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Hmm, Its Good but...,
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Black Guardian Trilogy: Mawdryn Undead / Terminus / Enlightenment [DVD] (DVD)
This story is pretty good i find its an enjoyable way to introduce a companion and re-introduce an old enemy
Mark Strickson portrays a troubled young man, far far away from home, desperate to get off earth brilliantly
The return of the black guardian is aso worth mentioning with Vlentine dyall performance of the most evil being in the universe is stellar.
Peter Davisons Fifth Doctor is on top form again and puts across an innocence, completley oblivious of his new companions ties to the black guardian
Sarah Sutton's Nyssa is As usual gorgeous,intelligent and caring looking after who she thinks is the doctor and showing she'll do anything to help him
Tegan...what can i say? Janet Fieldings Tegan isn't my favourite more so in this set of stories because of her tendancy to moan and panic but she shows a more "been around the block" attitude in this story questioning Mawdryn's claims to be the doctor and there intentions.
Oh and We have the return of the Brigadier,after 8 years away, showing his implicit trust of the doctor and the friendship they share.
Damn good story
This is good story but it does tend to lull in parts where they do nothing or there is something going on but no plot expotition
Mark Strickson and Janet Fielding spend an enjoyable time crawling round air ducts together but it gives the characters of tegan and turlough a chance to gain a little trust.
Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton show how their characters of The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa have grown closer to each other by their need to find one another and that cute little hug in episode one!
speaking of Nyssa theres another moment,the dropping of a certain skirt,which can be desrcibed as....interesting
The black Guardian is somewhat in the background in this story and is sort of only there to keep turlough in agony over his choice
The only disapointing thing about this story is that Nyssa leaves! especially since the story is seen as a bit rubbish but the deparure seen is both sad and memorable and makes you wish that Nyssa would stay (and possible boot out tegan!)
For me there is a hole i this story as Nyssa is no longer there but apart from that it's an enjoyable romp with the return of the White Guardian and the introduction of The Eternals
The Final installment of the trilogy shows Turlough finally begining to break under the pressure of the Black Guardians demands and with his choice at the end shows the beginings of a trustworthy companion( if they could stop locking him up in the tardis!)
Tegan is a bit better in this story with less moaning and the little sub-plot of and eternal taking a deep interest in her
The Doctor is Brilliant in this story showing the couragous fifth doctor in the light he is always set in the brave but in someways tragic hero
Whilst having some problems with the stories they are overall pretty good eighties stroies