Prog.1: Plague Of Death (27:22)
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Prog. 1 review: Plaque of Teeth
(apologies to Dalek denticians and Radioactive gum-bacteria!)
Originally published as an oral-hygiene allegory for young Daleks ("Use 'Magnetic Toothpaste'(regd)* – Guaranteed Protection Against Rust-Decay … always remember to properly brush your Casings – especially those hard-to-get-at grills** and slats-mesh – paying special attention to washing behind those Headlamps") this promo for Dalek-healthcare And The Consequences Of Failure became such a popular Dalek-Mutant tale that it was made into an epic (small "e" there) motion-picture adventure and retitled (for the stumpier audience) as Doktor Dalek And The Plug Of Dearth.
[* Copyright Infringers will be Exterminated]
[** ah, so That's what I've been doing wrong!]
Stuart Palmer's exploitation* of fragmented remnants from this Dalek Chronicles 'MolarityPlay' – captured from damaged Units that failed to self-destruct – has resulted in a (dust-)disturbing tale of Examination-&-Inquest and High Indenture.
[* for which, since it actually counts as promotion of Dalek interest(s), he will be slightly less exterminated than most when the Invasion comes ]
The (pre-titles) teaser opens with a good example of 'just-right' Titletext-period in "Dalek Inventions Factory": wherein a beautiful little SFX-arrival draws the eye from First Glance* at the scene to the above Textitle which lingers long enough for us to absorb the meaning clearly, then leaving long enough of the after-text imageview** for one's imagination to conjure up some inventive speculations and curiosity about what such might be like – Before being presented with the artist's 'Given'.
[* short glimpse before text for simple images : longer gaze for complex – would be my formula there]
[** again, according to 'formula']
(First Quibble) Um, the Rod-bending needed to match the ClawArm-plunging!
Cool Coincidence Report!: whilst Empire 639's superb IntroTheme is playing (on my ultra-fi speakers) at a good volume, a largish helicopter passes over my roof (L>R) and puts a SuperBass movie-quality 'ChopperFX' right through the middle! Yay!! Yowza!!!
(Next Quibble) A couple of strangely prolonged scenes with nothing significant happening (no dialogue, etc) –e.g., very slow exit from de-rusted chamber of the Factory (which leads on to first example of "jiggly" bits...)
Why are some of the Dalek-movement 'shots' so distinctively 'Jiggly' in this one? (esp. forward & away movement – e.g., Black Dalek and team exiting the damaged Dalatomic Research Factory; & Black Dalek exiting the Observation Platform after the neutralization of the Rust Cloud). I've not seen this problem (so overtly) before.
Really well-depicted Rust attack on 'DESERT STATION GX.YUR' and its Daleks. A truly hair-raising Dalek demise – a genuine moment of 'Sympathy for the Dalek'! ("the screams, the screams!" – well it really turned Black Dalek's insides, he had to switch it off!!)
Wahoo! At last!! Hoverbouts!!!*
[* none of that silly 'Transolar Disks' business!]
Would've been nice to have had a Textitle saying what aerial view of Skaro we were getting at the start of the first ('Arrival Of The')Hoverbouts sequence.
I must compliment Stuart on the 'microanimation' of those little black Dalek icons on the StormPath-Map! Did they come from an original computer game version of Daleks? (I've never seen the JavaApplet version of VidGame Daleks for e.g.) as inspiration at all? – or are they all your own invention? (you little ol' Yarvelling you!) [All my own inventoion! - Stuart]
Tragic Error Report! The original comic strip had it right, but unfortunately here the rule has been reversed, to: "Like Poles Attract / Unlike Poles Repel" when it's actually the other way around!
Pondering ponderous pronouncement pronunciation (makes for good echo-timing tho') still a tad Too slow – ok on first viewing, but definitely drags for the next (aspect of being too careful about pacing speech for the audience?). At worst this results in imparting a slightly lacklustre feel to delivery of lines by Black Dalek in "DO NOT PANIC" speech in the Testlab (esp. after all the other –panicking– Daleks have demonstrated great capacity for expression!)
