The Worst of Doctor Who – “Love and Monsters”


Cast of Characters:


Elton (Marc Warren) – A lonely, insular young man with a fetish for dancing to ELO and video blogging. The main character in an episode of a series called Doctor Who.


Ursula (Shirley Henderson) – Elton’s friend/girlfriend. She wears glasses to make her look geeky, but is clearly a hottie. The supporting character in an episode of a series called Doctor Who.


LINDA – A support group of people who are looking for a man known as the Doctor, the star and main character of a series called Doctor Who, but whom we might as well dub Sir Not Appearing in this Story.


Victor Kennedy (Peter Kay) – A KOMEDY! goldmine! He’s fat, he’s obnoxious, he’s offensive and later turns into a hideous green monster which slightly improves his looks.


Jackie Tyler (Camile Coduri) – The mother of the primary supporting character on the series. Has more of a role in this story than either the main or supporting stars of the show.

The Doctor

The Doctor (David Tennant) – The tenth incarnation of an alien traveler through time and space. The main character of the show. Clearly added as an afterthought.


Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) – The Doctor’s human companion. Default state is vaguely weepy. She’s the supporting character in the series. Also added as an afterthought.

And so the Worst of Doctor Who gets ready to drop its first stink-bomb on the new series!

The original series of Doctor Who went off the air in 1989 after 26 years and 159 stories. The last episode, “Survival“, aired in December of that year, and lead to a drought of the show on TV that ended briefly with the backdoor pilot movie imaginatively called Doctor Who. It’s failings are many and have already been chronicled by me, but they did at least keep the show going and introduced the 8th Doctor. But it was still a long wait before the show would return to TV on a regular basis.

Finally in 2005, after years of speculation, starts and stops and general confusion, noted television producer Russell T Davies (known for creating Queer as Folk, and also someone who wrote a Doctor Who novel), finally got a new series into production! With future Destro actor Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, the show took off into high ratings and generally pleased most fans, old and new. Sure, it had it’s failings (farting aliens, anyone?), but it had its good moments and many were disappointed when Eccleston stepped down after only one season to be replaced by David Tennant who, fortunately, ended up being one of the best Doctors the show has ever had.

I like the new series (sometimes referred to as “New Who“, cause that, you know, rhymes. Kind of like New Zoo Revue only with no talking frogs. Well, usually none). It’s kind of goofy and stupid at times, but it has its charms. I don’t know that I would watch it had I not been such a fan of the original series, but perhaps. Some of the stories have, after all, been among the best in science-fiction, with stories such as “Blink” and “Human Nature” leading the way.

Sadly, the series has been saddled with one major problem since its relaunch, and that problem is a chap named Russell T Davies.

See, he’s not a bad producer or even a bad writer, but like many fans, I kind of twitch when I see the episode I’m about to watch is one written by him. Why? Because his episodes tend to be the most self-indulgent, cringe-inducing, vaguely nauseating episodes. All the really good stories are ones he didn’t write, while the worst of the series are ones he did. Those worst episodes include today’s crime, Love and Monsters.

“Love and Monsters” occupies an odd place. It’s an episode of Doctor Who that doesn’t really feature the Doctor or Rose very much at all. They’ve started doing stories like that once per season and it worked well with “Blink” and “Turn Left“. It does not work well with this episode. It’s too bad, too, cause it had the potential to be the best show of the series, and some scenes work incredibly, wonderfully well, but it’s still a dreadful, awful episode, and as we delve into why, keep in the back of your mind: it was written by Davies.


The story begins with a not-unattractive fellow, later revealed to be named Elton, running through some sort of factory-type of place. We are unsure what he’s doing, but we see the TARDIS. He runs over to it, and then hears the voices of the Doctor and Rose. He runs towards the voices and comes to a mysterious door with light leaking out of the bottom of it. It opens, revealing a character illuminated heavily by the Backlight of Rassilon. We cut to the opening credits.

The dreaded Backlight of Rassilon makes its first appearance!

The dreaded Backlight of Rassilon makes its first appearance!

