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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 4/25/17 5:32 am
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Been a long time since originally seeing this story, and it wasn't as great as I remembered, an enjoyable watch in parts, but the one thing that stood out this viewing was the phenomenal direction by David Maloney. There's a few quite creepy and atmospheric scenes in the first two episodes and then towards the end. Some effects look a little cheap for the time, especially after Zygons and Android Invasion in the same season, that it does take away from the story slightly. I think with this story, it just lacks a big threat, its just a force keeping the ship on the surface of Zeta Minor, nothing that embodies the "Planet of Evil" that the story is named after. All in all, an enjoyable watch in places but probably the weakest of Season 13.
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Reviewed By: nukirisameReview Date: 4/23/17 11:01 am
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Spearhead from Space is one of the most refreshing Doctor Who stories there is. It thrusts you right into the Pertwee era - new Doctor, in colour, on Earth. Jon Pertwee can’t take to the role immediately like Troughton, as he has to deal with post-regenerative trauma (for the first time in the series), but as soon as he’s able he completely steals the show. The plot is simple but very effective, a wonderful alien invasion story with some great concepts (killer mannequins!), fun characters, and a brisk pace. There’s really not much to say, it’s just great, and it serving as such a fabulous entrance for Pertwee pushes it into classic territory.

9.5/10, rounded up.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/15/17 4:38 pm
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The story sees the return of the Ice Warriors. This time, they're planning an invasion of an Earth that's become entirely depended on a system known as T-mat to transport people and things around and abandoned the idea of using actual rockets.

The Ice Warriors are a good villain even though they're slow moving and a bit blind. The idea for the set up is believable: If you had something like T-Mat, it would make all others of long distance transportation obsolete and believably so. Yet, the story's a cautionary tale about the dangers of becoming dependent on one technology and failing to maintain appropriate back ups.

This story also features some of the more solid moments of women in science in the classic series with both Ms. Kelly and Zoe. The Doctor has some great moments and really does show his cleverness. The story's weakness is that it's a bit padded and it can overplay the comedy bits, particularly in the Part 5 cliffhanger. Still, this is a solid and enjoyable outing.
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Reviewed By: DalekbusterScreen5ReviewsReview Date: 4/10/17 5:30 pm
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Doctor Who - The Movie is a curious part of Doctor Who history. Intended to launch a new TV series produced by the BBC, Fox and Universal, instead due to poor viewing figures in America it has become something of a missing link between the classic and new series. So what was at fault?

Well, it feels like it was a mistake to include Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor at the beginning of the movie. This would no doubt have been confusing for new viewers who didn't previously follow the series; the TV movie did, after all, air seven years after the last episode of the classic series. The mistake was later corrected when Russell T Davies brought the show back in 2005, when he opted to start without a regeneration.

It's a shame that executive producer Paul Segal made the decision to include Sylvester McCoy although it's understandable. He is a Whovian after all, so the temptation to include a regeneration sequence was likely too much to resist. Overall, he did make a great movie though with an engaging plot and great actors.

The plot of the Master trying to steal the Doctor's remaining regenerations and nearly causing the end of the world by opening the Eye of Harmony is a good one that feels largely in character for the Master. Paul McGann and Daphne Ashbrook are fantastic as the Doctor and Grace Holloway too; so believable in their roles that many wish to see them reunited in the form of a Big Finish audio. I don't even mind the idea that the Doctor is half human on his mother's side; it makes sense given his fascination with Earth. My only real complaint besides what probably didn't work for new viewers is at times the Master appears more Count Dracula than the Master himself; this is largely down to Eric Roberts' performance, who seems too theatrical and hams it up a little.

Overall, the Doctor Who TV Movie is a great film that should have been successful but is let down by a couple of poor decisions like bringing Sylvester McCoy back as the 7th Doctor for a regeneration scene and Eric Roberts playing the Master too much like Dracula.

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