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on 17 June 2018
This may not be the greatest story but is still a good watch and gets unfairly criticized by some people, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe land the Tardis on the planet Dulkis and encounter a peaceful race called the Dulcians who are unwillingly to fight when they are enslaved by a race of aliens called Dominators and there slave robots called Quarks and it's up to the Tardis crew to help them out.

For those of a certain generation who grew up with playschool and camberwick green a certain Mr Brian Cant makes an appearance and just hearing his voice takes you back to being a kid.

There is commentary for all five episodes a documentary on making the show with cast, crew and the writer of the story plus a tomorrows times news clippings about the 2nd doctor with Caroline John acting as a newsreader.
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on 1 June 2018
A good classic episode. The Dominators are convincing in their menace but the Quarks the are quite the opposite. Their voices are unintelligible and too childlike for killing machines.
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on 12 August 2017
Okay, so it may not be the best example of 60's Who, but it still entertains for the length of the story. The special features are the real gems here, though.
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on 12 April 2016
My son loves this.
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on 7 January 2015
A classic
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 July 2010
Patrick Troughton has long been one of my favourite Doctors, second only to Jon Pertwee. It is therefore with great anticipation that I look forward to a release of one of his all too rare surviving serials. Therefore I must admit to being a bit biased before reviewing this release.

It's a pretty good story. A planet of peace loving people is invaded by the ruthless Dominators, and their henchmen, the Quarks. The Doctor must help stop the invasion, but is hampered by the unwillingness of the natives to either believe his story of imminent invasion, and later, their inability to act and deny all their principles.

This is a story that works on several levels. It is an entertaining adventure, with lots of scrapes, cliff hangers, dastardly aliens with evil schemes. Doctor Who is always at its best when there is a juicy moral dilemma, and there is a great big one here. Just how do you save a people that do not want to be saved? Along with a decent performance from Troughton, Frasier Hines as Jamie and Wendy Padbury as Zoe this is a story with a lot to offer.

It's not all rosy and good. This was a troubled production, where the original script was butchered and changed so much that the writers took their names off it. This shows, especially in the final episode where the interesting original set up falls into a rather rushed ending. There were some very silly looking costume for the male Dulcians, though the female costumes were pretty good, especially on Wendy Padbury! The whole thing was done on the cheap, even by Doctor Who's standards, and this does show up in some of the sets. Finally there are the Quarks. Designed as a replacement for the Daleks, they are quite laughable boxes on legs with funny arms. Although the special effects the first time they kill someone are genuinely good and very disturbing.

This release from 2 Entertain is up to the usual standards. The picture and sound have been nicely restored and it looks pretty good. There is an interesting information text, with many fascinating notes, including the fact that it was cheaper to hire two people to play motionless mannequins than it was to hire two real mannequins! There is an interesting short film where Caroline John discusses the remarks made by TV critics in the newspapers about the Second Doctor. There are the usual stills, commentary and advert for the next release.

In summary, a good basic story, with some flaws toward the end and some dodgy production values, in a decent DVD release. Four stars.
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on 31 July 2011
As other reviewers have said, this is not a 'classic' adventure but any survival from the Troughton days is a gem by definition....and this one is fun in its own humble little way. The Quarks are cute and they blow to bits very nicely. Troughton is in fine 'dotty uncle' mode.

The Dulcians live up to the first half of their name - unfortunately. The Dominators are more entertaining since they spend most of their time shouting at each other. Poor old Probationer Toba seems to be right most of the time. He wanted to shoot everyone on the planet as soon as they landed (which would have been a mercy, at least, for intergalactic fashion sense). But he was always getting told off by his boss. As each Quark gets knocked off, poor old Toba has to grit his teeth and pretend it hasn't happened. Am I the only one who felt a bit sorry for him? Probably.

There's an endearing touch of 'Play School' about the costumes, acting and plot in this story. This is underlined by the presence of the great Brian Cant, who gives a rather tactless speech about universal love and harmony until the poor Dominators can't take it anymore and throw him through......the round window.
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on 19 December 2014
Another fun romp from Troughton's last season as the Doctor. The story is engaging if sometimes less than dramatic, but the costume choices are fun and the robots, whilst not exactly terrifying from a modern perspective, are dramatic enough. It has aged, but not too badly, and is well worth a watch
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on 2 September 2013
Although this is not a classic from Patrick Troughtons reign as the timelord it's certainly far better than some. Nice gift for a die hard whovian.
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on 23 December 2010
The Dominators is a interesting start to the final season of the 2nd Doctor, as well as the end of the B&W era. It shows the on going dispute between the different cultures of the time. Its not a bad story, but not a great onbe either. The behind the scenes material works out much better than the story itself does.
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