1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2011
It has to be said that for fans of Doctor Who, this one's all about searching for the positives, and there are some honestly! Colin Baker's first serial as the Timelord was actually part of Peter Davison's final season, rather than a new one for him. Strangely, I couldn't have imagined Davison's Doctor in this story; the garish colours, poorly realised monsters and weak script immediately put Baker's position in jeopardy; was this pantomime really our favourite Sci-fi TV show?
The positives are Baker's aggressive and unbalanced portrayal of The Doctor after his recent regeneration; unfortunately this went a bit too far but was an exciting and unpredictable way for a new incarnation of the Timelord to behave, and the scenes where he tries to throttle his companion Peri (many viewers would not have complained if he had) are well-directed, and thanks to the incidental music, tense and worrying. Kevin McNally as ace pilot Hugo Lang also lends much needed gravitas and style to the proceedings, whilst Maurice Denham as Azmael, Master of Jaconda, is typically classy.
The rest is a bit of a mess really, with the slug-like Mestor looking about as threatening as, well a garden slug, his Jacondan slaves looking like pantomime characters, and the twins Romulus and Remus, who are frankly pretty wet.
Many fans (including Russell T Davies interestingly) see this story as the point where their show went down the tubes completely, and it is notable that this is the final Colin Baker DVD to be released on DVD. Whilst there are some good moments, they are few and far between and the serial ultimately looks cheap, tacky, and shoddily made.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2008
After getting a copy of this and The Caves Of Androzani I persuaded my best mate to sit down and watch the two back-to-back to go through the classic best-and-worst back-to-back Doctor Who experience. Having watched the excellent Caves Of Androzani many times and rated it as highly as it's reputation suggests I was interested to see if The Twin Dilemma lived up to it's fan ranking of worst ever serial. It was much worse than I expected. My mate was glued to Caves, but was clearly having difficulty staying awake during Twin Dilemma. He spent most of his time reading the Caves Of Androzani sleeve notes or trying to get comfortable on the sofa. I had a headache and nasty pain behind my eyes. Firstly the good bits: By far the best thing about the whole serial is Mestor, the big sluggy alien thing, because he is FUNNY - to clarify, we were laughing AT him, not WITH him. Nicola Bryant as Peri is always watchable because she is cute, and Kevin McNally and Maurice Denham put in passable performances, although both look distinctly embarrassed by the fact that they were caught up in this whole dreadful business. I am also loving the tin-foil computer thing - I can imagine them all grilling their sausages on it after filming whilst in tears mourning the end of Doctor Who as we knew it. Now, the bad bits: Colin Baker, those twins, dreadful continuity issues, rubbish story, endless repetition, over-long scenes with zero content - pointless time-wasting to try to fill 100 minutes - there's one bit where Azmael takes a few attempts to try to contact someone with no notable plot reason - I'm surprised the ref didn't blow up for time-wasting. A number of red cards should have flown about with this one. Early baths all round. Don't watch it because it's the worst ever and you're curious - that way madness lies. The only reason you should watch this is if you want to make yourself ill. I'm sure The Doctor will sign you off for a week.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2004
As shocking and horrifying as it may be to see the new Doctor try to strangle the pretty Peri in a moment of unbridled paranoia, or dress up in the galactic equivalent of the technicolor dream coat (It's red and yellow, mainly!)or spout all manner of crazy lines and poetry etc, as he swings from abusive to cowardly, to self-importantly brave and heroic, there is no doubt that Twin Dilemma is one of the most totally compelling episodes of Dr.Who ever. You just can't help keep watching it is so darn outrageous and wild! Colin Baker delivers a startling if not totally convincing performance and holds the screen every second he is on it. The villain looks bad (he's a big rubbery slug!) and the sets are pure panto, but the Doctor's old friend Azmael is great, a truly sympathetic and classy guest character, and the whacko antihero Doctor helps him make this a story worth watching for sheer character and dialog alone. Forget the FX, the monsters and the clever plots. Its just Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Maurice Denham and Hugo Lang (whoever the actor is slips my mind!) and they make you want to watch for them and their colorful exchanges and interactions. Grotesque at times, hilarious and scary and moving at others, Twin Dilemma like other underrated Who stories (Timelash, Timeflight, Warriors of the Deep) is totally engrossing entertainment and much more watchable than the bad rep suggests. You have to see it, if nothing else!