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The Dominators - A welcome outing for the Second Doctor,
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Dominators [DVD]  (DVD)Patrick Troughton has long been one of my favourite Doctors, second only to Jon Pertwee. It is therefore with great anticipation that I look forward to a release of one of his all too rare surviving serials. Therefore I must admit to being a bit biased before reviewing this release.
It's a pretty good story. A planet of peace loving people is invaded by the ruthless Dominators, and their henchmen, the Quarks. The Doctor must help stop the invasion, but is hampered by the unwillingness of the natives to either believe his story of imminent invasion, and later, their inability to act and deny all their principles.
This is a story that works on several levels. It is an entertaining adventure, with lots of scrapes, cliff hangers, dastardly aliens with evil schemes. Doctor Who is always at its best when there is a juicy moral dilemma, and there is a great big one here. Just how do you save a people that do not want to be saved? Along with a decent performance from Troughton, Frasier Hines as Jamie and Wendy Padbury as Zoe this is a story with a lot to offer.
It's not all rosy and good. This was a troubled production, where the original script was butchered and changed so much that the writers took their names off it. This shows, especially in the final episode where the interesting original set up falls into a rather rushed ending. There were some very silly looking costume for the male Dulcians, though the female costumes were pretty good, especially on Wendy Padbury! The whole thing was done on the cheap, even by Doctor Who's standards, and this does show up in some of the sets. Finally there are the Quarks. Designed as a replacement for the Daleks, they are quite laughable boxes on legs with funny arms. Although the special effects the first time they kill someone are genuinely good and very disturbing.
This release from 2 Entertain is up to the usual standards. The picture and sound have been nicely restored and it looks pretty good. There is an interesting information text, with many fascinating notes, including the fact that it was cheaper to hire two people to play motionless mannequins than it was to hire two real mannequins! There is an interesting short film where Caroline John discusses the remarks made by TV critics in the newspapers about the Second Doctor. There are the usual stills, commentary and advert for the next release.
In summary, a good basic story, with some flaws toward the end and some dodgy production values, in a decent DVD release. Four stars.