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The Dominators

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/18/17 2:23 pm
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The Dominators is one of the weakest stories of the Patrick Troughton era. The costuming is ridiculous, some of the most absurd in Doctor Who history. Watching it with my wife, we kept bursting out laughing during the first episode every time we saw the costume. The acting, the writing, the native population, and the alien invaders are all what you’d expect from a B movie by Ed Wood.

Yet, it wasn’t that bad. There’s a certain, “so bad it’s good quality” to it, but there’s actually something quite good in the episode in the performance of Patrick Troughton and especially Frazier Hines. Jamie is a delight to watch in this as he gets to use his military skills to great effect and take a big commanding part in the story.

Overall, between the Doctor and Jamie, the Dominators is eminently watchable.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 4/4/16 3:44 pm
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There are three distinct groups in this. The Tardis crew as outsiders, not much different there. And then there are the Dominators and Quarks. An invasion force, er, I mean scout party of two plus some robotic henchmen. We also have the dull, blinkered and uninquisitive Dulcians. I can see where they get their name from.

First off, the two Dominators are contrasting in that one is the stereotypical hot-headed, bloodthirsty and single-minded one; then there is the rational one who has an accountant like concern for expending energy unnecessarily. Is this going to be possibly the most environmentally friendly invasion ever? Overall the Dominators are two-dimensional characters and the quarks are simply mindless henchmen. The Quarks is undermined by the Dominators whose threat is diminished by a lack of scale. There are only two of them for heaven's sake! No clever directing tricks to make a few seem like many: cue actor's circling around a camera as the film rolls. And the Dominators didn't even want to invade in the end, just blow up the planet.

And then there are the Dull-cians. They have lead easy and possibly opulent lives untroubled by many problems and unfettered by war. They stand around endlessly debating without ever having suffered oppression; saying that the rebels in 'The Space Museum' were oppressed but I was uninspired by that drippy lot too. We constantly hear how Cully isn't reliable and is a teller of tall tales but we get no real backstory and are simply told the minimum without being shown. Also, as we know Cully is telling the truth but the Dulcians don't it leads the viewer to think that the Dulcians are stubborn, unrelatable and unable to take on new information. Cully is the oldest teenage rebel ever, isn't he?

On the plus side, despite constant criticisms of the production values, I actually like the B-movie pulp fiction feel of it all. The sound effects are also quite imaginative and as I said at the beginning the regulars are as fine as ever. The plot is cohesive and coherent if a bit average, but all in all: It's OK. Nothing more.
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Reviewed By: AbortedFoetusReview Date: 1/11/16 4:30 am
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I don't think it's as bad as people say, I'm one of it's defenders, seriously part 1 was incredible for a set up, and although the rest don't really live up to part 1 at all, it's still okay, nothing great, not by a long shot. Troughton is great in this one and the interactions with his companions are really good. although the dominators themselves are kind of awful. I feel like the more I watch it the less I like it but it's not the worst story ever. Not a bad story. It's just average. I had more fun than I would've bargained for and the amount of crap this story this one gets probably made me think I'd be going into the worst story ever but it's really not. Zoe is pretty good in this one although I do like Victoria quite a bit and will miss her as her and Jamie felt like best friends to be honest, unlike Zoe and him right now. Also I felt like the doctor had a large connection towards victoria too and I was quite upset that she is no longer here, however I was warming to Zoe at this point. Jamie is still awesome and without a doubt the best companion.

So overall not a bad story, not worth the terrible reputation it's got.
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