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A great pantomime with a morally sound Doctor!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Timelash [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Some people forget that Dr.Who is part shakepeare, part detective drama, part horror movie, part historical drama and part pantomime. They see the pantomime as the thing to be particlularly ashamed of or embarrassed about. I disagree. Warriors of the Deep was a tragic pantomime with a morality play at the core, Twin Dilemma was pantomime with a black heart, and this story is a pantomime that restores the sense of adventure and compassionate heroics to the Colin Baker era. Here we see the Doctor at his most moral and noble, ready to give his life to save the people of Karfel from an evil dictator and the bomb attack he's provoked. Aided by quirky and enthusiastic Herbert, a likeable guy who turns out to be H.G. Wells, this is a pantomime with a good heart (or two!) and a lot of color, wit and fun. The boo-hiss Borad is a little ordinary, but does the villain thing okay. The references to Wells' literature is clever and ultimately ironic, because his book The Time Machine influenced the creation of the whole Dr.Who series, and this story suggests the writer got his book ideas from his adventures with the Doctor! Witty, literate and not bad for a panto, hey?
Definitely one of the more upbeat and enjoyable Colin Baker stories! Taken for what it is, (instead of criticising it for what it is not!) this is a great Dr.Who story.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2013 13:24:33 BDT
Alex Lyon says:
Not meaning to seem pompous, but having watched Dr Who for 40 years, and worked on Panto for 25, I think I'm reasonably safe in asserting that Dr Who is not, whatever else it is, a pantomime.
Admittedly, in Paradise Towers it does come close.
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