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YMMV / Doctor Who S17 E5 "The Horns of Nimon"

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  • Ham and Cheese: Despite Graham Crowden's legendary chewing of scenery there was plenty of set left for other actors to dine on. One of the other characters - the co-pilot, played by Malcolm Terris - has the catchphrase "WEAKLING SCUM!" that he delivers in increasingly over-the-top pantomimic ways. Even more delicious is that during his death scene he overacts so spectacularly that his trousers visibly split. According to Doctor Who Magazine, "WEAKLING SCUM!!!" wasn't even in the script, Terris came up with it all by himself. Pop him between two slices of bread and you'd have a ham and cheese sandwich you could use to beat a bear to death.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: All the talk about the Nimon being the last survivor of his race becomes pretty dark to a New Who viewer.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm:
    • My DREEEAMS of con-QUEST.
    • While the above is certainly the most narmful, pretty much the whole story is narm after narm after narm. And thats before the trousers splitting scene. It truly is So Bad, It's Good on sheer pantomime alone. Graham Crowden really steals the show; "LORD NIIIIIMON! It is I! Soldeeeeeeed!", "The Nimon be praised!" "IIIIIIII SAAAAAAAAAAW TWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
    • The best part? Years earlier, the actor who delivered that glorious dose of camp turned down the opportunity to play The Fourth Doctor. Now imagine him in the role.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The story was best summed up by The Discontinuity Guide as "Wonderful with some friends and a bottle of wine". Graham Crowden's performance as Soldeed is by far one of the hammiest, most over-the-top performances in the entire series, and that is really saying something. His death scene is proof enough.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • An actor's legs are still visible standing still through a Chroma Key portal into which he has fallen, even after his character was supposed to have left the scene.
    • The Nimon are not the greatest-looking monsters the series has ever created, to put it mildly. If you watch closely, you can see the masks slip and the actor's neck underneath.
    • Some 'asteroids' in a space sequence are obviously just bits of cereal.

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