Nice editorial reordering of original text so that speech which in the comic serves to alert (logic-link) the Emperor of who to suspect (which is bleedin' obvious to Us o'course) becomes a nicely timed dramatic moment of "Speak o't' Devil (and Himself appears)…"
Fun with FX: uses of classic BBC(type) sound-effects, like 'divebomb-planecrash' make for a combination of humour, nostalgia and a weird kind of historical authenticity to the soundtrack.
More lovely moments:
The EyeStalk-shadows on the grouped Dalek-domes as they first panic about the Rust*;
[* whoops – I've given it all away now, haven't I?]
The slow-reveal of the Dalek BetaGamma Ray-Machine behind the 'dissolving'metal**;
[** "Looked more like it stayed solid and was turned invisible – the bits didn't drop off as they became fragments did they?!" (Now, now, don't be mean Mr DalekSupremePedant)]
Some 'T-Shirtably'Cool hoverbout shots;
The way that Stuart's extra dialogue leaves more time for the first Dalek-infection to take place***;
[*** no giveaway this time!]
"Do Not Touch My Casing! (whod'yerthinkyouare) You May Be Infected! (keepyer'andsteryourself)";
"Do Not Fight In Here! Do Not Fight In Here!" (Resisting the temptation to add: "This Is Tha War Room!" must have been quite a struggle, and I don't know that I'd have had the strength – or taste – not to!!);
The nightmarish 'Cries & Screams Off(stage)' as the Golden Emperor's SpaceSombreros return during the Glorious Dalek Debacle***;
[*** 'Teaser' there]
That vertiginous moment when it looks like a descending Hoverbout is going to do a 'Wile E Coyote' on the canyon floor, right next to the Emperor!
"WARNING! The Spoiler" (next 4 paras):
Excellent use of 'fisheye'distortion on views of Black Dalek (initially from Infected Dalek p.o.v., but last shot of that scene is a closeup of BD from an angle Not related to I.D.) in an expressionistic moment of distorted perception / shock realisation = combined subjective/objective view! And more cool SFX (e.g. shattered-image effect) during breakdown of Dalek Order as Plague Fear sweeps through the Dalek City (reigning chaos).
First tantalizing hint of DalekMutant-form inside a blasted Casing (just a 'claw' – respectfully Trad. moment).
A superb moment of textural 'interpretation' by Stuart when the word "volunteer" – as used to refer to a test subject – is stressed in a humorously unexpected way.
This must surely be the first time a Dalek has been depicted ordering its own Extermination!*
(I can't speak for any such cleverness in books or audios as I've not yet "encounter(ed) [-consume(d)-&-digest"(ed)] any of those).
[* clearly this must be where the NewSeries stole the idea from!]
Good Grief! – I've been watching AV's 1 - 6 (for the 3rd time) and have only Now noticed that 'instruction' on the TV21 logo-block telling me I'm supposed to watch these "EVERY WEDNESDAY"!!! (hmmm… I imagine that treating them as a regular weekly episode – even with a roughly-set same timeslot – would work really well, adding to them the pleasurable psychology we get* from 'real' tv! But…) Why Wednesdays? I mean, I've experienced once being a “Bad'Mondays, but 'Thor'sday was good”, sort and now I'm an "I Do Like Mondays - but can't get the hang of Thursdays" type lately. With Wednesdays being the “Officially Ambivalent” day of the week, I suppose this could be Clever Scheduling? (Not related to Cunning Planning.)
[* and got vividly reminded of during the periodic materializations of The New Series just passed (weekend before last over here in Oz)]
Plague Of Death is my favourite Dalek Chronicles story (only slightly ahead of The Zeg Fiasco - as the Dalek Emperor's secret file labels it) and as usual the Altered Vistas version truly brings it all to life! (Now I'm setting my 'Fickleness' Dial to "Incipient Treachery" in anticipation of having my favour diverted to the next Episode: Menace Of the Monstrons!