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Peter Davison is the best Doctor Who ever!,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Four To Doomsday [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is the first recorded (and second screened) Davison story. It is similar to both the opening of The Senorites and Ark in Space as the Tardis lands on Monarch's vast and seemingly deserted alien ship, on its way to attack Earth in four days time. The new Tardis line up totally fail to get along and despite a great conferecne scene where the Doctor and friends dicuss their situation from all angles, they end up at each other's throats, to great effect. The sets here are superb, Stratford Johns is brilliant as the oh-so-civilised and polite alien leader who is totally unhinged and evil underneath it all, and the whole things is quietly unnerving with the revelation that there is no life on the ship, just androids, and the fact that our heroes are watched at all times by floating "eyes".
The word Doomsday in the title seems to be a reference to doomsday cults, and like a cult leader (Manson or similar) Monarch is so delusional he believes he is God (!!) and he refers to those on his ship as "my family" (the Manson family?). Most tellingly, he tries to brainwash Adric, young impressionable and naive to the point of stupidity (but I still like the kid!) to turn against his friends and he plans to use poison to wipe out humanity! The Bidmead influence was still very much in evidence here, with a multilayered story that relates to real life on one level and is SF adventure on another. For Dr.Who the production looks brilliant and Peter Davsion shines in a varied and quirky performance, hinting at the level he would rise to later in Frontios and Caves of Androzani. All in all, Four to Doomsday is a very good story!