Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 3/20/19 4:11 pm
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The Kamelion Empire is a subpar conclusion to the Kamelion tetralogy, with a strong script somewhat bolstering an entirely lackluster plot. Peter Davison stars as the Fifth Doctor, alongside Jon Culshaw as Kamelion, and guest star Christopher Naylor as Chaos. Davison gives a strong performance here, commanding the scenes with an uncharacteristic gravitas and charisma, compared to his more restrained, almost supporting role in other tales as the Doctor. Culshaw and guest star Naylor are the highlights though, delivering two exceptional performances. Culshaw is a treat as Kamelion throughout, infusing the emotionless robot with a lot of charm and depth, engendering sympathy with his performance, while Naylor delivers a memorable turn as the villain of the story. Jonathan Morris is tasked with concluding the Kamelion tetralogy, and creates a rather lackluster, recycled conclusion to the set. The plot of The Kamelion Empire is remarkably similar to the last three Kamelion stories; Kamelion is taken over by a strong force, and acts as the antagonist of the story before being saved by the Doctor and friends. The window dressing of the tale is different, but this basic plot is so tired and dull at this point, it begs the question of whether or not Kamelion can actually feature in any other type of story, or if his character is so limiting, this is the only basic plot they can go with. The actual meat of the plot is poorly balanced, as Morris shoves an entire story’s worth of exposition regarding Mekalion and the Kamille into an episode and a half, before glossing over this promising plot entirely, in favor or rather padded, boring speeches by the villain. The characters have some depth here, particularly Kamelion, and there’s some early promise in Tegan’s and Turlough’s misgivings about Kamelion, but it’s not enough to cover for the rather abysmal plot. Overall, The Kamelion Empire concludes the Kamelion tetralogy with a lackluster adventure, one that almost makes you happy that it ends with Kamelion neatly excised from the plot.