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5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely brilliant!!, 18 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Inferno [DVD] [1970] (DVD)
This story is a contender for the best ever.

A very well written and believable episode with a fabulous twist that is a classic Doctor Who moment. Here the series began exploring the nature of time far more than it had before, infact the whole content of the series became more adult.

The cast in their dual roles are uniformly excellent. It is probably the episode which best shows what a brilliant actor Jon Pertwee was, his performance full of compassion, horror and guilt at having been unable to prevent a holocaust, and his desperation to prevent another.

Brilliant sound effects and editing create a breathless atmosphere and a true feeling of imminent peril. The speed and energy of the eruption sequence forming the cliffhanger at the end of ep.6 is stunning.

Bad points? Not really. So the primords were added to create a more visible (and traditional) threat, they weren't really necessary, but they do not detract from the action.

This episode really shows what Doctor Who could achieve and this level of excellence was not bettered until Tom Baker took a trip to Paris.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2011 17:24:20 GMT
S. Poppitt says:
For any Jon Pertwee fans here present (who won't be familiar with serials starring Mr Baker!), the Tom Baker serial referred to in the final paragraph of this review is 'City of Death' (1979), co-starring Lalla Ward, Julian Glover (who was superb in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'), and Tom Chadbon.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2011 21:46:02 GMT
Whilst I wouldn't dispute the brilliance of Inferno or City of Death, there a several stories in between that match them in terms of quality - Baker's first three years being especially rich in this respect.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2011 08:52:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Dec 2011 08:59:55 GMT
Ian Sharp says:
I was careful to say this level of excellence was not 'bettered' until City of Death. I agree there are many episodes equally as good as Inferno in between, Genesis of the Daleks and Pyramids of Mars being two of my personal favourites, but none as good as City in my opinion.
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