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Well, at least the monsters have a certain flare .....
, 28 April 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden [DVD]  (DVD)
Season 17 has never been regarded as one of Doctor Who's strongest periods. At the time, Tom Baker had been playing the role for six years and not surprisingly, sometimes lacked the energy and commitment of his earlier time on the show.
But even average Tom Baker has something to recommend it, and whilst Nightmare of Eden does look cheap at times, feature monsters who are less than frightening (particularly from the waist down) and boasts a remarkable guest turn from Lewis Fiander and his amazing comedy accent, there are still many incidental pleasures which make this a rewarding watch.
David Daker was always a reliable performer, and his character's eventual demise, from a drink spiked with drugs, is unusually hard hitting and not what you'd expect from the series at this point in its history. The junglescape of Eden is well designed and lit sympathetically, in stark contrast to the brightly lit spaceships. Tom's in good form and his final scene with Tryst (Fiander) is a welcome reminder of the more spiky Doctor of earlier years. Lalla Ward, although bedecked in an unflattering dress, is, as always, a good foil for the Doctor.
The Nightmare of Eden was a troubled production, as director Alan Bronmley struggled with the demands of the story. The special features highlight this, both the production subtitles and the audio commentary, moderated by Toby Hadoke, are a must read/listen. Bob Baker, Peter Craze and Lalla Ward are amongst the commentary participants, and the commentary is notable for Lalla being in quite a good mood for once, with less of the Tom Baker bashing than usual.
So, to sum up, this is no classic but a decent way to spend 100 minutes or so.
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