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Tom Baker, Lalla Ward & K-9 bring back memories
on 16 August 2012
For many, Tom Baker is the best of the Doctors, although David Tennant has probably taken that honour away from him. He had a wonderful style that mixed comedy and serious acting. In these stories we see the more serious, less comic side to his Doctor. Lalla Ward as Romana is seriously under-rated as a companion who is not just gorgeous (#1 requirement in the 1970s), but also as intelligent as the Doctor and able to hold her own with him as she shows in these adventures, without falling into the standard "woman in peril" stereotype that even Sarah Jane Smith got pushed into at times. K-9 is not appreciated by all Doctor Who fans, but I always loved his personality and Spock-like ability to take things far too literally at times; K-9 has some good lines and his blind logic has a wonderful ability to be both spot-on and totally irrelevant at different moments, in execatly the same way the Mr Spock was. Whereas the Doctor is unquestionably the master when treating with K-9, Romana has to impose herself on him and this leads to some excellent by-play between the two. These adventures brought us Adric and his joining the crew by accident, in the end replacing Romana. There are all the elements for some good, if probably not classic stories, with some well-loved characters. I had not seen these particular adventures, but did enjoy them.
Typical of Doctor Who in the '70s, some of the special effects struggle a bit when translated to a high-resolution format, but that does not detract from three interlinked adventures that show plenty of imagination and some clever twists and turns as well as the moral issues that the Doctor and his companions face at times. This was an excellent purchase.