The final Battle,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Battlefield [VHS] (VHS Tape)
It's interesting to read the differing opinions here but I have to say that a lot of reviewers seem to be missing the point. As a lifelong Doctor Who fan I can understand other fans becoming frustrated through seeing 'our show' lose its way and gain some of the pantomime aspects that plagued its later years. However, the programme has always (in its classic years anyway) had an extremely limited budget and relied instead upon wit, imagination and great characters. While Battlefield can sometimes seem to be an incoherent mess with gratuitous SFX and hammy performances, it is still good colourful escapism and contains flashes of greatness. Jean Marsh's accomplished turn as the witch queen Morgaine, Nick Courtney reprising his role as the Brigadier with style and panache, and the awesome Destroyer, are the highlights here, whilst McCoy's constant bellowing of 'Aaaaaace!' and the confusing and ill-conceived relationship between Brigadier Bambera and the knight Ancelyn, are the low-points.
All this aside, I enjoyed the video version as much as I'd enjoyed the original transmission in 1989 as a callow 16 year old; the action rarely lets up, there are some typical Doctor Who moments (the UNIT soldier being turned to dust by Morgaine) and it has a cosy and familiar feel for the nostalgists amongst us. As for 'that' maniacal laughter; since when was Doctor Who not hammy and over the top? Embrace our show for what it is, warts and all.