The character turns out to be a rather impressive looking monster, and I’ll say this for both the old and new series: at least they had unique and interesting alien designs, often involving full masks and costumes. When this worked, we got cool looking monsters like the Ood, the Sontarans, the the Daleks, the Cybermen, and Sil. It didn’t always work (the Zarbi are a great example), but it was reasonably creative and daring and far more interesting in many ways than what the higher-budgeted Star Trek series managed to accomplish, since most of their aliens were clearly humans with bumpy bits added.

Anyhow, the Doctor turns up as the monster is about to, possibly, munch on Elton. He distracts the monster with some steak while Rose comes up and throws what appears to be water from a blue bucket at it. The Doctor tells her, no, it was meant to be the red bucket and then we get our first sign that, just possibly, this won’t be a great episode, as the monster, the Doctor and Rose (astonishingly not weeping at the moment), run back and forth through a series of doors in the kind of corridor gag that was old and stupid when Scooby Doo did it. Now possibly it didn’t really happen like that, and Elton is a unreliable narrator. If this were a better episode, I’d presume that was the case. Instead I just chalk it up to Davies’ crap writing.

The chase sequence ends abruptly, thank the FSM, and Elton goes back outside. We then go to him in his bedroom as he talks into a video camera about all the experiences of his life and how it’s intersected the Doctor in various ways. This starts with him seeing the Doctor when he was a little boy and then goes up to reference various new series episodes, like “Rose”, “The Christmas Invasion” and “The Aliens of London” (yeah, thanks, Davies, I really wanted to be reminded of the Slitheen). There were apparently plans to reference various original series episodes, and I’m rather disappointed that didn’t happen, but, oh, well.

Anyhow, Elton talks about his love for ELO (and subjects us to a dance, continuing Davies’ and company’s drive to shoehorn incorporate as many elements of the real world as they possibly can into their stories), talks about the Internet crashing during the Sycorax invasion (which somehow causes his computer to explode), and then starts talking about Ursula and the group they are a part of, a group that meets in the basement of an old library and hangs out talking about their interest in the Doctor.

Apprently denial of service attacks are <em>really nasty</em> in England!

Apprently denial of service attacks are really nasty in England!

As everyone gets to know each other, they begin to bring in food, start playing music together (looking very much like Elton and the Pussycats), and generally bond. I must say, the character building scenes between Elton and his friends actually work really, really well and work to the point where one can start feeling some response when Bad Things start to happen to them. It’s a great example of what this story could’ve been, if only they’d tried (or shot Davies on sight).

Eventually the group decides they need a name, so they call themselves the “London Investigation ‘n’ Detective Agency”, or NAMBLA. All is going well for these folks, and going reasonably well for the story, until Victor Kennedy (illuminated by the Backlight of Rassilon), shows up and, in true Davies-style, begins to display all the fine attributes that will bring this episode crashing down to Earth.

The return of the dreaded Backlight of Rassilon!

The return of the dreaded Backlight of Rassilon!

Victor Kennedy is an odd looking fat man with a blonde goatee. He tells the group he’s there to help them and please don’t touch him, as he has a rare skin disease. The group accepts him as their new leader and are soon doing everything he tells them to, including homework and the like. They do this all without question, and I’m guessing they feel guilt over having gotten sidetracked from the original project, but the story isn’t really clear on this.

One day not long after his arrival, the group has a meeting, and when they leave, he asks Bliss, one of the groupies, to stay behind. She does, and we see everyone else leave. We get an exterior shot of them departing when a blood-curdling scream rings out. Clearly there’s no way that the group could’ve failed to notice this loud cry of misery. Just as clearly, there’s no way she could’ve screamed loud enough for us to hear her outside the building. Obviously, it was a scream added in post to make it clear that Something Bad was happening, but frankly I feel that silence would’ve been more effective.

The gang come back for their next meeting and are told that Bliss has run off to get married. They blindly accept this and prepare for new assignments. It’s during this time that Elton has his run-in with the Doctor and Rose at the factory. Back at base, Victor berates him for having frozen-up, and Elton tells him, “Fuck off and die, you fat bastard.” Actually, he doesn’t, but he should. Instead he just meekly accepts the criticism and moves onto his next goal; finding Rose’s mom, Jackie.

Victor explains that due to the “Bad Wolf” virus (cute), the files on Rose that are held by Torchwood (cute), are very incomplete, and for some reason in this scene, Elton is so badly lit that he looks like he’s got hepatitis. Seriously, he’s got this yellow tinge to him. Very weird.

