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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Ark [DVD]  (DVD)
Now I have to admit that I'm not normally a fan of the very early Doctor Who serials; from The Zarbi's vaseline on the camera lens, to The Sensorites' general dullness, they just leave me cold; despite having read and really enjoyed the Target novelisations as a boy - I've always thought that they worked much better in my head! However, having said that, The Time Meddler is a superbly realised story that stands up well today, whilst the serial that started it all back in '63: 'An Unearthly Child', has also dated remarkably well. This story I would say falls somewhere between the two for me; I actually really like The Monoids and their transformation from servile 'Ood-like' beings to haughty overseers is a particularly effective and well-handled one. The story though has very little to it, and the pace is far too conservative. Added to this, Dodo and Stephen make a limp pair of companions, with the former's dodgy Northern accent especially jarring. Finally, the DVD extras are unremarkable, and the whole package feels satisfactory rather than anything special.