It's started, the return of the glory days of Who!,
This review is from: Doctor Who : Ghost Light [DVD]  (DVD)
When Slyvester McCoy took over the role of Doctor Who (No'7), I wasn't overly keen on him or the stories that we're being produced at that time in the 80's, too much humour, too many high profile actors mis-cast, silly monsters, etc, etc.
However turning out Slyvester's 3rd season (Season 26 of Who) as the Doctor, the stories were returning to the old days of intesity, drama, thought provoking & complicated scripts. This was one at the time that seemed rather confusing.
Now looking back upon review, it shows how Slyvester was becoming a very darker, yet interesting Doctor, the assistant in this case (Ace) becoming the main focus of the stories worked rather well & more dynamic. Yet making the 7th Doctor more heroic in a clever but darker way. Also the BBC were great at doing costume dramas, so making use of a historic setting and using previous BBC custome drama stage sets, makes for a cracking saving on the Who budget, thus spending the who budget to bruce it up more, making the whole set feel confined, atmospheric, isolated & really like an old country mansion estate.
What is interesting that nearly two decades later, we see where exactly Doctor Who was going & on review becoming a more interesting show again, like it is today. Life was returning, so was great scripts, great characterisation, & brilliant drama.
This should have been really been a 4-part story, then it may not have been so complicated. However being a 3 parter does have it's pluses, you are totally glued to it until the end & wonder afterwards "Why the hell was the show pulled?" then, when it was just starting to get brilliant again.
This story does shine out for Slyvester & Sophie & is by far one of the best from the 7th Doctors era (which are mostly season 26, this, The Curse and Survival stories anyway), a must buy for fans & can be watched again & again.