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The Moonbase

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Reviewed By: adpirtleReview Date: 4/22/19 12:27 pm
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The directive writer Kit Pedler was apparently given for The Moonbase was to write a Cybermen story like The Tenth Planet, only on the moon. That's pretty much exactly what Pedler delivered, which makes The Moonbase feel a bit like a retread of that earlier classic, only with less intelligible baddies and a base captain who's merely exasperated instead of unhinged. But if it isn't as good as its predecessor, it's still not bad at all. The Second Doctor is at his charming best, as are Ben and Polly, though Jamie largely ends up getting sidelined in his second story.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 4/19/19 6:41 am
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I feel that this is a bit of a rehash of the tenth planet in some areas yet I find my self enjoying it still. The cybermen maintain threat factor and in some regards I find the Troughton era ones creepiest ( a fair few would choose the first variant as scariest) which helps a lot with my enjoyment of this fairly basic doctor who story. Still there’s a lot to like... I’d pit this to the absolute average of the 2nd doctor stories but hey it’s just a good romp!

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/24/18 12:53 am
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This 4 part story sees the return, in a modified form, of the Cybermen which is welcome and successful. This time they are attacking a weather control station on the Moon in the year 2070. I am in the minority who preferred their original voices to the ones they have here but other than that they are improved upon. They maintain their appeal and unfeeling, chilling character but are a bit more sleek and high tech. Their plans, and therefore the plot, are similar to the first Cyberman story in many ways and whilst not quite matching that brilliant first Cyberman story it is generally great entertainment.

A few less successful ideas and imperfections occur but it is very very good despite that. There is great suspense and some superb scenes of dialogue and action.

The regular cast are on good form and this story helps to cement the Cybermen as one of Doctor Who's most iconic 'monsters'.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 9.5/10, Episode 3 - 10/10, Episodes 2 & 4 - 9/10

Overall: 9.38
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/21/16 11:04 pm
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The second and much improved Cybermen story and a good look at the "Base Under Siege" format that would dominate much of the Troughton era. The Cybermen attack scenes are very effectively done, particularly the combination of action and music, gives the story a very stylistic feel. While there are some scientific inaccuracies, there are also some bows to real science such as the reason why they can't use a spritzer bottle in the vacuum of space.

All the companions get moments to shine with Polly being key in Episode 3, and Jamie providing plenty of comic relief. Yet, Patrick Troughton continues to impress as the Second Doctor, who constantly allows himself to underrated before showing his genius when it matters most. The Doctor even has a great short speech in Episode 2 that explains a lot of his philosophy of why he constantly ends up fighting evil.

Overall, a great Classic Doctor Who story.