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Old 12-10-2012, 08:06
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When I first watched Ghost Light many years ago, it was a very complex story which made very little sense. Today when I watch it, well, it hasn’t changed much really! Well, I say that jokingly but it is a little easier to understand but if you stopped me in the street and asked me to explain it to you, I’d find it extremely difficult though in my head it makes sound sense!

I love stories in creepy/haunted houses so this was ideal for me. It was an effective contrast to the story either side of it and it worked so much better. The most important thing about the story is that just for once during this Era, the incidental music was just right and suited it perfectly. It really helps give it some atmosphere. Straight from the off we are presented with the old fear of nasty things in the house after a certain time and The Doctor arrives and you know his timing is not gonna be good!

Off course, this was the start of the Ace ‘trilogy’ for want of a better word. The first time ever that a companion had really got a personal storyline after her debut in this way. I liked the way she was deliberately dressed with an off the shoulder costume to shock the historical characters more and then her rapid change into a ‘suit’ look before changing into her end costume. And I have to say, she looked hot in that one! However, back to the story and yes, I enjoyed all the stuff with her finding out the house The Doctor had brought her to was the one she burned down a 100 years later. The use of the sirens and blue lights was quite effective. Plus the catfight with Gwendoline as an unaware Doctor walks past was excellent!

Though Ghost Light wasn’t my fave story of the Season, I do think this was my favourite performance of McCoy’s. I loved the way The Doctor just juggled everything that was going on and then teased Light mercilessly in the last episode in this calm, mocking tone. Absolutely loved the way he played those scenes.

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And Gwendoline ,I thought her character had this subtle underlying menace which was enhanced whenever she was with Josiah and her trips to 'Java', but she was also very vulnerable as well.

In fact all the other characters are good. The deranged Redvers Cooper, the ever hungry Constable and the old fashioned and outraged Ernest Matthews bring a little something to the story and in the latters case, he’s given something as well as he quite literally Goes Banana’s! Also loved Nimrod, who despite seemingly out of place in his surroundings works really well.

Mrs Pritchard is one hard-nosed lady and her maids are suitably creepy, love the way they just appear on the dot at 6.

As for Light itself, was a slightly strange character really. Not really sure if it worked or not. It felt at times that his purpose was similar to Azal in The Daemons, where he has to catalogue everything.

As for the plot, sometimes I feel there is so much going on it’s hard to keep track of it all. I’m not sure the whole plot of poisoning the Queen was really a necessary one, it seems so disconnected from the other storylines. Plus you have Ace’s storyline, The Doctor trying to keep on top of every situation and then the whole Java thing and the various characters having their own stories as well. No wonder it confused people!

So if I were to sum this one up, I’d say it needs several rewatches to get the gist of it as every time you can spot something different. It is nevertheless enjoyable and in some ways is a bit of a forerunner of New Who with so much emphasis being placed on the companion. It's also a bit of a grower as I wasn't keen on it at first but now certain aspects of it are very enjoyable.

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:04
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just to disgress are you going to carry on with these daily reviews into the new series? some are a few years old now so probably worth doing i think.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:15
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just to disgress are you going to carry on with these daily reviews into the new series? some are a few years old now so probably worth doing i think.
Yes, I've already said I would as others like me weren't on the forum when the New Series started so may want the chance to discuss earlier Series.

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Old 12-10-2012, 09:50
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Ghost Light is choc full of atmosphere and surreal imagery. It's also perhaps the first time a story has been made that actively requires more than one viewing for the audience to fully get it.

Marc Platt had long been a fan, and had been submitting story ideas for some time. As a result Ghost Light comes across as superior fan fiction (in much the same way as many BBC Wales stories written by Cornell, Roberts, Gatiss and especially Davies and Moffat). This is not to denigrate these stories in any way - this sort of fan fiction still makes for engrossing television (unlike the Ian Levine influenced continuity obessed fan fiction that appeared on screen during the Colin Baker era). It's more that stories like Ghost Light are infused with the spirit of Doctor Who in every word. Despite the oddball nature of the plot, Ghost Light is still, somehow, pure Doctor Who, it feels like Doctor Who at every point, and this is a wonderful thing.

