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YMMV / Doctor Who S24 E2 "Paradise Towers"

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  • Broken Base: Over whether the original musical score by David Snell or the ultimately used one by Keff McCulloch was the better one. On the one hand, Snell's score is often accused of being repetitive and suffering from whiny, high-pitched instrumentation, while McCulloch's benefits from better synthesizer usage. On the other hand, Snell's is at least seen to be in line with the intended tone of the story, whereas McCulloch's score seems like a bunch of stock cues hastily thrown together (which in fairness it probably was, given that he only had a few days to do it), which does little to enhance the mood.
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  • Ham and Cheese: Richard Briers openly admitted that he took his role to have the opportunity to act badly.
  • Narm: Many fans have noted that between his comically oversized moustache and habit of randomly slurring and shouting his words, the Kroagnon-possessed Chief Caretaker is very reminiscent of the Gumbys from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • Narm Charm: The story may be ridiculous in almost every way, but it's fun, and Richard Briers turns out a rather unforgettable villain, even if he manages to chew more scenery than the Daleks, as the John Cleese-esque Chief Caretaker.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Its detractors argue that the story's biggest problem is that it's written as a grim and gritty satire, whereas the production team were pushing the show in a Lighter and Softer, more kid-friendly direction as a result of criticism aimed at the show's violence earlier in the decade. Had it been made a year or two later when the show was going back in a darker direction, it would likely have been better received.


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