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YMMV / Doctor Who S24 E2 "Paradise Towers"

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  • Broken Base:
    • With a side of Critical Dissonance. The whole serial is somewhat divisive between those who think of it as part of the last "doldrums" season before "Remembrance of the Daleks" shook things up, or conversely the first story of that renaissance period.note  The latter opinion seems to be more prominent among critics, the former among casual fans, who seem to lump it in with the preceding years on the basis of camp alone.
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    • 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.
  • Ham and Cheese: Richard Briers openly admitted that he took his role to have the opportunity to act badly.
    (John Nathan-Turner) was looking at me in a funny old-fashioned way, we were rehearsing it, and I thought this guy I was playing wanted to rule the world and is completely mad. So that's that way I was playing it. And he (John Nathan-Turner) was looking at me and looking at me and I thought, "He doesn't seem to like me very much". In the end the director, who'd had a chat with him, came to me and said, "He's very worried about you", I said, "I know, I got the vibes. What's wrong?" and he said, "He thinks you're over-playing it". I said, "Oh, I thought it was that kind of a part. I don't see how you can underplay Adolf Hitler, if you want to rule the world, you can't be very subtle about it". He said, "No, he's worried about it". But my sidekick (Clive Merrison) said, "Never mind what he says, you do it your way, it's very funny" and I said, "Okay" and in fact you know I think I nearly lost the job. I think he thought I was sending it up, but I was simply over-acting.
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  • 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 Character: Even among people who love the serial and Briers playing the Chief Caretaker as a hammy tinpot Hitler , his performance as Kroagnon in the final part is widely disliked as he resorts to gurning and shouting instead.
  • 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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