The Stranger: Breach Of The Peace [VHS]
Another episode of the 'Doctor Who' spin-off. The Stranger (Colin Baker) has discovered he is the leader of an alien gang of terrorists on an assassination run in Earth's dimension. However, he has decided to reject his violent past in favour of a pastoral existence in his new home. Two of his fellow terrorists have other ideas, and pose as policemen in order to track him down.
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The story follows on from The Terror Game (one of my favourites) and is in stark contrast to the violence and darkness of that previous film. The Stranger, or Preston as he is now calling himself, was left behind at the end of The Terror Game after Sol and Egan went through the portal without him. He has made an effort to distance himself from his Preceptor terrorist lifestyle and is now living with his girlfriend, helping her put together a local magazine.
However, the police are looking for him in connection with the disappearance of the nightclub owner and caretaker after they were murdered by the Preceptors in the previous film. As if that's not bad enough, Egan and Sol are also looking for him and have somehow got jobs as detectives with the local police force.
David Troughton and John Wadmore are wonderfully vile in their roles and both play their parts exceptionally well. Colin Baker wasn't given much to do in this film, but he conveys the uncomfortable feeling of his character extremely well, a partially reformed terrorist who is keeping this terrible past a secret from his partner, who knows something is wrong and can't understand why he won't tell her. There are, however, a few lovely, very warm moments between the two as he is trying to settle in to the mundane way of everyday life on earth.
The scene that stood out for me was the fight near the end in the police cell where Egan went in to question Soloman. There wasn't a lot of action but there didn't need to be, and the direction of the whole scene worked really, really well. The tension between the two was intense and the way both Troughton and Baker portrayed how violent and thoroughly horrible their characters could be was extremely well acted. Caroline John was also very good as the Detective Inspector, taking no nonsense from Sol or Egan.
Overall this is a decent film, well worth watching with some top class performances, exactly what you would expect from Baker, Troughton, Wadmore and John.
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