Viewing posts tagged airlock
7 years ago
'Airlock' is quite a find, as it turns out. There are some very interesting, unexpected things in it. Not least, an honest-to-goodness flashback sequence (in dumbshow apart from a voiceover), filmed in first-person POV! This is the sort of stylistic flourish that old-fashioned Who
usually didn't bother with. It ain't Kubrick, but it's unusually ambitious by the standards of the time. Also, Stephanie Bidmead - a Shakespearean actress - plays Maaga in a far more physically expressive way than the audios might lead one to believe. She delivers great swathes of her dialogue - which is ostensibly directed to her fellow Drahvins - direct to the audience, staring into the camera. Nothing like that was seen (apart from Tom's occasional bouts) until Morgus... and even that was an accident.
Of course, charming and fascinating as it is, the story remains hopeless. The Drahvins are a near-perfect illustration of mainstream 60s attitudes towards 'the woman question'. Contemptuous, we-know-better-dear, patronising smugness at the sheer unworkable, extremist silliness of 'women's lib'.
The race of evil alien feminists are marked out from other baddies of the era by their towering stupidity and shambolic incompetence ...