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4.3 - The Prisoner of Peladon

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/11/15 6:57 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Like its predecessors, The Prisoner of Peladon has a great medieval, gothic atmosphere to it and once again David Troughton takes up the role of King Peladon, as he tells his baby daughter a bedtime story. It's easy to forget there are only two actors in this production; Nick Briggs voices the Ice Warriors leaving David to voice the agitated Alpha-Centauri and while David doesn't sound all that much like the Doctor he doesn't sound too far out either.

Ice Warriors have landed on Peladon seeking political refuge which has roused discontent among the local population, which leads to a murder and soon events begin to escalate. The story itself is solid but not spectacular, an affable and unchallenging murder mystery stuffed with all the trappings of a Peladon story, sans Aggedor. The identity of the killer isn't all that surprising in such a small cast that includes the Doctor, but what makes this interesting is the detailing of the motivations of the killer after they are caught, coupled with the King's reaction to being excluded from the Doctor's plans. It starts off slow but gathers momentum in the second half, and it's nice they can still do something a little different with the familiar.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/13/15 4:12 am
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This is a easy story, but that does not make it a bad release. In fact sometimes simple is the better, and in this we have the wonderful David Troughton, and that for me is always a plus. His acting is superb, a credit to his father, of whom was the 2nd Doctor. The story tells the story of treachery, tinged with good intent. I like the use of Peladon kingdom with the Ice Warriror as refugees from a coup d'état where the old rulers of Mars are deposed at the expense of the military. Peladon opens it's door as a refuge planet for these homeless souls, only, to find at the end that amongst the midst of them are the family members of the rulers of Mars, for which the revolutionaries will stop at nothing to over thrown, even, to create a war between the existing Martians and the people from Peladon (Peladonians). Told in Troughton wonderful brogue voice with some good vocal gymnastics when he portrays the hexapod character, this is a classic Doctor Who adventure story, and one that is a perfect way to unwind and kick back at the end of a stressful day. Well recommended.
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Reviewed By: SLRibsReview Date: 6/5/11 5:33 am
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Just very fun and well placed in the mythos of Peladon, which is among my favorite TV stories (well, the first one, anyway).
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Reviewed By: Timelord63Review Date: 1/5/11 12:46 pm
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Pretty good stuff but I took a while to settle in with this one, I felt episode 2 a much stronger script than episode 1. It's a good production, although not my favourite music score (I have enjoyed Toby Hrycec-Robinson's scores elsewhere, just not so much this one).

David Troughton and Nick Briggs are both great in their roles, Nick delivering a good range of Ice Warriors*, David easily recreating his own Peladon role and also a well-observed Third Doctor which had me forgetting it wasn't Pertwee's voice a good couple of times (echoing the quieter, reflective delivery of a more thoughtful Pertwee - for me, easily the best and closest CC performance of the 3rd Doctor). And also giving a pretty good Alpha Centauri, utterly bizarre and in both senses, hysterical; the character to a tee!

*unintentionally now imagining a variety of ice cream flavours; vanilla guard, strawberry ice lord... :)
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