And although it can be followed by the not-we Great British Public (and, interestingly, it was watched by noticeably more people than the far more conventional Battlefield), Platt has written this complex, multi-layered tale safe in the knowledge that the die hard fans will watch this over and over. In this he's not so different from how Moffat writes Who these days, where the complexities of the arcs and the links between stories often only fully reveal themselves after more than one viewing. In fact, every story this season has far more in common with 21st Century Who than with the previous 25 years. Not just the emphasis on Ace, which is rightly notable in itself, but also the structure, the pacing, the editing, the acting - all are much closer to the BBC Wales series than they are to, say, The Trial Of A Time Lord.

Ghost Light divides fans though - is the Alice In Wonderland feel just too much to take? Well no, especially if you consider that just a year before we were watching the Happiness Patrol! The heightened reality of Gabriel Chase, and the bizarre characters found within, creates a dreamlike mood. Many of the characters play against type, especially Light itself, with that weedy voice and the fact that it's not especially evil, merely a sort of obsessive collector (hmmm, wonder where uber-fan Platt got the idea from... ). Ghost light inhabits a world all of it's own in which the Doctor, for once, is virtually the most normal person! McCoy shines in the role here, clearly relishing the part. What a shame it was it was the last story that was filmed.

And how did Marc Platt come up with the character of Josiah Samuel Smith? Well is it a coincidence that the Fitzroy Tavern (popular London fan's pub) served Samuel Smith's beer back in the 1980s?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:07
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As for Light itself, was a slightly strange character really. Not really sure if it worked or not. It felt at times that his purpose was similar to Azal in The Daemons, where he has to catalogue everything.

I thought the casting of Light was the one big cock up of the story. The guy playing him was more used to playing thuggish/gangster roles (as in Eastenders) which didn't suit the role at all, and that was before the decision was made for him to play it a bit camp. Light really should have been played by a woman!

This is certainly Sylvester McCoy's best (televised) performance as The Doctor.


Also Marc Platt is one of the few classic era writers I would have liked to have seen come back to write for the new series.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:19
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Ghost Light is choc full of atmosphere and surreal imagery. It's also perhaps the first time a story has been made that actively requires more than one viewing for the audience to fully get it.

Marc Platt had long been a fan, and had been submitting story ideas for some time. As a result Ghost Light comes across as superior fan fiction (in much the same way as many BBC Wales stories written by Cornell, Roberts, Gatiss and especially Davies and Moffat). This is not to denigrate these stories in any way - this sort of fan fiction still makes for engrossing television (unlike the Ian Levine influenced continuity obessed fan fiction that appeared on screen during the Colin Baker era). It's more that stories like Ghost Light are infused with the spirit of Doctor Who in every word. Despite the oddball nature of the plot, Ghost Light is still, somehow, pure Doctor Who, it feels like Doctor Who at every point, and this is a wonderful thing.

And although it can be followed by the not-we Great British Public (and, interestingly, it was watched by noticeably more people than the far more conventional Battlefield), Platt has written this complex, multi-layered tale safe in the knowledge that the die hard fans will watch this over and over. In this he's not so different from how Moffat writes Who these days, where the complexities of the arcs and the links between stories often only fully reveal themselves after more than one viewing. In fact, every story this season has far more in common with 21st Century Who than with the previous 25 years. Not just the emphasis on Ace, which is rightly notable in itself, but also the structure, the pacing, the editing, the acting - all are much closer to the BBC Wales series than they are to, say, The Trial Of A Time Lord.

Ghost Light divides fans though - is the Alice In Wonderland feel just too much to take? Well no, especially if you consider that just a year before we were watching the Happiness Patrol! The heightened reality of Gabriel Chase, and the bizarre characters found within, creates a dreamlike mood. Many of the characters play against type, especially Light itself, with that weedy voice and the fact that it's not especially evil, merely a sort of obsessive collector (hmmm, wonder where uber-fan Platt got the idea from... ). Ghost light inhabits a world all of it's own in which the Doctor, for once, is virtually the most normal person! McCoy shines in the role here, clearly relishing the part. What a shame it was it was the last story that was filmed.

