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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Bodysnatchers Who Style
This belongs to the 'gothic' era when Philip Hinchliffe was producer and a lot of tributes were done to hammer horror style films and if 'Pyramids of Mars' is 'Curse of the Mummy' then 'Terror of the Zygons' is 'The Bodysnatchers'. It does benefit though from being set in contemporary ish Britain which gives it a little 'reality' to ground it and the use of drilling for...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad monster story
I like the Zygons, they whisper to each other through a phaser guitar pedal. Their ship interior is organic and slimy. The story is good but in a classic "space monsters attempt to take over the world but the doctor saves the day" kind of way. I can't decide if it is a 3 or 4 star job, I think 3. The loch ness monster is ... but the Zygon ship is good. The...
Published on 11 Oct 2000


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Bodysnatchers Who Style, 4 July 2003
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
This belongs to the 'gothic' era when Philip Hinchliffe was producer and a lot of tributes were done to hammer horror style films and if 'Pyramids of Mars' is 'Curse of the Mummy' then 'Terror of the Zygons' is 'The Bodysnatchers'. It does benefit though from being set in contemporary ish Britain which gives it a little 'reality' to ground it and the use of drilling for Oil off Scotland adds to this as I think this was something that had only recently started when the show was filmed in 1975. I still think it has one of the best Who effects in it, that of the Zygon space ship leaving Loch Ness, the filming of the model and the detail in it does almost fool you into thinking it's real until you see a little juddering of wires in the actual flying of the thing (mind this could be my video jumping it is rather old now), shame I can't say the same for the monster really but Tom Baker does his best in reacting to it to try and make it look like a threat. It is also nice to see the Brigadier as always and is Harry Sullivan's last regular story with him just deciding to take inter city as a nice understated departure. All the guests are good too. Definetly a must for the collection!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gothic Chiller, 22 April 2005
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This is one of the best episodes from the Gothic Hinchcliffe/Holmes era. It features UNIT, the horrific Zygons and a rather embarrassing Loch Ness Monster (obviously not the idea of it, but how the Skarasen - to give it its real name, turned out) which is the only let down in an otherwise faultless episode that should be regarded as a vintage slice of Doctor Who. This was written by Robert Banks Stewart and directed by Douglas Camfield who both also went on to do the excellent 'The Seeds of Doom'. It is also worth mentioning that the music score by Geoffrey Burgon is magnificently eerie, especially when the nurse escapes through the wood. He was also the composer used for 'The Seeds of Doom' which again was just as brilliantly eerie. Finally, aren't the Zygons a brilliant design concept for an alien race of creatures!
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4.0 out of 5 stars terror of the zygons, 6 Aug 2002
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the location filming is of great benefit, all the key performances are good (with the principals coming out especially well and the nurse and the gillie being quite effectively threatening), the rubber alien costumes and the model work are pretty good (even the skarasan is redeemed by being simply hilarious), but the clincher which puts it ahead of many dr who stories is a superb cliffhanger where... well, let's say you know it's going to happen, but it's still quite a shock. poor sarah.
it has to be said, on the downside, that the ending is flat, unimaginative, weak and - even for a story with rubber monsters - unbelievable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Camfield magic., 10 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
The acting is up to the usual standard, with Tom Baker on particularly good form as the Doctor. The Brigadier makes his best contribution to the series since The Green Death. John Levene and Ian Marter are given the rare opportunity to really shine as actors in this story. The location scenes are great (you wouldn't believe it wasn't filmed in Scotland) and the climax of episode two, with the Doctor racing away in a UNIT Land Rover, is excellent. I always felt that Douglas Camfield was one of the best Doctor Who directors, and this story merely reinforces that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who's Highland Fling, 29 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
This extremely entertaining story is set in the highlands of Scotland, with sinister goings-on at Loch Ness. The Zygons, a race of aquatic aliens, have been living in the Loch and plotting mischief, using the Loch Ness monster to destroy oil rigs. Naturally, only the Doctor can stop them.

This story features the welcome return of Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart, after a long abscence, and lots of men in kilts. The Zygons are classic Dr Who monsters, and there is a splendidly unconvincing Loch Ness monster. What more could anyone want?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 31 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
This is one of the best Doctor Who adventures. All the performances are excellent (although John Woodnutt's attempt at a Scottish accent is a bit iffy!). This was the last appearance by the Brigadier for a very long time (which was a bit of a shame because I thought that he worked well with the fourth Doctor in this adventure). Lillias Walker and Robert Russell are very sinister villains in this story even though they don't say too much. The brilliant incidental music and the contributions of Ian Marter, Nicholas Courtney and John Levene mean this is better than its sequel 'The Seeds of Doom'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and spooky, 19 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
The only flaw in this story is the Loch Ness Monster, and he's not around all that much. Everything else is great. There are not many scenes in Dr Who (or TV) that match up to Zygon Harry lying in wait for Sarah, or the hunt for the Zygon nurse in the woods. This is classic.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad monster story, 11 Oct 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
I like the Zygons, they whisper to each other through a phaser guitar pedal. Their ship interior is organic and slimy. The story is good but in a classic "space monsters attempt to take over the world but the doctor saves the day" kind of way. I can't decide if it is a 3 or 4 star job, I think 3. The loch ness monster is ... but the Zygon ship is good. The over acting is funny and as for the scottish stereotypes (bag pipes, haggis, tartan, heather etc), hilarious (intentionaly I think.) Although I only give it 3 stars, I am still very glad I bought it. Barney
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Doctor Who adventure., 25 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
A really enjoyable story involving UNIT. A good blend of mystery, adventure and (for Doctor Who) some evil looking and well crafted monsters!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Um it's okay but a classic? Nah., 18 Dec 2001
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This review is from: Doctor Who Terror of the Zygons [VHS] [1963] (VHS Tape)
This is typical of the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era. As such it drags quite badly alot of the time. There is a lot of running around moors and dark corridors for no real reason other than to eat up airtime and the villains are just a bunch of one-dimensional raving psychopathic megalomaniacs. Yeah, yeah Broton, you're gonna destroy everything. We heard you the first time, no need to say it again and again and again. And the ending? ... Wow! Took them ages to think of that one! The saving grace is the Loch Ness Monster. I was in hysterics for days. Not abysmal, just dull, cliched and repetitive.
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