Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 11/6/15 3:06 pm
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Let's start at the beginning, Anzor, more Viking than Timelord. The man is an idiot who can't pilot his Tardis properly and despite his boorish behaviour the Timelords in their infinite wisdom have elected to have represent them in the affairs with other worlds. He pops in and out of the story to drag things down to pantomime level, and reduce the Doctor to a cowering wreck? I have no problem with the Doctor being scared, but from Anzor? How Philip Martin ever turned out something like Vengeance on Varos is beyond me.
Anzor's appearing and reappearing is a good example of how this feels like a number of short stories strung together. The Ice Warriors are sort of tacked on the end, you have the natives of the planet warring with their neighbours and then in the middle of it all is Sil who is easily the best thing about all this. I have to say there is some bizarre dialogue in this and the best is Sil's line: "The despised creature who owns every last woolly jumper on the planet!" Coupled with the Ice Warriors being equipped with equipment they can't grasp (supposed sonic but sounding more like flame throwers) it's part of what makes this utter B-Movie schlock. I never thought I would say this but it looks like we dodged a bullet with 'Mindwarp'.
The situation has arisen because of a war between planets. Why are they at war? What threat does the other pose? There is no back story, but the two incompetent bunglers that represent their neighbours are hardly a credulous threat to anything other than consciousness. The Ice Warriors on the other hand sound suitably menacing, although they are clearly for nostalgia value more than anything. The idea of altering the orbit of planets by letting nuclear bombs is just not possible (I won't bore you with the reasons why), but then there is the neighbouring planets inhabitants wanting to take the women of Magnus for their wives in a final scene that makes Prison in Space look tasteful.