Deborah J wrote: ↑Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:51 amWell I can be controversail to you by saying that it's one of my all time least favourite stories. It's the only one I'm not able to watch in one sitting, because the "vaseline-on-the-lens" effect they used to make the planet look more alien makes me feel physically nauseous. I can't get through more than two or three parts before I have to bail and come back to it another day. Like I've watched the war games all in one sitting before, Web Planet is just impossible. I also feel really bad for Bill Hartnell in that scene in part one where he forgets his lines and theres about a minute where they just keep rolling and Ian is trying to prompt him back to the place and he absolutely doesn't have a clue, and eventually they just pick up from nowhere and act like nothing happened, my heart really breaks for the guy there, it's hard to watch. also the second half gets really slow, which doesn't help if you already feel a little queasy, it's like it's never going to end.Danoftardis wrote: ↑Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:41 amThis isn't exactly 'controversial' but 'The Web Planet' is one of my favourite Hartnell serials. I know it's got a bit of a bad reputation but I enjoy it, there's quite a good idea behind it, and it's certainly ambitious for 1965. Plus who doesn't want to see people dressed as giant ants and moths?
Y'know what, I can understand where you're coming from, the vaseline can be rather off putting and Hartnell is so nice you can't help but feel sorry for him when he has one of his moments. And I confess even I find that the second half does start to drag somewhat, but I still enjoy it. I'm probably just odd.
Also I don't think I've ever watched a classic serial in one sitting before. Maybe when I was younger and they used to put Doctor Who Omnibus on UKTV Gold. I only ever watch two or three parts at a time. It's not that I can't handle it or anything, quite the opposite, but I like to give myself something to look forward to the next day.