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3.0 out of 5 stars Can this be Lilith? Nope, it's a silver mannequin with a wobbly head..., 19 Nov 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - Kamelion Tales Box Set: The King's Demons / Planet of Fire [DVD] (DVD)
A strange couple of stories, tied together by the wobbly and unconvincing Kamelion character. The Doctor first meet this robot in The King's Demons, a tale set in the 13th century featuring The Master in his most Pantomimic creation, that of the late Anthony Ainely. Not, if we are honest, the best Master by any means, this is a typical effort from the period. In it's defence, it is only a two parter (it would drag if it were a four part tale) and historical stories were rare at this time in the show's history. But it is pretty flimsy and a ginger beard does not hide Anthony Ainley's Master anymore than a false nose or a hat with an arrow in it. Kamelion is pretty poorly realised, despite it being a reasonable idea.

The second story here, despite Kamelion being sat in the TARDIS (doing what???) for some 5 stories pops up again, as does, wait for it... The Master, this time being shrunk in size and working from a shoebox. This tale nicely introduces Peri Brown, one of the 1980s stronger characters, played admirably by Nichola Bryant. Well known through the fans of the programme as the story with the bikini and provocative shots there of. I on the other am not going to stoop to that level. Anyway, filmed in Lanzerotti (a rare trip abroad for Who) and marginally better than The King's Demons, saved by a typical over the top performance by Peter Wyngarde this is a passable release of classic Who before it went down hill. Kamelion by this point looked even more wobbly and no amount of silver gaffa tape was going to save him. Remember him in the first tale in this release; he looked marginally less rubbish.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2010 16:41:53 GMT
Twiddles42 says:
How is Peter Wyngarde acting "over the top" in this story?!! I thought he had the part down perfectly.

Put him in an episode of the new series and people would say he'd be wooden when compared to the other actors...

Posted on 1 Feb 2010 13:30:06 GMT
Parkie says:
You mean they haven't included the story where Kamelion is glimpsed briefly lying on the floor of the Tardis' spare room? That was his finest moment.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2010 11:39:47 GMT
Sorry Twiddles42, but I think his acting is always OTT and here is no exeption. Apologies if you disagree. I still think he's fab, but understated he isn't.
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