Exploding K9......and weird science!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive [DVD] (DVD)
This is Jonathan Nathan Turner's (JNT) first story as producer of Doctor Who, and things are looking different:
- A new outfit for Tom Baker
- A re-vamped theme tune and opening sequence
- Removal of comic one-liners
- New incidental music
- Weird science that is now based on scientific fact
Furthermore, JNT's open dislike of K9 is evident in the opening sequence - where the mechanical dog meets an explosive encounter with the English Channel!
But is the story any good? Well, it's not that bad. The basic premise concerns a race of people on the planet Argolis that have survived a nuclear war with the reptilian Foamasi- the only problem is that the Argolians are now sterile and so are dying out! Argolis is now a tourist planet, attracting visitors to see the Leisure Hive where they can see Tachyonics in action - weird science that can duplicate and manipulate organic matter. But all is not well - humans have come to exploit a failing economic situation; the Argolians are desperate for Tachyonics to provide for the ongoing survival of their species; and renegade factions of Foamasi are on the loose. And added to this mix are the Doctor and Romana who get caught up in a sensitive diplomatic situation that is fuelled by murder and corruption. All in all, an interesting story that develops at a good pace with some excellent cliff hangers. Tom Baker is obviously no longer enjoying his role, and reports of personality clashes on set obviously contribute to his slightly lacklustre performance. But don't let that put you off - there is plenty here to entertain and surprise!
Finally, there are some excellent extras on this DVD, including a feature on the changes that were introduced by JNT, a look at the costume design and trip with Blue Peter to Longleat!