THIS STORY TAKES
PLACE BETWEEN THE
TV STORIES "REVENGE
OF THE SLITHEEN" AND
"WARRIORS OF KUDLAK."
'THE COMPLETE FIRST
SERIES' DVD BOX SET
IN NOVEMBER 2008.
Sarah Jane and
haunting of Lavender
Lawns. A nun is
stalking the tenants,
but is it really some-
or is there something
else going on?
1ST OCTOBER 2007 - 8TH OCTOBER 2007
Eye of the Gorgon builds upon the strengths of Revenge of the Slitheen, whilst taking the series off in a different direction altogether. Whereas Gareth Robertsí preceding two-parter was a riotous monster mash, Phil Fordís script for this story is more controlled, and altogether creepier for it.
The Gorgons are a superb menace; a race that would find themselves very much at home
in a Doctor Who story. Taking actual mythology and putting a science-fiction spin on it has always served Doctor Who well, and it looks like the same is true of its sister series. The legend of Medusa, who turns people to stone with her gaze, was something that disturbed me as a child, and thanks to this story that fear can be enjoyed by a whole new generation. And what better way to make the audience fear the Gorgon then to have it turn Mariaís long suffering father to stone? Brilliant.
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The Eye of the Gorgon is another highly enjoyable Sarah Jane Adventure. Writer Phil Ford uses the setting of a retirement home to great effect, and also introduces us to the wonderful character of Bea, beautifully played by Phillida Law. Widow of an explorer who seems to have had a number of run-ins with iconic Whoniverse aliens, she is now senile
and struggles to get anyone to believe anything she says. She is also in possession of a talisman that acts as the MacGuffin for this tale.
The heart-wrenching moments when we see Maria struggling to talk to Bea in times of crisis, watching her friend slip away, are the very heart of this episode. The rest, with the evil nuns who worship the Gorgon attempting to form a bridge to the Gorgonís homeworld, are creepy but are essentially window dressing to this central story. The Gorgon herself, parasitically infecting the body of the Abbess of the order, is also the first, and only, disappointing monster of the series.
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