And how did Marc Platt come up with the character of Josiah Samuel Smith? Well is it a coincidence that the Fitzroy Tavern (popular London fan's pub) served Samuel Smith's beer back in the 1980s?
Not especially evil? He kills off a good bunch of people for not 'following' HIS program! Amoral at best methinks.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:25
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Not especially evil? He kills off a good bunch of people for not 'following' HIS program! Amoral at best methinks.
Hmmm was Light an ex President of the USA?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:54
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I think the only criticism I would level at Ghost Light is that it tries to cram too many things in there, and the themes sometimes get a little muddled. Lots of stuff about evolution and change, but not many of them are explored enough.

Similarly, why would Light be cataloguing a relatively commonplace planet like Earth, and be flummoxed by something like evolution? Are we supposed to believe that Earth is the only place where things change over time? And why then would he be running experiments that to all intents and purposes seem to be about evolutionary change?
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:38
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I have always loved Ghost Light. It has such atmosphere and energy to it and there's so much to admire. The characterisation and performanes are all perfect (with, maybe, the exception of Light. John Hallam has been so good in so many other things, but is a bit miscast here).

I have always been struck by the final scene ever recorded of C20th DW, which i think has a real tragedy to it. Mrs Pritchard and Gwendoline reunited ... and then turned to stone. Horrible. Such a sad scene. DW is really growing up, being able to present scenes such as this one and giving them proper, serious gravity.

It always intrigues me that the Doctor says he can't forgive Gwendoline because she enjoyed herself too much. It makes me think "what gives the Doctor the entitlement to forgiveness?". This is one of the moments when the Doctor comes across as all-powerful (as he does in a few other 7th Dr stories), and it seems a bit wrong to me.

Katharine Schlesinger as Gwendoline is utterly outstanding. "That's the Way to the Zoo", and "Java" will always give me goosebumps.

The scene where Ace is haunted in a hallway is very effective and creepy. Light in the snuffbox. The policeman in the drawer. Butterflies coming to life. The maids in the cupboards. The Reverend Ernest Matthews. "infernal telephonic devices".

I've always loved this story, and I think I always will.
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Old 12-10-2012, 13:00
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for me Ghost light was the best story made since Caves, Sylvester has really finally nailed the part and he is far better as the darker Doctor than he was the clown of season 24.
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Old 12-10-2012, 14:32
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I thought the casting of Light was the one big cock up of the story. The guy playing him was more used to playing thuggish/gangster roles (as in Eastenders) which didn't suit the role at all, and that was before the decision was made for him to play it a bit camp. Light really should have been played by a woman!

This is certainly Sylvester McCoy's best (televised) performance as The Doctor.


Also Marc Platt is one of the few classic era writers I would have liked to have seen come back to write for the new series.
I can't really comment on Marc Platt as I don't know much about him but your other two points I agree with completely. I have seen Ian Hogg on other things and he is usually one mean b*****d. I thought the camp voicing a bit strange too, made even more strange he reverted to his own voice at times. Also agree a woman could easily have played this role and been more effective, it could have even added a further edge between Light and Control in this.

As for McCoy, aside perhaps from his debut, I never ever had a problem with his Doctor, it was everything else that seemed to amiss. This story he was absolutely awesome and he had some great dialogue as well, I love that line about Bus Stations and the Lost Souls etc. Great stuff.

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Old 12-10-2012, 15:21
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I have seen Ian Hogg on other things and he is usually one mean b*****d. I thought the camp voicing a bit strange too, made even more strange he reverted to his own voice at times
I think you mean John Hallam
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Old 12-10-2012, 15:32
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I think you mean John Hallam
Sorry, you're right, got my name's mixed, but you know who I meant!
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Old 12-10-2012, 15:43
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Sorry, you're right, got my name's mixed, but you know who I meant!
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Old 12-10-2012, 16:48
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No cant stand it but in fairness sophie was the best not mcoy, she saved the show from being fforrgetton again like karen for me ,the assistant is stronger than the dr
been happening since 63
Hartnell and the teachers and susan-susan and hartnell brill, teachers in the way-hartnells reign didnt like as it was strange
Troughton,Jamie and Zoe , excellent-troughton good and some yetis
Pertwee and sarah the best -Pertwee era good but a bit mannered but fun bessie moments
T Baker and Sarah again great-Baker era kool
P Davison and Nyssa and teegan and adric-ok though he was a bit rigid
C Baker and peri hm lets say car crassh tv -C baker akward
Mcoy and ace aactually works-S Mcoy weird
Mcgann and grace ok-Mccgann could have worked
Eccleston and rose brill-Eccleston era ace
Tennant and Donna wizard-Tennant era class
Smith and Amy and Rory ok -Smith at times ok at times hm lets say diddnt work
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Old 12-10-2012, 18:12
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When I first watched Ghost Light many years ago, it was a very complex story which made very little sense. Today when I watch it, well, it hasn’t changed much really! Well, I say that jokingly but it is a little easier to understand but if you stopped me in the street and asked me to explain it to you, I’d find it extremely difficult though in my head it makes sound sense!

