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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 8/25/16 7:57 am
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I was reading the In-Vision for this recently and the technical explanation for the chromakey being blurry and patchy was interesting, to me at least. 2" VT had an industry limit of 5 generations and the amount of layering for an individual scene could be as many as 14 generations. A nice reflection of the state the Minyans found themselves in with their genetic fatigue. The technical audacity for such a large amount of CSO on an unprecedented scale should not go without recognition. Unfortunately, having financial limitations drive production decisions on such a scale means that this is as interesting as an accountant's spreadsheet.

Several interesting ideas just get dropped. The unnecessary insertion of Time Lord references and technology and the pacifier device, for instance. The effect the latter has on Leela is interesting. Is her sulky attitude a hangover of the effects wearing off or does she genuinely feel she has been made to look a bit of a fool? The two characters with robotic heads have always confused me. I thought because this was so deathly dull that I had simply had a lapse of concentration every time I have ever watched this! Still wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.

The characters are cardboard cut-outs (which puts them on a level just above the CSO caves, in my opinion). The characterisation is awful and it's badly written. I have never been a fan of Bob and Dave's style but this is unusually lacklustre somehow. The flat packed characters leave no real room for a psychoanalytical analysis. I mean, Herrick clearly represents the ID, Jackson the Ego and Orfe the superego, but so what? They just don't do anything. I suppose it does espouse Marxist ideals in a way. Proles rising up against their oppressors, or something....

No - I am sorry - try as hard as I can to see the bright side this is terrible on every level. The CSO limited the visual palette the could be used removing bright colours and shades of colours. But the costumes are awful anyway as the headgear reduces people to disembodied voices. The mad computer is another example of this and it deprives the viewer of a certain connection to the onscreen events.

I'll stop now... but I could go on...and on....

Actually, there was one positive thing I meant to say but completely forgot. I do like the switcharoo resolution. It shows the Doctor using his guile to outwit his opponents in a really cheeky way. Especially when he tries to tell them they are in fact the grenades just as they take them off him thinking that they are the race banks. But apart from that this is mostly awful. Apart from the spaceship sets. I like them too, of course.
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 8/21/16 12:32 pm
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What a real shame that this stinker was to be Terry Nation's last script for Who. Hot (well, given the years before...) off Genesis, Destiny represents one of the greatest steps backwards in Doctor Who history.

A superb conceptual checklist of logical impasses manifesting in intergalatic stalemate; subterranean unearthing of Davros and adversaries fit for the Daleks are all hampered by a lack lustre script with no clear focus. Plodding along we're introduced to the monumentally dull Movellans, who despite billing, are easily overpowered by a ragtag bunch of emaciated dalek slave workers.

But this is small fry in the inconsistency landmine. Canonically, Romana's regeneration is a bizarre choice, but through script rummaging ("try" used by the Doctor) and wishy thinking - it's no issue. Likewise is the 'other race of robots' issue. The script occassionally forgetting whether daleks are mutants, robots or something between (often DURING episodes!) is too, passable.

The big issue isn't canonical inconsistency, but thematic and tonal inconsistency. Davros is wheeled about to zany jingles; Daleks bark orders repeatedly and pathetically reiterate their punishments before counting down from five, a-la substitute high school teacher. Romana post-regeneration screams for simply falling off a ledge, far worse than anything handed to Mary in the Key to Time, in episode four however, Romana tackles Movellans with gusto! Her morbid illusion to escape the Dalek mines is so poorly handled as to be devoid of dramatic weight or explanation, as to make me believe up to episode four that she had been made into a Dalek robot duplicate off screen. The greatest bodge being the Doctor laughingly chuck a Dalek mutant into the dirt - 'has he the right' my backside!

Daleks look cheap, to an extent where the effects hamper the episode. Davros' prosthetics aren't updated for a change in actor and throughout the Doctor ridicules these inept Daleks. The Chase had an excuse - after 16 years, Destiny doesn't. With a toss of the Doctors' hat, a-la Hand of Fear this regrettable regress is over and finished. Since Davros' timeline is vital for future episodes, I'd recommend just reading the Target novelisation and youtubing some admittedly stellar Dalek explosions.
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 8/20/16 2:10 pm
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A fine example of an average good Doctor Who story. Little here to question the nature of mans relationship to any number of high Sci-Fi concepts - but rather really dependable fizzling characters; funny quirks and an enthralling pastiche. Larger than life performances all round, bringing out the best in Tom. All in all fun stuff.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/10/16 10:06 pm
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Even with Episode 3 still missing, this is a tremendous story and one of the strongest of the Troughton era. The story finds the Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria arriving in the London underground, which is being terrorized by the Yeti and the Great Intelligence.

The story is noteworthy for featuring the first appearance of Nicholas Courtney as the Lethbridge-Stewart (here as a Colonel), which would be enough to make it a must-see, but it's a very well-acted story overall, that's chock full of mystery and intrigue, particularly over who is being controlled by the Great Intelligence, a question that is only answered in the final moments of the story. The directing is superb leading to many great atmospheric moments.

The entire cast is superb with Frasier Hines turning in one of his best performances as Jamie, showing a take charge attitude and a willingness to even challenge Lethbridge-Stewart. He even overrides the Doctor's plan with his own.

From start to finish, this is a great story that we're blessed to have (mostly) back.

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