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A Cow Town called Malus.
on 17 April 2016
Box set of two of the stories that few people actually want and have very little in common other than being loosely 'historical' and designed by the wonderful Barry Newbery.
The Gunfighters is not nearly as bad as it is often made out to be, it's rather fun and very amusing in places (intentionally and not so intentionally) .
The history is almost totally wrong which is disappointing for the Hartnell historicals and the Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon is quite original and fitting at the start, but is overdone and becomes irritating and intrusive by the final two episodes. You know, all in all I rather like the performances and most of the accents and enjoyed the show much more than i though i would.
The commentary and extras are also interesting and worthwhile.
Unfortunately, I rather dislike The Awakening, a poor substitute for The Daemons , with a silly and only half explained plot, some arch performances and nothing much to commend it other than a quite nice monster in the Malus both in the wall and in the Tardis, though the compulsory green slime is a bit unnecessary. All a bit trivial, really and the ending feels rushed with the nastiest character being quickly forgiven and welcomed back into the community.
Again the extras are pretty good and the commentary too, though sadly, this is the only Davison story that Peter doesn't provide commentary on and Mark Strickson is also missing (as Turlough is from the plot, as usual) and Janet Fielding is only on the making of bits.I love the Malus prop today bit and although the Golden Egg Award is pretty funny best of all is the cut scene which features the even more missing in action than Turlough companon, Kamelion. Nice to see the unworkable robot once more.
A moderate DVD, for completists only.