'Doctor Who' Season Three Overview: Part Four
Most visually impressive were the rhino-like intergalactic cops - the Judoon. Fantastic prosthetic effects made the creatures look suitably realistic as they stomped onto the moon in 'Smith and Jones'. Their high tech gadgetry was hilariously juxtaposed with a distinct thuggery, noticeable in their voices, and the fondness for marking people with a felt tip pen like a nightclub bouncer stamping a club goer. Old school fans could well have been fooled into momentarily thinking the Sontarans were making a comeback, given the look of their external costumes and helmet.
The accolade for scariest monsters of the season is a toss up between The Family of Blood's hideous scarecrow army and the Weeping Angel statues from 'Blink'. The former's hay-filled sack for a head - with black holes for eyes - and stilted walking filled many with dread and saw sales of Wurzel Gummidge DVDs plummet amongst children. Well, perhaps.
As for the statues, the power of suggestion was used to the fore in this creepy episode that will have led to hordes of children trying to defy the urge to blink even for the tiniest fragment of a second. The ghastly expressions on the stony visages of the Angels were truly the stuff of pure nightmares.
The most intriguing new monsters were certainly the Toclafane, the spherical metallic critters deployed by The Master (aka Harold Saxon) to butcher and enslave the human race. Reminiscent of the vicious orbs from the film Phantasm, the contents of the creatures prompted much speculation before the season finale. Given that the Daleks had appeared in the last episodes of Seasons One and Two, could we be blamed for half-expecting the metal balls to suddenly turn - Transformer-like - into the rasping pepperpots from Skaro? Or perhaps the Toclafane were merely a cover for new cyber technology?
Wrong! Russell T. Davies cleverly pulled off a Masterstroke (apologies for the pun) by unveiling the slicing and dicing prone beings to be Humans of all things! Of course, humans from a supposed Utopia far, far into the future. But still, it's a scary thought about what may happen with human evolution somewhere down the line, and plaudits are deserved for such a twist.
Aside from these creatures, several other alien villains took a predominantly human form. The likes of the Plasmavores, Carrionites and The Family of Blood all blended into our world like one of our own, but all harboured sinister ambitions that were most certainly out of this world... and perhaps out of the show's budget too!
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