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READ THE BOOK FIRST
on 15 January 2016
Disappointing, badly dated & far too full of "Doctor Who" in-jokes and back references. I'd recommend reading the novel before you watch this - it all makes much more sense when you have a clear understanding of what's happened to Victoria since she left the TARDIS.
Made in the Great Hiatus of the Nineties, when there was no new "Doctor Who" except the Virgin novels, this seemed wonderful at the time, and it's still good to see Nick Courtney & Liz Sladen in action again, even though Sarah's involvement is really slight if you analyse it. Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield (really the key character) seems utterly lost, while her father Jack (a distinguished post-war actor here reprising his role as Prof Travers) is little more than a zombie.
Other, less famous "Who" alumni like John Leeson &Geoffrey Beevers give excellent performances, and the actress playing the young Kate Lethbridge Stewart is very good indeed - whatever happened to her?
The main problem is it's so edited down that it's jumpy, disjointed and hard to follow, and the idea of a generation so brainwashed they spend all their time wearing headphones and staring at electrical screens is, er.........oh! That really did happen, didn't it?