Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review 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.