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The Macra Terror

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Average Rating
7.7
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/24/18 11:33 am
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This 4 part 'futuristic' story is set in an apparently idyllic world which has dark secrets underlying the society. It is not a very impressive serial but is stronger in episodes 2 and 3 when ideas of a 'Big Brother is watching you' type society and political underlying themes bring the story to a fairly solid peak. The Macra creatures, often referred to as 'giant crabs' due to their claws and crustacean like forms are quite an unusual and interesting idea too, though obviously the low budget and age of this story limit their realisation on screen.

Parts 1 and 4 are not up to the standard of the middle episodes having less interesting plot development and more cheesy moments such as the opening of episode 1 with the ultra cheesy musical number which I found very irritating (in fact the music throughout is cheesy and poor quality). To be fair I think it was meant to be, as it represents the unthinking, unquestioning happiness of brainwashed people. These parts are still OK in some ways but are not as well executed and do not have the interesting ideas.

Overall a sometimes entertaining but unexceptional adventure with some interesting elements and some overly cheesy parts.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 6.5/10, Episode 2 - 8/10, Episode 3 - 7.5/10, Episode 4 - 7/10

Overall: 7.25/10
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/27/16 6:46 am
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A very good look at a happy dystopia. It's cleverly written and generally has more subtlelty than some future stories that would revisit the same idea. The story does a superb job establishing the unnatural cheerfulness of this colony world. At the same time, the planet brings out the Second Doctor's more anarchic leanings while also being the first story that really gave Jamie a chance to take a big piece of the action. It was a very good story that worked perfectly as a four parter.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 12/30/14 3:09 am
0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Great story and acting but considering it is missing, most reconstructions aren't very good.