Reviewed By: traves8853
Review 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.