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The greatest McCoy story in the galaxy!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Doctor Who The Greatest Show in the Galaxy [VHS]   (VHS Tape)
Greatest Show In The Galaxy is a cherishably surreal voyage into previously unknown territory. Taking as its starting point the oft-repeated maxim that clowns are scary (they are, you know), the story plays with some deliciously bizarre imagery, such as clowns driving a silent hearse, or brightly coloured kites being used to track down fleeing prisoners. As a subversion of childhood images of stability and reassurance, it really hits the mark - but it can also be enjoyed as that straightforward SF standby (much used in Dr Who) of an ancient evil about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.
The story meanders slightly in parts 3 and 4, but these are minor quibbles in a production that boasts so much - among them chilling incidental music, terrific visual effects (especially the monsters, whom I am not giving away), and Ian Reddington's terrifying performance as the Chief Clown.
This is a McCoy story that you should buy and cherish.