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2.0 out of 5 stars The Chase, 21 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase [DVD] (DVD)
It's the one with Frankenstein's Monster it it. Funny that, because the story is a bit like someone has scavenged a whole lot of fairly interesting-looking bits and stitched them together into a lumbering mindless monster.

It starts with the new gadget - the Time Space Visualiser - a great idea that lends you godlike perspective to see anything, anywhere, anywhen. Aside from the Beatles, the incidents viewed are the Gettysburg Address (that's 172 Pennsylvania Avenue, Gettysburg), and Shakespeare getting his commission to write Merry Wives of Windsor, thus proving that the big, hairy, lairy, rock star Shakespeare of from the Shakespeare Code is a shameful imposture. And then the TSV says 'Look out, the Daleks are after you', hence the chase.

First stop, Planet Aridius, where they try to get a Dalek to rise from the sand, just like the one did from the Thames - forgetting that the reason that the Foreign Legion buried Beau Geste up to his neck in sand is that it's a lot more difficult to get out of sand than out of water.

There are two Aridians and a Mire Beast, and even if one Aridian is Hywel Bennet, that's not very many. The Daleks blackmail the Aridians into handing over the TARDIS crew, but they escape by a ruse, and calling a Dalek 'Archie'.

Then they go to the Empire State Building for no very good reason, and there's a Hillbilly there named Morton Dill, who's about as funny as a Hillbilly on top of the Empire State Building.

Then they go to this sailing ship and, when the Daleks arrive, everyone jumps into the water, so that's why the ship is the Marie Celeste (even though there's so many stairs on board it would surely have been possible to hide below decks).

And then it seems we're in a Universal horror film, complete with Dracula and the Monster mentioned above, and a wailing lady, which can't be exterminated cos, apparently, they're robots. A Dalek gun won't stop a machine working. Rubbish.

And then we're off to Mechanus (Vikki has hidden in the Dalek ship to make it more exciting) and there are some incomprehensible metal monsters that Mr Nation seriously thought were going to be as big a money spinner as the Daleks, and although the set and the model are interesting, the Mechanoids really are not a patch on the Daleks, so no wonder they bombed. There's also a stranded astronaut named Steven. Barbara and Ian use the Dalek ship to get back to 1960s London, and Steven stows away in the TARDIS.

It's workaday fare this - keep churning it out Terry - things happen, more things happen, sometimes the things are quite exciting, but there's no real story holding the thing together, still less a concept. No truths about the Human Condition in this one, and no inspiring performances either, even from Mr Bennet. Even Ian & Barbara's return to Earth is a series of stills, and the Daleks aren't very good either.

The Time Space Visualiser disappeared, never to be seen again. Good job too; if you knew everything that was gong to happen, you'd never go anywhere.
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