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5.0 out of 5 stars
ONE OF THE TRUE CLASSICS!!!, 16 Mar 2001
The Caves of Androzani is an example of Doctor Who at its very best. Penned by the late Robert Holmes, this story marked the end of the Peter Davison era as The Doctor. Like all the other great regeneration stories, the plot moves swiftly and intricately, twisting cleverly in a few places. The performances are very strong on nearly all counts, let down only slightly by the occasional overacting of Robert Glenister as Salateen. Peter Davison provided a powerful last performance in what is arguably his most high-profile role to date. The supporting characters especially the villains are generally less stereotypical than those of the past as we are confronted by the more common-place motives of personal and small-minded greed and ambition rather than the cliched quest for planetary or universal domination. The special effects of course are typical of the series in general but for the most part they do not spoil the claustrophobic atmosphere of the story (the Magma Creature being the noticeable exception). Please don't allow the very limited and "unamerican" budget to dissuade you from experiencing Doctor Who. It offers a depth of storytelling and character development that belies its lacklustre appearance. The artists involved in its 26 year history have created a universe of fascinating characters and places. They achieved this with the aid of what is undoubtedly the least limiting format for a television series the world has ever seen.
The Caves of Androzani is a "must have" for any true fan of the series. For those of you out there who have never experienced Doctor Who, it would be an excellent place to start! I myself am keen to see this story enhanced even further by the superior clarity of DVD. Oh, and please...keep them coming.