as "Blink" (2007), "Turn Left" (2008), and "The Girl Who Waited" (2011). The article noted that criticisms of the episode ranged from "Kay's overacting and the silly Slitheen-esque monster to annoyance at how, well, lame the members of LINDA are. I'm not sure that I would have fitted in the hard-core group of fans for most of Who's history, but it's fascinating to read about them. "Doctor Who" Love & Monsters (TV Episode 2006) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. The Doctor gave the Graak full movement capabilities and the ability to keep in touch with all of the Doctors via a telepathic link. An excellent account, both scholarly and personal, of the evolution of strands of fan discourse which proved influential on the development of Doctor Who as multimedia storytelling enterprise in the 1990s and the revived television series in the 2000s. Do ponto de vista de produção, ele incluiu um monstro criado por uma criança, de nove anos de idade, William Grantham, para uma competição Blue Peter. 45 mins. It touches people, absorbs them and their face actually appears in the body — terrifying. Adventures in time and space with the wandering Time Lord. Love and Monsters. A dark secret spans several... Scholar and Whofan Miles Booy has written the first historical account of the public interpretation of Doctor Who. [2] As such, the production was "double banked" with "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit" so Tennant and Piper could film those episodes while another unit worked on "Love & Monsters". However, he felt that some of the sadder aspects "seemed out of place in what should have been a purely light-hearted comedic episode". Interesting history of the intersection of Doctor Who and its fandom. Elton is given the task of getting close to Rose's mother Jackie. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published It was written by executive producer and lead writer Russell T Davies and directed by Dan Zeff.. Eight volumes of the series have been published by Shueisha under their Dash X Bunko imprint since June 2016. Duration. The Abzorbaloff is just a reminder of one of the little the things that bugs me about Doctor Who, the insistence of having monsters or aliens in stories that don’t really need monsters or aliens. Overall, an interesting read that's pretty different from other Doctor Who NF, which tends to focus on the texts rather than the context. Start by marking “Love and Monsters: The Doctor Who Experience, 1979 to the Present (Investigating Cult TV Series)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Series 2: 10. Let’s Kill Hitler. This episode contains flashbacks to the events of "Rose", "Aliens of London", and "The Christmas Invasion"; some footage was reused, but most was restaged to be from Elton's point of view. "Love & Monsters" was the first example of a "Doctor-lite" episode in the new series: because the lead actors only appear for a few minutes in this episode, they're free to film another one simultaneously. [1], "Love & Monsters" was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 17 June 2006. This is about the fans who subscribed to Doctor Who Magazine and read the novelizations and maybe even belong to fan clubs. Besides the Doctor Who-ness of it, it's also fun to remember when being that big of a geek meant fanzines instead of websites. 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