Quote: Timbo @ November 15 2009, 9:43 PM GMT
It wasn't getting the science right I cared about. It was not even making a perfunctory attempt to explain why or how things were happening. People drank some unfiltered water and turned into human water cannons for no adequately explained reason. And why were these water-borne Martian bodysnatchers so determined to go somewhere with water when they were each capable of the output of the London ring main? And how did they do that? Apart from the limitations of the human body, where was the water coming from?
I don't normally go picking holes in stories, but with RTD there are more holes than plot. The bottomline for me is that RTD is a writer who simply doesn't understand sci-fi as a genre. All you get are flashy images that are not underpinned by any rationale, however tenuous. It is incredibly lazy writing.
I think Timbo and I are on the same page here.
I'm not too bothered about hard science in Doctor Who. My problem is a script problem.
I have no problem with the Doctor pointing his gizmo at the robot and reprogramming it by magic. I don't care about the feasibility of the human body producing water from nothing ad infinitum. You can just say "viruses" and leave it at that, it's fine.
What annoyed me was the script. If you're writing a script in which you make a big deal about these massive empty corridors they're forced to run down, and how it would be great if they had bikes, and if you're going to keep repeating that meme, and if you're then going to give us an jarringly plausible science reason why there are no bikes, but that reason draws into question the existence of the corridors in the first place, then I think you have a script problem.