5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hartnell fans stand up... and then sit down again.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Crusade / Space Museum [VHS]  (VHS Tape)I only really discovered Hartnell's Doctor about a year ago when I bought a copy of "The Rescue and the Romans". I enjoyed the Rescue, and tolerated the Romans. I then picked up a copy of 'The War Machines", and was again mildly impressed. But still, my interest was better served by "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" than "Marco Polo."
When the first episode, "The Lion", rolls on, you know you're in for something special. By the 1980's, you had to wait 10 minutes into episode 1 before anything happened, sometimes before the Doctor even arrived! But with "the Crusade, we are immediately thrust into 12th Century Palestine, brought to life by the wonderful actors, particularly Julian Glover's distinguished King Richard, and Bernard Kay's wonderful Saladin. Even the missing two episodes are hardly noticed, with the inspired inclusion of the CD. It makes one wonder why the historical adventures are so unpopular.
But then suddenly, the Space Museum. I try to be tolerant of 60's shows, but I have no idea why the production team wanted to do this story. The acting's awful, the plot full of holes you could drive a semi trailer through, and the sets laughable.
So 5 stars for The Crusade, and 2 for The Space Museum.
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