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6.15 - Noon Doomsday

 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 8:42 am    Post subject: 6.15 - Noon Doomsday Reply with quote

Discuss, review and rate Noon Doomsday.

Written by Terry Nation
Directed by Peter Sykes
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love it: atmospheric, playing with another genre, great station location, good hide and seek chase/fighting sequences with Tara in the outbuildings.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the first episode I bought of The Avengers on video (paired with Fog - Lumiere Volume 11).

Although credited to Terry Nation, apparently Brian Clemens gave it a heavy rewrite when Nation didn't deliver what they'd agreed on (and consequently Nation aimed to always stick to the brief in future).

Peter Sykes is a wonderful director, shame he only did two episodes of the show (Love All as the other one). There's so much movement and depth to his shots that it never becomes boring. There's a real sweeping landscape to the pre-title teaser, emulating the feel of westerns.

It's such a good episode for Linda/Tara. With Steed incapacitated (but getting the final killing blow) she really carries the action and drama (even coshing Steed with a champagne bottle - "I'm sorry but it was a good vintage). I love the scene where they ponder the collective noun for agents.

Steed: A contentment..?
Tara: Agents aren't particularly contented.
Steed: Erm.. this one is. [he drinks more champagne]

I love the way that Gerald Kafka is presented like a returning baddie. He's given a real sense of threat which makes you appreciate what Tara is up against.

Howard Blake's score is superb (and going by the CD release, a lot of it wasn't even used) and mixes fairly imperceptibly with the stock Laurie Johnson pieces.

Mother's scenes, going through Steed's drinks cabinet, is a good laugh. And he nearly even goads a verbal reaction from Rhonda.

It really is like a mini-film this episode. 10/10
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not bad at all - good pacing, enjoyable performances, and I really like Steed's Nehru jacket. The ending is a wee bit pat, though: wish that they'd gone with Tara actually managing to save Steed through and through, rather than him leaping out of his chair to rescue her in just the nick of time. But we can't have that, now can we? Otherwise, a pretty good episode.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

8 from me. Like the locations.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one I remember clearly from my childhood.

Loved it then, full of danger and ingenious situations.

Loved it slightly less this time around, but nice location, Tara gets lots to do, great cast including a cameo by The Late Great Anthony Ainley and I really liked Mother's appropriation of Steed's drinks collection.

8 out of 10
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mainly filmed on Brian Clemens farm at Ampthill in Bedfordshire.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice bit of info!

I suppose it was:

A) A cheaper location.

B) A way to make even more money from an episode.

Still, it was a great location. I wonder if it is still standing.

(I used to use the same dentist as Brian Clemens in Wimpole Street, when I could afford such luxury! Strictly NHS these days)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brigadier Q wrote:
Nice bit of info!

I suppose it was:

A) A cheaper location.

B) A way to make even more money from an episode.

Still, it was a great location. I wonder if it is still standing.

(I used to use the same dentist as Brian Clemens in Wimpole Street, when I could afford such luxury! Strictly NHS these days)


Yes, the Clemens farm is still standing and still owned by his family.
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