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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - The Creature from the Pit (1979) - 4 Star Entertainment with a few flaws..., 21 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Creature from the Pit [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Lalla Ward (Romana II) hit the mark in this hit and miss 1979 adventure as it demonstrates that not all large and green monster are not villianious at all as in the case of Erato (The Creature), and some humanoids can be the biggest evil and sadistic monsters of them all such as the evil villainess Lady Adrastra played excellently by Myra Francis adds to the shine to this adventure of business monopoly backstabbing and tratchery on the green and forestry planet of Chloris.

Both Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, Myra Francis and supporting cast of Geoffrey Balydon (Organon), Eileen Way (Karela) and David Telfer (The Head Huntsman) all shine. But there are two downside to this adventure. The first includes K-9 annoying voice provided by David Brierley. In my opinion John Leeson should never left and should of stay on for the 17th season adventures -this one, 'Nightmare in Eden' and 'The Horns of Nimon'. The second is the band of so-called bandits\rebels are represented as comic clowns. I felt really sorry for poor Morris Barry who plays Tollund, he portrays a poor leader and he sound like a poor man Ron Moodie version of `Oliver Twist' `Fagin'. Morris Barry is a better director as he was during the Patrick Troughton era of Doctor Who (Tomb of the Cybermen and The Dominators) than an actor.

If I was the cast director in 1979, I would have picked talented young male and female actors from that era to play the rebels and bandits for example Gillian Brown (Ohica in `The Brain of Moribus) as the female Rebel and Bandit Leader, Sheila While (Messelina in 'I, Claudius') as her deputy, David Warwick (Kimus in `The Pirate Planet'), Sandrina Franklin (Blake's 7), Ray Winstone and Mike Ford (both actors from 1979 film Scum), Kim Butcher and Debbie Fairfax (both actresses from Peter Walker's 1974 Horror classic Frightmare), Carl Howman (Brush Strokes),Tim Munro (the only actor from that comedy crowd, I would have kept in), and Leslie Ash would have given the 'punk' rebels and bandits a bit more gritty realism and due to the punk era from the late 1970s they would have added a lot of panache. It would have been fabulous if Lady Adrastra meet her female Alta ego nemesis who is the exact opposite to her. But due to BBC Director Graeme MacDonald zero tolerance to violant scenes that was never happened instead we ended with a bunch of the comedy clowns with bad wigs and terrible mock Jewish accents, an absolutely missed opportunity.
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2013 20:22:48 GMT
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Posted on 23 Feb 2013 22:27:33 GMT
Mr G Turner says:
It wasn't the story line that I was being negative about that why I gave the story '4' stars. I do apologise I am currently doing a creative writing script writing course and I felt it would be fabulous if their was pola opposite and more gritter rebels to challange Lady Adrestra instead of a bunch of comedic clowns. Ok, it had a lot of flaws and I am happy to amit it.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2013 19:20:31 GMT
[Deleted by the author on 19 Apr 2013 19:46:05 BDT]

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2013 20:09:40 GMT
Mr G Turner says:
That ok. But I will get the Myths and Legends boxset with the Doctor Who adventures - The Time Monster, Underworld and The Horns Of Nimon later on.

Posted on 29 Apr 2013 17:26:55 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 15:49:06 BDT
Mr G Turner says:
Hi, that ok.

Posted on 9 Oct 2013 17:05:25 BDT
Alex Lyon says:
Tollund (Morris Barry) is one of the technicians that gets chucked down the pit; the bandit leader is named Torvin and he is played by John Bryans.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Oct 2013 13:37:45 GMT
Mr G Turner says:
Oh, I am sorry.
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