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Reviewed By: dalekman1234Review Date: 2/14/18 3:11 am
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People don’t like this episode for a lot of reasons - chief among them being because of how weak the daleks are. And while I understand that criticism, I feel that stripping the power away from Doctor Who’s most powerful villains is an interesting take. Placing them as merely one element in the story as opposed to the main antagonist is both brilliant and refreshing. Plus, the ending is oddly powerful as both we and the Doctor marvel solemnly as the city crumbles to the ground.
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Reviewed By: dalekman1234Review Date: 6/22/17 7:06 pm
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Ambassadors of Death has the unfortunate experience of being the really weak story sandwhiched in the otherwise terrific season 7. All the other stories range from very good (Spearhead) to really fantastic (Silurians.) Its a damn shame too, because this story isn’t dreadful by any means, it just suffers heavily from some very clear last minute rewrites that do nothing but muddle the whole affair. The beginning of the story is very strong, but it continues to add new elements that never go anywhere, and the ending just sort of… stops. The motivations are either contrived, predictable, or nonexistent, and the plot fails to give our main characters anything meaningful to do. But hey, the aliens are actually quite well realized.
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Reviewed By: dalekman1234Review Date: 6/21/17 8:50 pm
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To me, this episode is the hidden gem in the (so far) disappointing series 10. Our TARDIS team travels to Scotland - where else - to settle a bet regarding the lost 9th Roman Legion. They quickly get caught up in the conflict between the young survivors and a new alien menace that feeds off of light.... apparently killing people? Whatever, this is Doctor Who.

Rona Murno is the first Doctor Who writer to write for both sections of the series - and what a hell of a job she does. Survival is another forgotten gem in the classic series, and I worry that this episode will be remembered the same way. Murno does an expert job at creating compelling characters and a tight plot, that isn't overblown with action - yet never feels tedious or stale. Everyone has the proverbial "job to do" and each piece does it magnificently.

If there is a weak spot - and there is - its the monster. The editors do a good job of not showing the monster too much (probably aware of how horrible the CGI is) and as a result, the action feels relatively suspenseful. However, the alien itself and its powerset is uninspired, and the audience never really feels genuine fear of the creature.

That being said, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I hope the fan base recognizes this and gives this episode the credit it deserves - in the hopes that Murno will return to write more for the new series. If this is what she can after a 20ish year break from Doctor Who, I am thoroughly interested to see where she goes from here.
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Reviewed By: dalekman1234Review Date: 6/1/17 11:26 pm
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To me, this is Doctor Who at its best. Its weird. Its wonderful. Its scary. Its thought-provoking. Its intense. Its visually captivating. It’s a beautiful blend of genres: the “alien invasion” and the “temple exploration” movie. Troughton is amazing to watch as the Doctor and delivers some simply iconic lines in this episode. The Cybermen are scary and exemplify just what makes them some of the best monsters Doctor Who has ever had. Absolutely terrifying and captivating at the same time, and completely rewatchable.

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