My Grade: A
My Grade: A
In this episode, they travelled to New Earth (hence the title name) to find a hospital run by "Cat Nuns", who have the cure to absolutely everything. Then the Doctor goes to investigate. Then we find out that Cassandra is back trying to find out the same thing.
We then flash to the nuns to find a room full of trapped humans, with every disease known to man.
If you like this much random action as i do, you'll like the whole of this series.
As it stands New Earth is quite a fun season opener for a show eagerly anticipated by millions of British TV viewers . If you're eight years old then a year is a very long time indeed and no doubt millions of children were delighted to see the return of the human trampoline Cassandra . The plot does descend in to areas of high camp in places but this seems tailor made for the tenth doctor and the enthusiasm of the cast draws the audience in to the fun . The make up is excellent and while the climax is a bit of a cop out ( it was written by RTD after all ) the final segment is genuinely touching
I think the worst thing about New Earth was the zombies. They looked really bad, and they weren't very good villains. Also, when the Doctor sprayed the zombies with the cure he mixed, shouldn't he have been affected in some way by it as well?
New Earth is a good episode of Doctor Who. It's fun, really funny, and the acting is good, but the villains and the zombies can be very off putting to new fans. Cassandra wasn't as good as she was in the End of the World, and her "pet" was really, really weird. For those reasons, New Earth wasn't a very good series opener. Still, it's not a bad episode. 7/10
I am very pleased that they are bringing back aliens from the second episode of the first season. The writers are doing an excellent job.
I don't want to spoil too much, but it is also established that Rose is attracted to the "New New" doctor thanks to the mind invasion of Cassandra. This one is worth a watch and I believe that David Tenant will be a strong actor in the role of the Doctor.
The Brits always get it right!
On the subject of technical inconsistency, why does Cassandra need her fancy illegal machinery only once, after which she can achieve the same results with an effort of will! Sorry, but this episode is uninspiring.
In this episode nothing is of the ordinary, Cat nurses are finding cures for everything, the face of Boe appears with a great secret, and Rose kisses the Doctor (although it is actually Cassandra) We also find out that Rose is attracted to the new doctor.
Some of the prosthetics coming out of this story are startling (cat nuns!) and the Face of Boe returns. That's good because I like the Face of Boe. He is joined by the Duke of Manhattan (with patrifold regression) and of course a new, new doctor. Scottish born actor David McDonald (or Tennant) is the newbie. But is he anything compared to Christopher Eccleston? Not really. No he isn't. This doctor is well too wacky with no warning. Creepy at times, shouting at times, and smiling at times. The bad thing is that we have another 13 weeks of this doctor. Billie Piper and Zoe Wanamaker are alright I guess. Zoe is only in the end but she acts fantastic. Billie hasn't changed a bit. Except from she isn't crying, she's too busy not being herself.
This is the section that brings this episode to a 6 out of a possible 10. Russell, after writing the horrid Christmas Invasion, is trying to do his best to keep this story in control. Well, if he had it would have been better. This story is in all types of places. Split up to the extreme. The first 15 minutes are safe, with a hospital and a body change. It goes horribly wrong after. It's a confusing plot and I spent a good couple of minutes trying to find out what was going on. But it was worth it for that beautifully written ending. It was exciting in one aspect, death and gore. Finally the special effects I disliked. I don't want to go into it though. But I just thought they really brought the story down.
NEW EARTH was OK.
The Doctor and Rose travel further then they've ever gone, The Doctor explains what happened to Earth after its destruction in Episode 'The End of the world,' hence 'New Earth,' and it's not long before we're met with a friend and a foe from that episode, The Lady Cassandra and the face of Boe are both patients at a hospital run by cats. They have the ability to cure impossible diseases, but how? Intensive care is a particularly unpalatable place, so the Doctor is dealing with two enemies, Cassandra and the Nurses.
The cast is outstanding, each of the cats, Dona Croll, Adjoa Andoh and Anna Hope are so good, those costumes must have been tough to wear. Billie Piper is excellent, Cassandra's transformation into Rose is hilariously done, from class to brass. Sean Gallagher is fun as Chip, but my favourite performance comes Cassandra's character through the different actors, her death scene is stunningly done, so moving.
It's not an epic story by any means, and the ending is a little light, but overall it's just real good fun and utterly original.
In its own way, though, New Earth is a bit of a landmark in the revived show, in that it's the first episode that actually takes place on another planet (sorry, spaceships and satellites don't count), namely the eponymous new home for mankind, chosen as their home-world after the original Earth was destroyed (in Season One's The End of the World). Here, the Doctor and Rose have an encounter with a race of feline nuns that are able to cure a surprising amount of diseases. Inevitably, something's not quite right about it, and the situation worsens when it turns out that the villainous Cassandra (Zoe Wanamaker), presumed dead after the events of The End of the World, is actually scheming against the time-traveling duo.
Despite a steady pace and the welcome return of both Cassandra and the Face of Boe, the episode is let down by a distinct lack of the novelty that made the first season such a delight to watch. Part of the problem is that Davies usually writes with a bigger picture in mind, but in this case, notwithstanding an intriguing mystery regarding the Doctor's relationship with the Face of Boe, it just feels like a filler story thrown in to start the season.
On the plus side, as mentioned earlier, Wanamaker's bad "girl" (well, an abnormally stretched human face or whatever) is a hoot, and the Doctor/companion relationship is given plenty of room to evolve in light of The Christmas Invasion, even if the contrivance to make them kiss is rather bland, not to mention used too early in the series, as opposed to the truly touching romantic moment between Eccleston and Piper during the climax of The Parting of the Ways. Fortunately, there's 12 more episodes to prove the first season wasn't a fluke...
The story sees the new new Doctor and Rose go to the future where they are reunited with old friend The Face Of Boe and old enemy Cassandra. They decide to go into a hospital where they discover that Cat-People have been creating human clones with the sole purpose of infecting them with every disease in existence so as to find a cure for everything. That's only the setting for the story though, as the main plot of the episode is about Cassandra possessing Rose's body in order to once again know what to is to live in a proper human body and thus extend her life even further. This is an interesting (but rather unoriginal) concept and it works well, shame about everything else going on in the episode that distracts from it.
The fact that this makes the villain sympathetic makes this an achievement for RTD who fills his script with clever moments of witty brilliance and Tennant & Piper both realise this to perfection with their very physical and energetic performances. The two of them have great chemistry on screen and show why the pairing of Ten and Rose is so popular. The episode also allows for both actors to show their acting ability with the scenes where each is possessed by Cassandra being particular highlights.
It's a shame about the clichéd plot: The diseased hordes just scream "ZOMBIE B-MOVIE" and the mind-swapping is nothing new. Both concerts have been done to death in the past. However, the episode finds a new perspective to come at both from by making all the enemies in this story sympathetic with the diseased people and Cassandra all seeking to be accepted and loved. When it comes down to it, isn't that all anybody ever wants? There are emotional moments throughout the ending scenes but never more than when Casandra visits herself at a party before she dies. Very sad. An achievement in writing.
To conclude: Unoriginal and mostly uninteresting. Saved by the witty dialogue and brilliant acting all round. 6/10