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Keeping an Eye on the Doctor.
on 17 April 2016
Could have been so much better.
Several great concepts here: the earth being destroyed and its inhabitants seeking a new home, the consequences of introducing disease to a non -resistant group of people, racism and oppression and a proper use of time travel, but unfortunately the acting and the monsters, as well as some of the design and effects leave a lot to be desired. Dodo is dreadful, so are the Monoids and although the idea of Humans seeking a new home is a good one it doesn't fit with the history of Doctor Who. We already know by this time in the third season that humanity has colonies and the British have been sending people to other planets! So why the necessity for a seven hundred year journey to an unknown world?
But I love that for the first time we see a negative effect of the Doctor's voyages, the consequences of his random travelling and we are left wondering if this has happened before.
The extras on here are okay, the commentary could have done with one more person, but Peter Purves and Michael Imison do well enough and Toby Hadoke is always entertaining. The H.G. Wells feature doesn't go far enough in examining Wells' influence on Doctor Who or indeed mentioning the times his books have been seen in the program, the One Hit Wonder monster documentary also goes nowhere and both seem to be cheap and quick, half thought out fillers though i do like the feature on Riverside Studios, short as it is.
But hurrah for the real animals in the first episode and in among the dodgy actors, a first appearance for the mighty Michael Sheard and the first of many contributions from the prolific Roy Skelton who provides the voices of the Monoids in the last two episodes.
Oh, it could have been so much better with a little more time and money.