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Doctor Who and The Invasion Of The Dinorsaurs,
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I found myself wishing, while watching this, that they'd released the whole story in black and white because it adds something to the first atmospheric shots of a deserted London and also hides the worst CSO since The Claws Of Axos. I know it shouldn't be allowed to detract from the story and also that we shouldn't be too hard on an effects team working pre CGI but in all of the colour episodes you can see that the monsters are models filmed seperately and for the most part then projected onto a film screen while the actors react by standing up beside that screen and it looses the action any credibility it might have and prevents it from being at all spooky.
Jon Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney are up to their usual standards and enjoying themselves, John Levene's Benton is good as he comes to terms with the fact that 2 of his superiors are involved in the conspiracy and decides to side with the Doctor whatever the consequences, Elizabeth Sladen's Sarah is the gutsy investigative jounralist from The Time Warrior and I think it's a good story and if it had been made now, with all of the effects available to programme makers now, it would have been gripping with the right mix of action and thoughtful drama.
As it is because of the time it was made it suffers and has a mixture of everyone enjoying themselves and maybe winding down to John Pertwee's departure in a couple of stories time and a sense of tiredness in that yet again we have a deserted London being menaced by whatever with the Doctor saving the day, making it understandable why the production team decided to set the Doctor's adventures back in the rest of the Universe for the majority of his fourth incarnation.
Not the greatest John Pertwee story, stick to Spearhead from Space or the stories either side of this one.