Elton gets into it with Victor and Ursula responds, threatening Victor, who backs down after making some comments about how she’s been considered the one most likely to fight back. Hmmm. If that’s the case, one wonders why he didn’t off Ursula first, but never mind. He does, however, take the time to off Bridget right after we see that her and Mr Skinner are falling in love. Great. Nothing like a little pointless pathos.

So Elton heads off on his impossible quest to find Jackie Tyler. This impossible quest takes all of about a minute. He-he. Then as he’s doing laundry next to her (don’t ask), he’s pondering the four steps he needs to undertake to make contact with her. “Hilariously” as he thinks them, she does them for him. KOMEDY! Anyhow, her washing machine at home is broken, so she eventually entices Elton to come back to her place and fix it. We see it sitting in the kitchen.

I don’t understand this about the English. I’ve watched quite a bit of How Clean is Your House? and invariably the washer and dryer are located in the kitchen. What’s up with that? Surely that can’t be the most sanitary arrangement. It may just be due to the convenience of the water pipes, but a: a newly-built place (like in the last 50 years), would likely take washers into account, and b: there’s plumbing in the bathroom, and if I had to choose between washing my clothes in the kitchen or the bathroom, it’d be the bathroom every time.

So Elton then finds himself spending a lot of time around Jackie with her being painfully obvious about how attracted she is to him, and how much she wants him to tend to her plumbing, if you know what I mean (believe me, I wish I didn’t know what I meant there). She also turns up in a close-up shot of her bum in a miniskirt, giving me a new reason to dislike Russell T Davies.

I should look this good at 39! Or now...

I should look this good at 39! Or now...

The good thing about these scenes is that it does nicely illustrate how alone Jackie is and how much she misses Rose, and so I can’t totally hate the scenes. I just wish they’d been handled better, with a little more emotion and a lot less attempts at KOMEDY!.

Moving on, we see Jackie make a very clumsy, obvious attempt at getting Elton into the sack, which does at least result in him removing his shirt, so my hatred for Davies’ work decreases slightly. He approaches Jackie shirtless, making it clear that he’s go for the Moon, as it were, only to find her sitting talking on the phone to Rose. Jackie finishes the call, gets as vaguely weepy as Rose usually is, and suggests Elton go home. He instead offers to go buy pizza and spend the evening hanging out with her as friends.

This plan is thrown slightly when, as he’s coming back with the pizza, she approaches him with a photo of Rose he’d been carrying in his pocket for the last couple weeks. He explains that, no, he’s not some creepy stalker after Rose, he’s actually after the Doctor. Oddly, this fails to move Jackie, she tells him where to go, and we have the last, the very last, of the really good scenes in the entire story. I mean it. It’s downhill from here, folks.

Elton goes back to the group disconsolate. He makes a little speech to Victor about how he’s had enough, and it’s not fun anymore. He says he’s leaving, as are Ursula (who he invites to dinner), and Mr Skinner (who he does not). They get ready to storm out and Victor asks Mr Skinner to hang back a bit. Astonishingly, he does, and is of course killed right after Ursula and Elton leave. Proof if any was needed that natural selection is alive and well in the human species.

Ursula realizes she’s forgotten her cell phone. Her and Elton return to find Victor sitting behind a newspaper which he is holding with light green fingers. They don’t believe him when he says Mr Skinner has gone the toilet (especially when they hear his voice), so Ursula pulls down the newspaper and sees that Victor is actually a rather unpleasant green alien who looks not unlike a Vogon. Actually, he really resembles one quite a bit. He also faces sticking out of him, including the faces of Mr Skinner, Bridget and Bliss (who is apparently on his ass. KOMEDY!).

This is a guy who gets a lot of face time. Get it? Face time? Ha-ha-ha-ha! I write better than Davies!

This is a guy who gets a lot of face time. Get it? Face time? Ha-ha-ha-ha! I write better than Davies!

I must say in many ways the design of the creature, which Elton dubs an Abzorbaloff, is actually rather creepy and interesting. It’s apparently based off this picture:


The picture is a contest entry from a nine-year-old boy who won a “Design a Doctor Who Alien” contest. The kid was apparently somewhat disappointed because he’d pictured the creature as being the size of a bus. That’s alright, kid. The rest of us were disappointed cause he was used in such a sucky episode.

