Reviewed By: Doctorhey
Review Date: 5/6/19 10:38 am
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The Space Pirates is the final serial to contain a missing episode in Doctor Who, and one of only two serials in Season 6 to contain missing episodes. Unfortunately, this episode doesn't have the best audio soundtrack as it was not made by Graham Strong, nor does it have Tele-Snaps as it was made after John Cura passes away. This already makes it a bit of a drag to get through, but reconstructions always do the best they can.
The main problem with this story is that it's very rushed as Robert Holmes wrote this quickly after the Krotons, and Terrance Dicks was too busy writing the excellent War Games. The War Games' ambition also caused some of the budget to be taken out of this production to be syphoned off to that story. Even the main three actors had to pre-record all their episode 6 scenes to do the extensive location work for the War Games.
Even after all of this, the story just isn't good. This could have been a space opera on the scale of Frontier in Space, but it just ends up bland and forgettable with barely any substance to get your teeth on. Nothing much happens, and a lot of the acting isn't good.
There are a few (and I mean a few) good things about this story though. As always the main three are amazing, and Wendy Padbury is particularly good in this serial surprisingly. Milo Clancy is also quite funny at times (but at other times quite cringy). Episode 2 also gives us a fun scenario to see and the music is very grand and quite good.
Apart from this, this serial is not good at all. If your determined to watch every episode, go for it. If not, avoid this episode and move onto The War Games or just another better serial.