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Oh down memory lane
on 8 November 2003
I was given TCFTP by a colleague after we got talking about the old Dr Whos. And did it live up to my memories all those years ago??
Yes and no.
What sweeps the Who adventures along is the story adn for the first two episodes this is fabulous. I love the idea of human sacrifice to a monster at the bottom of a hole. And the whole ceremony and living in fear of being thrown to this monster is wonderfully exotic and alien. But as the story progresses it loses menace, and by the end we are back in space with another complicated climax. It starts wonderfully, but loses it in the last episode.
Best things: Lady Adrasta
The murderous Karela
Creeping around the pit scared of the monster
Tom Baker and Lalla Ward
Worstbits: The special effects of the monster (at one point itlooks like the Dr is savaged by a large green blanket)
The bandits (who were terrible jewish miser stereotypes)
Overall: I enjoyed it, and despite rubbish special effects it has brought back my love for the genre. I've started collecting again..