Anyhow, the Abzorbaloff apparently absorbs people into itself for… uhm. I don’t know why, actually. It’s never said straight out. Sucking up their knowledge, possibly, since that’s what he appears to want to do to the Doctor. No explanation is offered for why he did it to these people.

Ursula threatens to hit him with his cane if he doesn’t release everyone. He says he can’t and grabs her arm. The act of him touching her is enough that she starts to get absorbed into the monster as well, saying goodbye to Elton and mentioning that she wishes she could touch him one last time before she dies. She also helpfully informs him that he’s next on the chopping block, something someone with the IQ of a turnip could figure out. Then she’s sucked inside, clothing and all, and appears on Victor’s chest as a face… that can talk. And see. And has glasses. And makeup. None of which makes any sense, but ok.

Victor chases after Elton and eventually corners him. Elton is cowering and basically gives up, but then the TARDIS appears, generating some strange wind that it generates when the script calls for it to do so. Rose and the Doctor get out and Rose starts to take Elton to task for upsetting Jackie. Elton and Victor exchange the sort of looks that anyone, including viewers, might exchange under the circumstances.

Rose then makes some remark about how Victor looks rather like a Slitheen. Victor apparently comes from a planet called Clom, which is a sister planet to the Slitheen planet, Raxacoricofallipatoris. Which explains the resemblance, or rather it doesn’t, in fact, since the two species look nothing like each other! See, here’s pictures!

The Abzorboloff

The Abzorboloff

A Slitheen

A Slitheen

Nada! Nothing alike, aside from a vaguely greenish skin color. Argh, this show is pissing me off! It can’t even stay consistent within it’s own universe! It’s enough to make me wager that, should we see the Slitheen again, they might be retconned to look like this happy fellow.

Anyhow, Victor is about to absorb Elton when Ursula and the gang realize they have limited control over his body. They pull hard inside him and keep him from killing Elton as Elton grabs Victor’s magic cane and breaks it in half. This apparently reverses the polarity of his neutron flow, or some such, and causes him to collapse into a wet blob that gets absorbed into the dirt, leaving Elton sad that his friends are all dead and leaving Rose looking, yes, weepy, as she tries to comfort him.

After this we have more of Elton sitting in front of his computer talking about how the first time he’d met the Doctor, it turned out he’d been chasing a shadow elemental that had gone into Elton’s house. The Doctor stopped it, but not before it killed Elton’s mother, and then follows a rather touching series of shots with his mum that actually make me feel a little sad, especially when we have the final shot of them in the park together, her waving goodbye and walking off. It’s a very wonderful, and effective scene, as is Elton’s comments after on the nature of life and how darker, madder and better it is than anyone ever tells you.

And this is where it should’ve ended. If the episode had ended there, I would’ve forgiven a lot of what had gone before. I would’ve chalked it up as an imperfect, but actually pretty good, episode with a nice emotional core to it and a sweet, touching ending. But no. Like so many other works of fiction such as A.I. – Artificial Intelligence, Nowhere, and many others. But that’s not what happens. It doesn’t end. It keeps on going.

*sigh* Prepare yourselves, dear readers, for I can barely force myself to type out what happens next.

Trust me, you <em>do not</em> want him to turn that thing around!

Trust me, you do not want him to turn that thing around!

See, we hear the voice of Ursula from off-camera, talking to Elton. It turns out the Doctor wasn’t able to save her, but was able to, somehow, reconstitute her DNA with his sonic screwdriver (a bit of whatever tech if I’ve ever seen it). Her DNA is mixed in with a paving stone (which I am 100% sure is impossible), and this turns her into a talking paving stone, complete with a face, makeup and, yes, still glasses. No visible ears, but she somehow hears everything anyhow. Then it gets even uglier as Elton makes an allusion to the two of them having “a bit of a love-life”.



Oh, almighty Zarquon, did we really need this? Did we really need an oral sex joke on Doctor Who? Yes, ten out of ten for being modern and edgy, but minus several million for appropriateness.

Further, what the hell is up with this paving stone business? How does she breathe? How does she eat and (ulp), excrete? And why would anyone want to exist as a bit of talking paving stone? I’d ask Elton to get a sledgehammer and be done with it.

