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3.0 out of 5 stars I won't be rushing to buy it., 20 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD] (DVD)
I for one will not be in a hurry to buy this. The pre-release price is far too high for only 6 mediocre episodes. 'The King's Demons' has a certain charm and a sword-fight involving the Doctor (these are always good) but still manages to outstay its welcome in two episodes. 'Planet of Fire' starts well. The Lanzarote setting is used to good effect in episode one and the Doctor shows his 'scientist' side well. The exit of Turlough is also well handled and he is given an interesting back story. Unfortunately the rest of this story is rather boring.

The biggest problem with both stories is not Kamelion, who I rather like, but the over-the-top, pantomime 'Master' who is extremely annoying and the worst thing about the Davison era. In conclusion I will only be tempted to buy this when there is a considerable price drop.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2009 04:56:52 GMT
"the over-the-top, pantomime 'Master' is very annoying"

I can only assume that you think John Simm is horrid as the Master in the new series. There's no comparison in terms of "OTT" and "pantomime" in the generally innacurate way people seem to use these terms. Actually I find Ainley nothing short of magnificent in this one. The Master never was meant to be a stark hard villain. The man wears black, calls himself the Master and completely overrates himself in comparison to the Doctor.

He's been very wrongly described as the Moriarty to the Doctor's Holmes. Wrong, he's the Fu-Manchu to the Doctor's Nayland Smith, the Yosemite Sam to the Doctor's Bugs Bunny and Lex Luthor to the Doctor's Superman. All a bit nutty and OTT. A Moriarty he is not.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2010 00:47:57 GMT
E. Vang says:
Riiight, because when you say so then that must be fact.

I think I'll stick to the Moriarty comparison since the bloody character was CREATED to be a Moriarty to the Doctor's Holmes, which the creator of the character has expressed many times himself.

And to the original poster - 6 mediocre stories..? You must've overlooked all the bonus features on the other releases, then, if you think that's all you're getting.

....oh boy...(!)

Posted on 29 Mar 2010 23:15:45 BDT
Spidernick says:
Personally I think Turlough's departure was very disappointing: he was one of the most interesting companions we ever had, but his departure didn't move me at all and was a huge let down for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2010 20:05:10 BDT
A. Holliday says:
I've always thought Ainley's Master was a dreadful performance and a dreadful take on the character (the two are different) - but I still watch the show so I find Ryan's reframing of the character (away from Moriarty comparisons) interesting - if I can find a way of watching Ainley's master without thinking pantomime I'll take it, although I can't help thinking that Yosemite Sam was a lot more subtle...

P.S. BTW, Ainley's best performance as the Master was in an intro to a long forgotten computer game.

Posted on 11 Apr 2010 21:46:22 BDT
Come on guys let's not get carried away - Ainley was highly amusing as The Master, let's not pretend that he was the only OTT camp aspect of early to mid 80s Doctor Who! I thought he was dire in Time-Flight, amusing in Mark of the Rani, and fantastic in Survival; his remaining performances are all pretty much of a muchness. We all love this show warts and all; let's not fall out over it!
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