<![CDATA[If there’s one thing at which the Doctor excels, it’s taking the ordinary and domestic and turning it on its ear. Whether it’s household appliances going murderously haywire or something as simple as water in the upcoming The Waters of Mars special, the show has a knack for making simple concepts compelling and terrifying.
When the shows strays from this path, however, disaster is often the result. Modern visual effects have covered some mistakes with gloss and polish, but even powerful supercomputers and amazing physical effects can’t get in the way of a really dumb idea. Some monsters and threats are not just baddies, they’re BAD.