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Classic Who at its best!
on 9 December 2013
I will begin with 'The Space Museum' - I can understand the criticism that it gets from fans, however, despite its flaws, it's a solid piece of science fiction which has its moments. Yes, the Moroks and the Xerons aren't going to be at the top of any fan's list of favourite races which the Doctor has encountered; but the philosophy behind their conflict is wonderful. Immoral leaders facing off against a younger generation of revolutionary Xerons is, in principle a solid storyline. Episode 1, as often highlighted, is the highlight of the story; but moments such as Hartnell appearing from a Dalek and his interrogation are brilliant! All in all, this is a good story which, despite its flaws, is watchable and enjoyable. 4/5 for this story.
'The Chase' is my favourite Dalek story - it's really just a bit of fun; which was certainly missing in many early stories which dealt with issues such as tragedy (e.g. The Reign of Terror) or oppression (e.g.The Space Museum). This is not to say that these stories didn't have elements of fun in them; I am merely saying that the theme of them wasn't revolved around fun. 'The Chase' is just that. Daleks bitching to one another, a haunted house and the comical jungle mushroom-like plants on Mechanus are just a few of these fun elements. Away from the theme of fun, however, and you get a genuinely thrilling story with the premise that the Daleks have discovered the secret of time-travel; it can only be a good story! Yes the sets can be tatty sometimes, yes the costumes can look silly; but this is a damn good story and the ending (no spoilers for those yet to watch) is epic, saddening and joyful; a truly awesome conclusion to a brilliant story. 5/5 for this story!