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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 3/27/17 7:08 am
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A pretty underrated story in my opinion, a fun run around story with 4 and the Cybermen. Not the greatest Cyber story or even Doctor Who story but it is a fun way to finish season 12 after the grim gem the previous story was :P Only nitpicks I have are the Cybermen act to robotic as opposed to cold logic computers that were human, and some of the vogan stuff was a bit meh, otherwise a enjoyable watch and should not be overlooked :)
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/25/17 2:27 pm
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Not one of Troughton's best stories and certainly not Robert Holmes script, but it's still a pretty good story. The pacing is great for the era, the first episode in particular moved at a very solid clip. The principals really do hold this story together with Zoe and the Doctor getting some fine moments, and Jamie spending half the story on his own and doing his own thing.

The story illustrates Jamie's strength of character. He's not a "High Brain" and therefore irrelevant to the Krotons' schemes, but his own native intelligence carries far and makes him a foe.

The idea of the Krotons' scheme is actually both pretty clever and pretty stupid. On one hand, the idea of using learning machines to control a population and let them learn what's useful to and forbid them from learning anything else is a diabolical way to enslave a people for a thousand years. However, because the purpose of this is to get home, their scheme is a bit stupid because they need "High Brains" to operate their ship and get them home and from a natural selection standpoint, they're making it hard for that to happen. It's foolish but in a realistic way compared to real life dictators.

The design for the Krotons is not all that great and the limitations on their movements makes them less then fearsome foe. There are few wooden performances among the guest cast. Still, it's an enjoyable and well-paced sci fi story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/18/17 2:23 pm
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The Dominators is one of the weakest stories of the Patrick Troughton era. The costuming is ridiculous, some of the most absurd in Doctor Who history. Watching it with my wife, we kept bursting out laughing during the first episode every time we saw the costume. The acting, the writing, the native population, and the alien invaders are all what you’d expect from a B movie by Ed Wood.

Yet, it wasn’t that bad. There’s a certain, “so bad it’s good quality” to it, but there’s actually something quite good in the episode in the performance of Patrick Troughton and especially Frazier Hines. Jamie is a delight to watch in this as he gets to use his military skills to great effect and take a big commanding part in the story.

Overall, between the Doctor and Jamie, the Dominators is eminently watchable.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/10/17 1:27 am
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The Gunfighters has been an oft-maligned story for years. The premise is bizarre: Doctor Who as a Musical Western Comedy Drama with the events leading up to the Gun Fight at the OK Corral.

I was surprised to find it was very well-done. Well, there are a few dubious accents, most were as plausible as accents you'd see on American television at the time. The first two episodes were played more for comedy and there were very well done with some hilarious moments. The final episode in particular is more dramatic and despite being a bit over-the-top by today's standards, it'd stand up against most Westerns being made in America at the time.

While Steven has a couple off, this is one of William Hartnell's best performances as the Doctor. He's obviously enjoying the story which makes it even that more pleasurable to watch. Dodo is also far better than usual in this. The guest cast is also generally strong, with special plaudits going to Anthony Jacobs as Doc Holiday. He makes every scene he's in so much better.

For a soundstage Western, everything looks superb. The direction is great as all the key scenes look authentic. Most importantly, the gun fight is very well staged.

Even the maligned musical number works, as it gives the story some Western atmosphere. Of course, it's a bit of an ear worm and it's odd that there's only one song across all four episodes, a fact the series mocks at the start of Episode 2 in a very self-aware story.

Overall, one of my favorite of the historicals.

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