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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a work of art. With LOTS of BLACK paint!, 17 Mar 2009
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Deadly Assassin [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
Two little words: Bob Holmes! So get it! Not convinced? Well Read on.

If you're not a fan, trampling over people to grab their own copy first then delve in with an open mind!

This is not your average Dr Who & had Mary Whitehouse raging at the BBC. This is a time where everyone just agreed to disregard every rule of children's Science Fiction & created a one off vision of Dr Who at it's most horrifying.

It's virtually impossible for me to write this review without saying the words: Dark, Gothic or Horror. Because it represents all those words perfectly!

Dark: Because of the lack of over lit sets, the Masters clobber & the fact that the theme of story is "The death of many, to save one life"

Gothic: Because of the casts robe costumes, Catheaderal like sets, Church Organ Music & a certain characters name!


Horror: Because the Doctor gets Tortured, shot, drowned, framed, almost poisoned, he falls off a cliff, smacked over the head with a Gun handle.. it goes on! Also, the Master looks like he has had all the skin on his face ripped off & gave every kid who's parents complained; Nightmares!

This is one of my favourites because of it's uniqueness. We see Galifrey at it's best, the companion is dropped & Dr Who has to use cunning, violence & guile in order to defeat his arch enemy.

There is so much more about this story I could say but I'll leave that to the countless number of fans who praise this story!

So if you haven't seen it, then do so before you die because everything about this story apart from the fake spider in the bush is simply commendable & gives a very apt representation of how Dr Who could have been a perfect show if it was aimed at adults & not children.

When ever I accidentally see a clip from, or have the patience to watch an episode of the New series, & begin to cringe from over acting, weep from lack of a characteristic music score.. I just remember this little number!

Ladies & Gentlemen: Behold.. at long last.. "THE DEADLY ASSASSIN!"

"Predictable as a Hare Doctor.." - The Master
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Showing 1-9 of 9 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 30 Mar 2009 11:03:03 BDT
Lib Man Dan says:
Surely the quote from the Master is "Predictable as ever Doctor"

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2009 15:22:04 BDT
D. Baker says:
How on earth could someone mishear that line as 'predictable as a hare, doctor'? It doesn't even make any sense - and even if the sound cut out, you would know there is only one word that it could be.


In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2009 16:50:23 BDT
The people who did the subtitles are Wrong I tell you! Wrong! The Doctor Runs all the Way through this story until the End, alot like the Behaviour of a Hare! Few people get my Irony! So just ignore me!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2009 20:44:12 BDT
S. O'ROURKE says:
clever like the vole Porter!

Posted on 30 Aug 2009 13:13:08 BDT
G. Young says:
Excellence sir, excellence!

Posted on 20 Dec 2009 14:33:24 GMT
Sophie says:
"Bob Holmes! So get it!" - didn't he also write The Space Pirates and The Power of Kroll? They were awful. Most of his stuff (including Deadly Assassin) was great, but nobody's always great.

Posted on 15 Jul 2011 23:17:23 BDT
Yes, this was amongst the best stories of the classic series. And the drowning sequence is genuinely disturbing. It's no wonder Mary Whitehouse complained. I think it was edited for the VHS release as a consequence. She was wrong; the horror of it is essential to the nightmarish aspect of this part of the story.

But I can't agree with the comments here about the resurrected series. It sounds like it as written by someone who can't move on. I'm old enough to remember all Doctors, and I can say that the new series is better in all respects - effects (obviously); acting (the overacting in the sixties episodes especially is atrocious, and that includes William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton) and writing - the new series is wittier, more literate and grown up. But there are exceptions, and this story is one. Also recommended: Genesis of the Daleks, Spearhead from Space, (which has a unique feel, due to being shot entirely on film) and, perhaps surprisingly, the seventh doctor story Remembrance of the Daleks.

Not sure about the title though. Tautology, surely? Aren't assassins SUPPOSED to be deadly?

Posted on 20 Jul 2011 20:03:27 BDT
Actually I agree with your comment about the new Who. Sort of. The music is wildy overdone. Why do we need a soundtrack when someone sits on a chair or looks out of a window? Also, why does the doctor have to kiss every assistant? Really, enough with the kissing already!!! It just diminishes his 'alien-ness'. Maybe its time for a male assistant so the Doc will stop kissing everyone, although nowadays you never know.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2011 17:35:14 BDT
You are right of course. I find it sad that such a characteristic series has been watered down & made more 'accessible' for greed of viewing figures & profit. Good science Fiction doesn't need kissing. The classics proved this admirably. But please, don't listen to me! I HATE the new stuff. HATE IT!!!
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