I love stories in creepy/haunted houses so this was ideal for me. It was an effective contrast to the story either side of it and it worked so much better. The most important thing about the story is that just for once during this Era, the incidental music was just right and suited it perfectly. It really helps give it some atmosphere. Straight from the off we are presented with the old fear of nasty things in the house after a certain time and The Doctor arrives and you know his timing is not gonna be good!

Off course, this was the start of the Ace ‘trilogy’ for want of a better word. The first time ever that a companion had really got a personal storyline after her debut in this way. I liked the way she was deliberately dressed with an off the shoulder costume to shock the historical characters more and then her rapid change into a ‘suit’ look before changing into her end costume. And I have to say, she looked hot in that one! However, back to the story and yes, I enjoyed all the stuff with her finding out the house The Doctor had brought her to was the one she burned down a 100 years later. The use of the sirens and blue lights was quite effective. Plus the catfight with Gwendoline as an unaware Doctor walks past was excellent!

Though Ghost Light wasn’t my fave story of the Season, I do think this was my favourite performance of McCoy’s. I loved the way The Doctor just juggled everything that was going on and then teased Light mercilessly in the last episode in this calm, mocking tone. Absolutely loved the way he played those scenes.

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And Gwendoline ,I thought her character had this subtle underlying menace which was enhanced whenever she was with Josiah and her trips to 'Java', but she was also very vulnerable as well.

In fact all the other characters are good. The deranged Redvers Cooper, the ever hungry Constable and the old fashioned and outraged Ernest Matthews bring a little something to the story and in the latters case, he’s given something as well as he quite literally Goes Banana’s! Also loved Nimrod, who despite seemingly out of place in his surroundings works really well.

Mrs Pritchard is one hard-nosed lady and her maids are suitably creepy, love the way they just appear on the dot at 6.

As for Light itself, was a slightly strange character really. Not really sure if it worked or not. It felt at times that his purpose was similar to Azal in The Daemons, where he has to catalogue everything.

As for the plot, sometimes I feel there is so much going on it’s hard to keep track of it all. I’m not sure the whole plot of poisoning the Queen was really a necessary one, it seems so disconnected from the other storylines. Plus you have Ace’s storyline, The Doctor trying to keep on top of every situation and then the whole Java thing and the various characters having their own stories as well. No wonder it confused people!

So if I were to sum this one up, I’d say it needs several rewatches to get the gist of it as every time you can spot something different. It is nevertheless enjoyable and in some ways is a bit of a forerunner of New Who with so much emphasis being placed on the companion. It's also a bit of a grower as I wasn't keen on it at first but now certain aspects of it are very enjoyable.

As you've probably gathered by now Daveyboy, I'm not exactly a fan of the McCoy era. However I do actually really like this story. There's a real sense of mystery and the musics really good, the whole thing just oozes atmosphere. It really succeeds in creating the sense of this being a victorian horror story and it feels quite sinister throughtout. Light's a bit daft, and theres lots of different strands that are hard to follow. I like the Revt who criticises evolution, and Josiah whose just freaky. I also like the explorer fellow, he seems very good. However the Control woman is just irritating, she talks like Gollum and I'm not sure exactly what she's mean to be. All the stuuf with Josiah and how he creates new bodies for himslef, is also quite hard to follow. It's really effective when the revt is turned into a monkey and when those 2 women get turned to stone.

