But one thing irritated me beyond belief. And it was the following:
THAT. SHOULD. HAVE. BEEN. DONE. USING. A. PHYSICAL. MODEL. It’s begging to be done using one. Sure, add CGI aircraft if you want – but the actual carrier itself should clearly have been a model. Just imagine how it would look – it’d be absolutely beautiful. The carrier is a great design – but the execution leaves rather a lot to be desired. It doesn’t feel real – which something like that needs to.
The thing is – I’m not irrationally against CGI, like some people. It’s a technique that has its place, like any other. The Toclafane were mostly excellently done (apart from the shot just before the President was killed), and an appropriate use of CGI. But New Who often seems to use CGI as the first technique they think of, rather than exploring all options.
The really irritating thing is the reputation Dwarf has with some people – completely unfairly – for poor effects, compared to New Who‘s reputation for having great ones. And yet time and time again, I see shots in New Who that Dwarf – for the first six series – would have managed better…