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Interesting how there are no written reviews on this site, so I might as well start? "This is just where I came in..." :)
As a child, my rating for this was a 10/10, with much crying. My dad never did understand why I thought my childhood was ruined when Tom Baker "died", and turned into this sarcastic, grinning twat at the end of Logopolis. Really, was that smile mid-regeneration really necessary for this historic moment back in the 80's??? Lucky for us, karma came back and bit Peter Davison in HIS final regeneration scene as he got upstaged by Nicola Bryant's "BAZOOMS" in the last ep of The Caves of Androzani. That's what you get for messing with Baker's final scene.
As an adult, I see this through a more mature lens, and with it's plot holes, I have to give it about a high 6, low 7, on the spectrum. The only reason why I gave it that high a rating was because of the awesome moment where Baker and The Master shake hands at the end of one of the eps( can't remember which one...). Baker's acting ability sold me on that scene. "I've never chosen my companions...!!!...Battle Stations!!"... Great scene.
Other than waiting for Ace Ventura 3 with Jim Carrey to come out, I would REALLY like a final, definitive explanation of "The Watcher" in this story arc, before I die. Moffat, if you're listening, please fulfill my wish and somehow tie something from the current series to tie into this explanation. It's high time this was actually solved and resolved. Or maybe I missed something that was explained in the Big Finish audiobooks? I dunno.
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I have to agree with templetongate, what more can be said about this episode? Having watched all televised eps of Doctor Who, I can honestly say that this story arc is not only THE best regeneration story, but THE best Davison story. Could I also say that this could be one of THE best Doctor Who story arcs EVER?
You want one of the best Doctor Who cliffhangers of all time that will give you goosebumps every time you watch? Watch this story arc through and pay attention to the cliffhanger at the end of episode three. Amazing.
...this serial is also known for Peri's boobs (breastesses...) out-staging Davison's "serious" regeneration scene at the end of ep 4.
If you've listened to the commentary on the DVD...you'll understand me when I say the word, "Bazooms". :)
Great characters, with another drug story subtext, along with some great acting by a masked Sharaz Jek (Christopher Gable), and the ridiculous fourth wall breaking by Trau Morgus (John Normington), makes for a fun watch.
Kudos to Robert Holmes for letting Davison end his run on a high note. A REALLY high note. It probably out-topped Baker's final story of Logopolis? (Oh my, sacrilegious!!!) Hey, I'm a HUGE Baker fan, but I know a good regen story when I see it.
Davison wins this one, hands down.
This one is a MUST watch, if you are an old Who fan, or someone wanting to educate themselves on where the show came from.
Oh, and then we get shite Colin Baker's character beginning run. Not his fault really, as if you understand history, the BBC were trying to bury the show and Colin Baker. Eventually they were successful and got the show cancelled after McCoy's somewhat enigmatic run. So much for the Cartel Masterplan...
GET the DVD and listen to the commentary from the actors....BLOODY hilarious, especially at the end of Ep 4 in the regeneration scene...when Davison's wit really made me split a gut laughing, during his serious regeneration.
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The War Games: Televised 19TH APRIL 1969 - 21ST JUNE 1969 (10 EPISODES)
TEN episodes....ten FREAKING episodes. And yes, the doctor"whore"views (HA!) was correct. What a bloody marathon.
This was the final story of the Patrick Troughton era's command of the character, and it ends on a very interesting note, as regeneration stories go.
I don't like to talk about spoilers for the episode, but for those of us that lived through the "older times" and actually were around when these shows were televised, one has to admire the Time Lords in this ep, as well as the Doctor being put on trial in the end (does that "Trial" motif sound familiar, Number Six?). There's a lot of running around in this episode (well, ok, many eps over the series were about running around), so fast forward those parts and watch the interesting history bits unfold.
If memory serves me correct, this was the first regeneration to not be seen on camera, as Troughton's body is spun around at the end of the episode, and then in the next episode, with the NEW Doctor Jon Pertwee, we just see him fall out of the TARDIS after his exile by the Time Lords, in the previous episode.
A great send off to Patrick Troughton, and his reaction at the end of Part 10 really captures his personality that made HIS Doctor such an interesting take on the character (what with the episodes that we could actually watch, or listen to).
Sadly, many of Trougton's episodes have been lost, and barring a miracle, may never see the light of day. Which is a shame as it takes away from the enjoyment of his character.
This story arc is worth watching just for nostalgia....and the writing's not bad either.