As for the main characters, I didnt find Ace as annoying this time and S Aldred gave a really good performance as the girl returning to face her childhood horror. S McCoy's also brilliant in this and steals his every scene. In fact, I'd say this is the best 7th Doctor story, probably cos it has a certain quality that I think, means it wouldnt be out of place in any other era of the shows history. Certainly, all the old victorian haunted house stuff would feel perfectly natural in the gothic era during the beginning of the T Baker years. As I said, the Doctor's really good in this, perfectly balancing McCoy's early humour (love how, when he's confronted by the revt, he just pretends to be Josiah and is all "my theories are heresies, and you dont like my tie..." It's also great when he confuses Light with stuff from Alice in wonderland) with the man of mystery we saw later on. He's a real manipulator here, he seems to come here just so Ace can face her demons, and his standing up to Light makes him seems incredibly powerful. "Even I cant play all these games at once..." While I'm still not that keen on this season, it's a shame Dr Who was cancelled as it was deffo getting better (though who knows, amybe, if Who hadnt been cancelled, there wouldnt have been a time where there was no Who on tv and it didnt seem all so mysterious (probably why I'm into it so much, 90's kid me) and we might not have had the excellent TV Movie or the even more excellent new series)). One major criticism I have is the end though, after such a slow paced and atmospheric start, it all seems a bit rushed and I'm not entirely sure what happens. Perhaps it would have been better as a 4 parter.

So yeah, a really good haunted house story which oozes atmosphere, has some really good characters and in which I really like 7 and Ace. I'd say it's the best 7th Doctor story, even if it's a bit iffy at times, doesent properly explain everything in my opinion, and once again, like so many others during this time, really fails in meeting massive potential. It's still a cracker however, just 1 question:

What the hell is going on???
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Old 13-10-2012, 01:19
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It's a seriously weird story - one of the weirdest in the show's history. It's not impossible to follow, as I felt Warriors Gate was, but you do have to really concentrate, far more than usual.

It does show the Seventh Doctor at his most twisted. Ace tells him about this house she was really scared of, so he takes her there. She's patently terrified when she realises where she is. There's quite a cruel side to him, but Sylvester and the director and writer manage to keep this subtle enough not to alienate us, as had happened with Twin Dilemma.

I liked it a lot.
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Old 14-10-2012, 17:44
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It is ironic that this, the final produced story of the classic age, shows how it has far outgrown the limitations of a multi-camera studio VT production. Structurally it cries out to be a four episode story because the narrative is far to complex for three. That having been said, this is a wonderful attempt from everybody to move the story and characters onto a new level. McCoy and Aldred are superb (you just with you could have had one more series with them), this is the strongest Dr-Companion relationship for decades. Sylvester really cares about getting his Doctor right and his final use of 'wicked' (his own insert) shows both genuine affection for Ace and that she is changing him (like all great companions).

The madness of the house and its inhabitants is played with total conviction by all concerned, and while there are clearly rushed and clumsy moments - it was ever thus.

The story itself is ambitious, and there is confusion because there are at least three occasions where you needed someone to say 'What's going on Doctor?' and as I said earlier, we need that extra episode. But there are so many good things happening on multiple levels. Gwendoline is a psychopath who has killed her father and 'seems' to be in a relationship with her 'Uncle', who appears to be sufferring from a degenerative disease which makes him hyper-sensitive to light, in other words that old Victorian favourite - syphilis. Add that to Ace's fundamental fear of something that happened when she was a child in an abandoned house, and you have a real subtext of abuse and evil. Of course, Dr Who as its best, makes such 'monsters' real and fantastical and so we have the story range across evolution, a planetary survey team gone wrong, a transformative revolution against the light bringer who wishes to maintain an absolute status quo.

And this is what makes Ghostlight classic Dr Who - not perfect but pushing all the time against the boundaries that have been imposed on it. In this episode, the show and its main character is clearly evolving, and then they made it extinct.
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Old 14-10-2012, 21:15
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To this day im not sure exactly what the story is about but at the time i thought it was a great return to the more sinister,atmospheric tales of years gone by with some great direction and lighting especialy in part one.
I just love it when you get to see through the unknown enemies eyes,something they did again with fenric.