This ending really, truly kills the story. We didn’t need to see Ursula revived as a paving stone, that’s just stupid. Upon seeing that, we really did not need an oral sex joke. This just pisses me off! It takes what was, at one point, a decent, if not great, story that had a wonderful potential ending and totally ass-rapes it leaving it as a stinking pile of yuck.

New Who has done some wonderful episodes. The aforementioned “Blink” is one of the best bits of science fiction out there. Hell, even this series of the show had a few total winners, like “School Reunion” (cause who doesn’t like seeing Sarah Jane and K-9?), and the really great “The Girl in the Fireplace”, but then it also had this stinking pile sitting in the middle the schedule like a lead weight on a sheet, dragging down everything around it. Argh, I could’ve written a better episode than this in my sleep!

The good news it that Russell T Davies is leaving the show. Hopefully once he’s gone we’ll move past a lot of the stupid, juvenile humor that’s permeated the show since its return. One can hope anyhow.

Next time, on “The Worst of Doctor Who“, the Doctor meets… the Doctor! Yes, friends, it’s “The Two Doctors“! Brace for unpleasantness and food!


44 Responses to “The Worst of Doctor Who – “Love and Monsters””

  1. Joe Bua Says:

    This happens to be one of my favorite episodes from series two.

    It’s kind and sweet and is analogous to the bonds that are created between fans of the show.

    Sure, it’s no Blink or Turn Left, but it’s still my favorite Doctor-Lite, and Marc Warren is great in it.

    • whorecake Says:


      • slutmuffin Says:

        Though I do believe that Love and Monsters was a horrible episode, your name being whorecake, and your argument being “YOUR OPINION IS POISON” does seem to lend more credibility to the opposing side. So the juvenile humor you’ve read about in this article (I do assume you can read, and have read the above) is the exact kind that you are displaying. Try not to disgrace us farther, and shut up.

    • scribejot Says:

      It’s one of mine, too. Quite campy, and light hearted. Love it!

  2. Chris Says:

    Marc Warren is quite good, and the episode does have a lot of positives. They are, however, brought crashing down to Earth by those final scenes.

    • Hannah Says:

      Agreed. I actually probably would have loved this episode if not for the Absorbaloff.
      If they’d made another monster, it would have been great.

  3. Bill Says:

    Totally agree with you. This is the lowest point of the new series. It seems to walk a fine line of being serious sci-fi to a juvenile kid’s show.

    Scratch that. There are many good examples of pre-teen programming… Avatar – the last air bender was a pretty solid animated story on Nickleodeon. Putting Love and Monsters into the same category insults the genre.

    Let’s just keep it at “steaming pile of crap”.

  4. Ryan Says:

    It’s odd…this is my least-favorite episode, but it seems like the part I hate most is the one others seem to like. Instead of an affectionate nod to fandom, I thought LINDA was more like a middle finger to fandom. Every member of the group was so cringe-inducingly pathetic and annoying as to make the episode nearly unwatchable, and it’s made worse by the notion that this is how Davies and the producers see fans, as worthless losers. Honestly, even though it’s obvious that he’s a villain from his entrance on, until he’s fully revealed as the Fat Bastard/Slitheen hybrid Abzorbaloff, Victor Kennedy is the only mildly likable character in the entire episode. (Granted, when your competition consists of LINDA, the Tylers, and a version of the Doctor who finds it a good idea to force a woman to “live” as a paving stone, that’s not saying much.) At least he gets LINDA to focus on their alleged goal.

  5. George Says:

    My biggest problem with this episode was that it was a cringe-worthy attempt to write comedy, with a really lame twist at the end to try and add some emotional impact into it, what with the dead mother twist. Russell T Davies cannot write comedy, and the only mild laughs from it was Peter Kay being, well, Peter Kay.

  6. colin munro Says:

    Totally agree, one big steaming pile of Turds! Marc Warren is a personable actor, but this episode was so juvenile it was pathetic.
    Mr. Davies, in an effort to convince the public that Dr Who should be taken seriously as an adult drama grasps at every opportunity to ‘shock’. Usually with homosexual themes, e.g. the Camp Capt. Jack. So he was obviously unable to pass up the chance to make the oral sex reference, as if to say ‘This episode ISN’T juvenile {which it is} cos it’s got a nasty oral sex reference in it,see?’ Sadly this just made a juvenile episode into a really crap juvenile episode, there was absolutely nothing clever in the reference to Elton and Ursulas’ love life.

