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The Dominators

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 1/9/19 3:07 am
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The Dominators is a truly mediocre affair all around. In an era of goofy looking robots the Quarks manage to stand out as one of the dumbest designs to hit the screen, not even fun in a campy way. They at least sound pretty cool, almost rivaling the Mechanoids for best sounding but laughably useless looking. The Dominators themselves are 2 dimensional and dull. The story is a major disappointment in an otherwise strong era.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/25/18 11:57 pm
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This adventure has The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arriving on a planet The Doctor has apparently visited before. The peaceful civilisation he knew is revealed to have had war in the past but is a pacifist society. They are attacked by two 'Dominators', from another world with their robotic henchmen 'Quarks' who intend to enslave those they consider worthy.

Unfortunately this is generally a below average adventure. The script by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln is pretty good and interesting but has not been executed well on screen. The writers actually withdrew their names from the production (releasing it under a pseudonym of Norman Ashby) and stopped working on the series altogether after the production team changed the story from a 6-parter to a 5-parter without consulting them and got Derrick Sherwin to write a new concluding fifth episode. This is very sad as their previous work on the series was tremendous. I do not feel this was ever anywhere near the standards of their earlier stories and did not need 6 parts but I think the script itself is better than the production makes it appear. The story's ideas are not bad but perhaps the production problems spoiled the end product a bit.

The acting of the guest cast is OK but the direction is flat and the production is not particularly well executed overall with costumes, sets etc looking too cheap and cobbled together, including the slightly silly Quark robots.

Some decent standards are still in evidence in aspects of the story and the performances of regular cast Troughton, Hines and Padbury are very good but this adventure is a little bit dull and not as well produced as it should be. It is below what you want to kick off season 6, especially after such a great season 5.

My Ratings: All 5 episodes 6.5 to 7/10.
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Reviewed By: BlueboxReview Date: 1/9/18 11:41 am
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This story is so dull. How dull is it? The planet is called Dulkis! Haha get it?

But seriously, by the end I was hoping everyone apart from the regulars would die. The Dominators themselves are very ineffectual villains, having endless repetitive arguments with each other. The Quarks are perhaps the worst designed creature in Doctor Who history, nothing about their anatomy makes any functional sense. And who knows what they are saying?!

The only praise I can give this story is that Patrick Troughton has some nice moments, proof, if you ever needed some, of how fine an actor he is in the role.

The only time I would say you should watch this is when you want to make fun of it with friends and even then you’ll probably turn it off during part three.
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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.