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The Horror of Glam Rock: They've all been here, Hendrix, Lulu, The Wombles...
on 22 August 2013
First released in 2006, this is the third episode of a of the first standalone series for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.
This series got off to a cracking start with the two part `blood of the Daleks' and it keeps its foot firmly on the throttle here. The Doctor and Lucy land near a motorway services in the middle of the night in the mid seventies. The services are infested with glam rockers on their way to and from gigs and appearances on Top of the Pops. There is an infestation of another sort, and could that be linked to one of the more spaced out rockers?
It's remarkable that the producers manage to pack so much into 50 minutes. There is suspense, action and excitement, some really great characters who all get a good share of the action and a really great image of the time and place. It also has a very welcome turn from the immortal Bernard Cribbins as a single minded impresario determined to get his latest act to London in time for their big moment. Throw into the mix Una Stubbs as the world's most imperturbable dinner lady and Stephen Gately as a nascent glam rocker working along side Paul McGann's Eight and Sheridan Smith's Lucie and you have a great cast who really deliver. Especially Cribbins who towards the end has some really powerful scenes. And it's nice to see the Eighth Doctor having a bit of fun for a change.
It's fast, it's fun, it has a T-Rexed version of the Dr Who theme music at the end. It's a great release. 5 stars.