I heard in the 80s that gallifrey was meant to play a part in the story and it would have been great to see the planet just one more time in classic who,especialy in a mccoy story.I felt that the mccoy years alienated the show a bit away from its history and the more i saw of its past made me think mccoy was the doctor,something i had a hard time believing at the time.
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Old 15-10-2012, 10:56
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As I said, the Doctor's really good in this, perfectly balancing McCoy's early humour (love how, when he's confronted by the revt, he just pretends to be Josiah and is all "my theories are heresies, and you dont like my tie..." It's also great when he confuses Light with stuff from Alice in wonderland) with the man of mystery we saw later on. He's a real manipulator here, he seems to come here just so Ace can face her demons, and his standing up to Light makes him seems incredibly powerful. "Even I cant play all these games at once..."
In contrast to the way things seem to happen in most episodes, where the Doctor gets caught up in things by accident, he practically throws himself into events, partly because he knows there are events afoot, and partly to find out what they are.

No messing around, no attempting to correct the Rev's confusion, no, he's going straight into "I'm going to pretend to be this person that I've never heard of yet, just to stir things up". And "I will play these games, I will insert myself right into the middle of this situation and mix things up."
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Didn't get it then

Still dont
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Old 16-10-2012, 23:34
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Big fan of Ghost Light. I like all aspects of this Season 26 production.
The Doctor has many great lines in this one, and no other story does McCoy get to be the Doctor with such relish and with the material to work with.
Love the “Noble Savage” line about Ace. We all acknowledge the storyline and character development she gets in the later stories, but this is the first of the three heavy Ace stories. She was just apart of events in Battlefield with so much else going on.
Ace finding out the Doctor has brought her here to the Haunted House she told him about with an evil to it. Again to face one of her fears.
The thing that makes me love this crammed full three-parter, is the fantastic array of characters. One of the best written in the history of the programme, therefore I see this as more of a character piece. But I do understand the plot, at the third time of watching though.
The Josiah Smith character is enigmatic, mysterious but superbly acted by Ian Hogg. The Redvers Fenn-Cooper character is superbly cast, Michael Cochrane always is made for this type of English Explorer role that he gets here. Then there is Mrs Pritchard, fantastically menacing, who’s first act is to manhandle Redvers out of the room. She chloroform’s people with efficiency and generally is evil. Mr Matthews is also well cast even just for the aesthetics he provides for his ultimate fate later on.
Nimrod the Neanderthal is just about my favourite, a Neanderthals inclusion in the Victorian age gives you the wonder as how is actually there. As the Doctor points out “He’s the finest example this side of the Stone Age I’ve seen”.
The idea of the survey ship being in the cellar with a brewing evil adds to the tension and mystery. As mentioned earlier after this glimpse of the spaceship, this is quickly followed by Ace discovering the reason the Doctor has came here. This example shows throughout how the pace the story has, it is at times quite frentic. Possibly hard to follow but never not interesting and packed with themes.
A mention of the set which is superb, again with a Beeb period piece you are straight away believing you are there.
In terms of the cliffhangers Episode 1 is a good one, with the Husks (complete in Victorian attire) and the creepy voice. There is less tension with the second one as it is bit predictable but still okay.
We hear Gwendoline quote “sending them to Java” to thte Doctor while opening the drawers with a body in it. Maids brandish guns, Ace and Nimrod smashing the light in the survey ship in the cellar. This is all in the opening scenes of Episode, again pace and varied content.
Josiah Smith peels and wilts into another Husk which is quite grotesque. Then we have the Insoector and Control introduced to the mix in episode 2 also.
The Inspector is a good addition as the baffled clueless Bobby. Intersting that McCoy and the actor playing the Inspector decided that the Inspector should always be eating, upstaging every scene by following what he is eating.
Ace turns up in a very nice dress, and looks gorgeous as well as her opening shoulderless top she has at the beginning.
Light finally emerges in Episode 3, in the shape of an angel as it’s Earth form as it is suggested. A creepy almost camp performance is done, which I feel is suitably alien. \we learn the meat of the plot - that Light has catalogued life on Earth but it is evolving, Hence Light wants it to stay the same to preserve the collection. I also like the scene when the Doctor offers Ace the key to the TARDIS knowing fine well she will not accept. This is followed immediately by Ace feeling the House is coming alive and attacking her.
A much talked about scene is the Gwendoline and Ace grapping scene, coupled with Control throwing herself out of a window, adds to the continuing chaos and pace of the story.
The whole thing is wrapped up by the Doctor in a satisfactory manner and conclusion, so overall a top McCoy story from the excellent Season 26.
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