Doctor Who - The Unquiet Dead
Phil Collinson, Russell T.Davies (executive), Mal Young (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by Euros Lyn
starring Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Eve Myles, Simon Callow, Alan David, Wayne Carter, Huw Rhys, Jennifer Hill, Zoe Thorne, Meic Povey
written by Mark Gatiss, music by Murray Gold
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In his timemachine the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space),
Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston) takes his new companion Rose (Billie
Piper) back to Cardiff, 1869 (actually he planned to go to Naples 1860,
but you know how inaccurate these timemachines are ...), where the 2 of
them, along with the disillusioned writer Charles Dickens (Simon Callow),
get involved with Mr Sneed's (Alan David), whose dead tend to rise, &
every now & again emmit blue spectres ... which is a little
unquieting. & while Charles Dickens soon dismisses it all as a hoax,
the Doctor finds out that the süpectres are actually the dieing race of
the Gelth, who need now bodies to escape extinction ... & they thougth
the best solution would be to use the earth's corpses. But they also need
a medium that channels them into the dead bodies ... & they believe to
have found it in Sneed's servant girl Gwyneth (Eve Myles) ... &
Gwyneth happily agrees to help the Gelth ... only Rose seems to notice
this is not the best of ideas & there's something terribly wrong about
raising the dead, but the Doctor dismisses her objections as misplaced
Of course though Rose was right, as the Gelth need
more & more corpses to bring all their population back to corporeal
life ... & what better method to get corpses would there be to get
corpses than to kill the living. Only Charles Dickens, who has found new
vigours in this little adventure, rigures out that the Gelth could be
drawn out of the corpses by simple gas, & once they are all collected
in the mortuary's cellar, the Doctor blows it up. Unfortunately though
Gwyneth had to give her life to save the earth, something nobody will ever
hear about ... except if Charles Dickens makes good his promise to write
about the goings-on.
Now honestly, do you know a Charles Dickens story
about spectre-like aliens ?
Of course not, because Charles
Dickens died in 1870, actually days after all this had happened. He simply
didn't have the time to write it down.
A story that somehow
combines famed writer Charles Dickens & zombies just can't be all bad
... & this one isn't, cleverly incorporating the writer into the
horror-proceedings in a tongue-in-cheek way. Of course this doesn#t always
necessarily work to the best of effects, some times the more serious
aspects to the story do clash with the humour, & the spectre-like
Gelth are not terribly convincing even in a sci-fi-context (though the
effects are quite ok), but overall it's fine, hokey entertainment.