Doctor Who - Fear Her
Phil Collinson, Russell T. Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Euros Lyn
starring David Tennant, Billie Piper, Nina Sosanya, Abisola Agbaje, Edna Dore, Tim Faraday, Abdul Salis, Richard Nichols, Erica Eiran, Stephen Marzella, Huw Edwards
written by Matthew Graham, music by Murray Gold
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (David Tennant), Doctor Who (new series), Rose Tyler
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London 2012, the year of the Olympics.
In a certain street, kids start disappearing, and when the Doctor
(David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) investigate, they soon stumble
upon a little girl, Chloe (Abisola Agbaje) who has the uncanny
ability to draw people and that way capture them in her drawing - but by
that making them disappear from the earth. Soon, the Doctor discovers that
the girl is possessed by an alien kid that feels alone and has adapted
alien technology to capture herself friends by drawing people, but not
because the alien is evil but because it feels alone and wants to be
loved. The Doctor is looking for a solution for the problem, but before he
can, Chloe draws him as well ... and now it's up to Rose to find the alien
mothership - which is actually only a very tiny pod - and throw it into
the torch of the Olympic torchbearer, which will heal everything because
the Olympic Flames are the fire of love.
Of course she succeeds, and in the end the Doctor himself lights the
Olympic Flame ...
A subplot concerns the violent dad of Chloe who has long died, but
Chloe has made him come to life in a drawing ... and he can only be killed
by singing (?!?) ...
Having a kid making people disappear just simply by drawing them sounds
like a reasonably funny idea, but dunking the whole story in a busload of
clichés about abusive fathers and selling it off as social commentary is
just plain crap, and the cheesy ending actually left a bitter taste in my
mouth. Better not watch it.