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This review is from: Doctor Who: The War Machines [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I'd have to say this is probably my favourite Hartnell story, with the possible exception of Dalek Invasion Of Earth. It's refreshing to see the first Doctor on contemporary (1966) Earth. Earthbound stories tend to work better in terms of achieving a more realistic look and this certainly does, featuring so heavily such familiar London sights as the Post Office tower, and a slightly different looking Covent Garden!
It is a genuinely chilling story in parts. The idea of being hypnotised by a strange noise at the other end of a telephone line seeming frighteningly possible in this day and age... Hartnell is a little distant at times, nearing the end of his time on the programme and the War Machines themselves are laughably unthreatening to look at, but the overall look of the story is highly realistic and entertaining. Great to finally see a complete Ben and Polly story as well. I think this might be the only one.
Definitely worth buying though. It'll restore your faith in Hartnell as the Doctor and it's great fun to watch the extras doing their psychedelic dancing in Club Inferno!