Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 5/22/17 11:23 am
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Subdued would be a good work for this story. Mel is transported back to 1782 from a party in the 21st Century by a mysterious metal interacting with the TARDIS and finds herself in 1781 where she's judged to be mentally unstable. The Doctor doesn't show up for several months in which she's mostly confined to bed.
This story has problems which many have noted, mainly that the plot is thin as far as what we expect from Doctor Who. It's essentially a historical in two places but even when compared to the traditional historical, it has little going on. However, the acting is quite good and while there's not a plot, there are a couple of interesting themes I think it explores. The idea of selfishness and self-interest entering into what should be acts of concern and compassion for others, both with Henry Hallum's aide to Mel, and the Housekeeper MacGregor's attempts to warn Henry off of Mel. In addition, there's something interesting that Mel spent six months as a drugged up prisoner, not as a subject of an evil alien race, but as the recipient of 18th century charity and hospitality.
So, while this isn't a favorite, there's something to be enjoyed, if you like something slower paced and less action packed, but with a bit of emotional reflection.