Doctor Who #526: The Horns of Nimon Part 3

"I fawn to him a little. That satisfies his bestial ego and he gives us what I ask. I play the Nimon on a long string."
TECHNICAL SPECS: First aired Jan.5 1980.

IN THIS ONE... The Nimon start their backdoor invasion of Skonnos.

REVIEW: The Nimon has set itself up as a god to turn tributes into the energy needed to puncture a hole in spacetime (the ill-named black hole) and allow its people to T Mat to Skonnos before their own planet dies. And there's every possibility that they've tricked other worlds as well, and might grab themselves an empire overnight. The Nimon's complex/temple is actually a massive circuit, and the walls of its labyrinth change as the giant computer processes the wormhole into being. What's even more interesting is that Soldeed doesn't really believe in his "god" and thinks he's only patronizing it, playing on its ego, so he can get the empire HE wants. He's being played of course. So it's incredibly frustrating to have these epic and/or well-observed ideas in a serial that only cares about camping it up.

On paper, Soldeed has that one moment of clarity. On screen, he's just over the top and silly, walking the corridors beckoning the Nimon in a yoo-hooooooo tone and spouting matinée villain insults. And he's incredibly stupid. After trying to open the TARDIS in vain, he doesn't notice the door closing behind K9 when the tin dog is summoned. And in the cliffhanger, what's the worth of shouting at the Doctor not to touch the Nimon's machines and then destroying them yourself? Sadly, he's not alone. The Anethans don't know when it's a good idea to run, and Teka sure overestimates Seth's ability to defeat the monster. There's that room full of Skonnan generals limply cheering Soldeed. A worst bunch of extras, you're unlikely to meet. And there's the Nimon who is just BLIND and DEAF if he can't see or hear the Doctor and Romana skulking around behind him.

Worse, it's rubbed off on the Doctor. There's that silly sequence where the Doctor plays matador with a red cape, which would work better if they hadn't dressed Romana in a red riding outfit. Does the color incense and confuse the Nimon or not? And stupidly, he sends Romana to inspect the T Mat "egg" capsule and then accidentally sends her to the Nimon planet. That's just ramping up the danger by sacrificing the characters' integrity. Yes, the Doctor is easily distracted and often makes mistakes, but that's really taking the cake. Under these conditions, I can't even enjoy the idea that the Time Lords are inspecting the capsule with nothing more than a small spoon. I'm all for Time Lord super-tasting power, but it really just feels like another gag in a story that has too many of them.

REWATCHABILITY: Medium-Low - What a way to enter a new decade, with panto smothering every good idea the script evidently had.

0 comments:

 

Blog Archive

Category

5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zine