    • Chris Says:

      You know what’s surprised me the most is how divisive this episode really is. I’ve encountered any number of people who think it’s just great TV. Kinda disturbing, that.

  7. colin munro Says:

    What annoyed me most about this episode is that RT davies, cannot be unaware that thousands of children watch the show, including my 10 and 14 yr old sons, it was uncomfortable to say the least to explain the ‘love life’ reference to my kids. Simply cause there was nothing clever/funny or relevant about that scene.
    Nuff Said

    • Chris Says:

      Yeah, well, I’ll still always be grateful to RTD for bringing the series back… and that’s about the best I can say about him. 🙂

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    I totally agree with you on this episode! The characters were being really adorable, and then the Absorboloff (whose name totally sounds like something a 9-year-old would make up, so maybe it’s a relief one actually did?) shows up, and it all goes right downhill. Seriously, did none of them have ANY gumption? Most fangroups I know don’t let random dudes walk in and take over. Also, I think the fact that Ursula’s actress also played Moaning Myrtle undermines my concern over her fate as I’m too busy trying to work out a Goblet of Fire joke to care.

    What makes this episode even more depressing for me is that Davies also wrote “Midnight” which is my favorite episode ever.

  9. Sly Reference Says:

    I think the problem was that Davies had seen those Day in the Life episodes in other series that were always hokey and a little absurd. There was an episode in the X-Files where I think the Lone Gunman played a large part, and it ended with Men in Black showing up that looked like Alex Trebek and Jesse Ventura. Stupidly silly, but everyone loved it. Since then, series writers seem to think that this was one of the best ways of writing a main-character-light episode. Doesn’t justify the crappy episode, though.

  10. Mark Says:

    Couldn’t agree more, after just seeing less than 10 minutes, I turned off the TV, I thought…. “WHAT A LOAD RUBBISH!”, I thought some of colin baker’s episodes were bad, this was just plain crap, I just hated it.

    As the comic book guy from the simpson said “Worse episode ever!”.

  11. conan Says:

    awful….just awful.

  12. Joseph Says:

    I don’t think Ursula was meant to be saved as a paving stone, but rather her whole body. Remember around the start of the episode when Elton was showing us his childhood home? Ursula was holding the camera – she even waves her hand.

    • Chris Says:

      That…is an excellent point. I’d completely forgotten about that! 🙂

    • Brian Says:

      That point at the beginning where Ursula holds the camera and waves was a different point in time, before what happens at the end.

    • Veda Says:

      Actually the more interesting, and probably accurate interpretation is that Ursula wasn’t ever really saved. She was just part of Elton’s imagination.

      The show hid some very dark undertones with gags. For example, Elton was clearly mentally disturbed. He had managed to erase his mother’s death from his mind. He had gotten obsessed with the Doctor. And through LINDA and Ursula he almost found something to save him. But the doctor, once again ruined it for him. Harping on how the doctor hurts everyone who touches him.

  13. HelmStone Says:

    Yes entirely terrible for all the reasons you give. The idea of an episode with the doctor off camera could have worked and the idea of him being Mr Blue Sky also intrigued. I do think some episodes are written simply to force one scene on the audience (the ELO cellar sequence) and although this provided a contrast to the rest of the season I can see RTD being in trouble for this come judgement day.

    As to UK plumbing, we only have downstairs drains in the kitchen (normally). Bathrooms are often upstairs and adding new drains is a challenge. That said I have a utility area next to my kitchen built as part of an extension, so I avoid the problem you mention!

    Thanks for the reviews!

  14. cuteycindyhiney Says:

    I just got the complete David Tennant box set. I have still never seen this episode. Two people warned me about it, and told me about the “funny joke” at the end. I cringe just thinking about it, and will not play the episode! “Blink” and “Turn Left” were excellent “Doctor Lite” episodes! “Blink” is actually one of my all time favorite episodes of any science fiction show.

