|Classic TV Series|
The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks' museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate them.
The chase begins on the desert planet Aridius and takes in a number of stopping-off points including the observation gallery of New York's Empire State Building, the 19th Century sailing ship Mary Celeste (the Daleks' appearance causing all the crew and passengers to jump overboard) and a spooky haunted house which, although the Doctor and his friends do not realise it, is actually a futuristic fun-fair attraction.
Eventually both time machines arrive on the jungle planet Mechanus, where the Daleks try to infiltrate and kill the Doctor's party using a robot double of him. The travellers are taken prisoner by the Mechonoids - a group of robots sent some fifty years earlier to prepare landing sites for human colonists who, in the event, never arrived - and meet Steven Taylor, a stranded astronaut who has been the Mechonoids' captive for the past two years.
The Daleks and the Mechonoids engage in a fierce battle which ultimately results in their mutual destruction, and the Doctor's party seize this opportunity to escape. The Doctor reluctantly helps Ian and Barbara to use the Daleks' time machine to return home.
The Doctor - William Hartnell Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill Ian Chesterton - William Russell Steven Taylor - Peter Purves Vicki - Maureen O'Brien Abraham Lincoln - Robert Marsden Albert C Richardson - Dennis Chinnery Bosun - Patrick Carter Cabin Steward - Jack Pitt Capt Benjamin Briggs - David Blake Kelly Count Dracula - Malcolm Rogers Dalek - Robert Jewell Dalek - Kevin Manser Dalek - John Scott Martin Dalek - Gerald Taylor Dalek Voice - Peter Hawkins Dalek Voice - David Graham
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
I want to like this more than I do. It's stuffed full with comedy (ish), horror (ish), high concepts (ish) and what - in context - must have been the best kind of episodic runarounds. But...ugh. I want more from Ian and Barbara's final days. Not sure what, exactly, (okay: all of it in modern earth, crazed schoolkids, forgiving headmaster...possibly a Hand of Omega) but more than contrivances that don't quite work or feel aimed at slow 7 year olds.
Horror fairground: B-
Hywel Bennett and pals: B
Purves 1: E
Doctor 2: pfff, really? I know TVs were smaller than my shoe in the '60s, but really??
Purves 2: A
The final battles are glorious, the Marie Celeste has a touch of the Pompadores about it, but everyone feels on panto mode.
Anyway, goodbye to Chubberton and Babs. Don't grow old, eh?
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
I'm suprised by how many negative reviews this story gets. I think it's got a mix of feelings in it, horror,adventure etc. A brilliant display of acting by all, and a classic Dalek chase is just what I need to brighten my day. I give it 8/10.