  15. Cassandra Elise Says:

    Did anyone else notice in the episode, when Kennedy is first introducing himself, the woman standing in the doorway to the left of the screen? I kept waiting for her to be introduced as well but when they flash frame back to him she is gone. Who is she?

  16. PK Says:

    Late to the game, here, and I’m new to Doctor Who, but I just wanted to mention something, because no one seems to have talked about this: Elton talked about seeing the Doctor when he was very young, but presumably, the Doctor would have been in a different form, i.e., not the David Tennant Doctor. Was there some explanation for this that I missed, or is this just poor continuity?

    • Chris Says:

      No, you didn’t miss anything and it isn’t a continuity issue. Keep in mind, the Doctor is a time traveler. There’s no reason the 10th Doctor couldn’t have been back in the 1970s when Elton was a kid.

      • continuity Says:

        That may not be a continuity issue, but this is: Early on in the episode, Ursula (who’s hand is seen, and speaks) id behind the camera. This shouldn’t be possible as the recording is all post events. Ursula should be a paving stone, and incapable of holding a camera

  17. Sarah Says:

    I agree with alot of things you said… simply couldn’t sit through this episode! The only thing I disagree with is I do think Russel T. Davies wrote some pretty good episodes, including “Midnight”, “Rose”, and “End of Time”…

  18. Jack Says:

    I think we all can agree, that “Love and Monsters” sucks.

  19. LINDA Says:

    I, for one, loved this episode, and laughed quite a bit at its tongue in cheek humor. I’ve even started my own local club of LINDA on facebook. It was a very funny episode and it deserves more respect than what it is given here.

  20. Yule Power (@purlpower) Says:

    I agree with much you have to say. This is an abomination of an episode. However, as a Brit I’ll take it upon myself to explain the washing machine thing: our bathrooms are TINY! American houses, even poor people’s houses, look enormous to us. Usually our bathrooms have barely enough room for a bath, basin and toilet. If you are posh you might be able to fit a separate shower cubical in but normally we have a shower head above the bath. There is definitely not room in most British bathrooms for large appliances like a washing machine or tumble dryer. Also, maybe because of the size of the typical bathroom, we have strict laws on what kind of electric sockets can be fitted in bathrooms. A normal socket, such as that required for a washing machine, would be against regulations. Also, washing machine ownership – although now commonplace – was still not the norm until well into the 1980s so many houses built in the last 50 years would not have been designed to have a washing machine at all. This is why they are always crammed into the kitchen unless you are VERY well off and have a separate room (usually built to the side of the kitchen) called a ‘utility room’. I hope you find all of this fascinating (!) Nice bloggging.

  21. Matt Says:

    1. This episode is fun until the ending
    2. It is a masterpiece compared to Last of the Time Lords

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  23. Amie Says:

    What struck me about this episode was how greatly aspects of it reminded me of Doctor Horrible. Most particularly Elton, from his appearance, blog and awkward antics, as well as little scenes here and there. His line near the end once he’d been cornered,”Everything I ever…”, really nailed it. It gets me feeling as though they took elements from this storyline which worked for them and tried to write a better story. Sort of could work as an alternate reality… :p

  24. Bethany Says:

    The only thing that saves(helps?) this episode for me is the theory that Elton’s mind is completely going wrong after the encounter with not-slitheen. So i imagine he doesn’t make out with a head,he’s just imagining all of that. So Blondie’s left depressed,with no friends,AND crazy. Poor guy. But a much interesting ending.

  25. Lisa Says:

    I bet you never thought they’d do a more wretched and insulting episode than Love and Monsters. I think Robots of Sherwood was them accepting the challenge.

    • Chris Says:

      Actually, I rather enjoyed that episode.

    • FeRDNYC Says:

      Yeah, I felt that “Robots of Sherwood” worked pretty well, and only went a bit wrong at the end, really (which does give it something in common with “Love and Monsters” when they decided to shoe-horn in that pointless and badly executed golden-arrow-ex-machina / power-of-teamwork nonsense. But that was more of a “well, that scene was dumb” stumble than anything terminal.

      Lisa was prescient, though, in that they DID take up the challenge of outdoing “Love and Monsters” a bit later on in the season/series, with that steaming pile called “Kill the Moon”. If Peter Harness never touches sci-fi writing again in his life, it’ll be a small kindness.

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