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The Deadly Assassin

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/28/18 4:52 pm
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Many fans rate this as one of the best and I am one of them. This serial has huge quality as well as importance in building (and changing) the folklore of the Time Lords and The Doctor. It has everything, Tom Baker on top form, a classic villain, sparkling dialogue, humour, action, material which is important in the history of the series as well as some fresh and unnerving ideas. All this is done with brilliance in direction (by David Maloney), acting and writing (by the great Robert Holmes).

The Doctor has been called back home to Gallifrey. On his way there he has a pre-cognitive dream in which he appears to assassinate the Time Lord President. When he arrives he has to go on the run as he is presumed to be a criminal. He then tries to prevent the President's assassination but instead is made to look like the assassin himself. Behind all this, it turns out, is his old arch- enemy The Master. Now at an end to his cycle of regenerations (we are told Time Lords have a maximum of 12) his body is extremely emaciated but his evil and cunning are as strong as ever.

The Master, played now by Peter Pratt, looks and sounds great and his dialogue and Pratt's acting are excellent. There is also a host of superb and perfectly acted guest characters. The wonderful Borusa, Spandrell, Goth, Runcible and Engin are all fabulous. This adventure is also somewhat unique in that there is no companion for The Doctor.

The section of the story where The Doctor enters 'the matrix', a technically created world which seems real and has real dangers (sound like a forerunner of the film The Matrix to anyone?) is surreal and extremely innovative and clever in its different and interesting creativity.

A real classic story, one of my all time top ten. 10/10
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 11/10/18 1:49 pm
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It may not be every fans favourite but gosh do I love this story. Gallifrey feels small and confined due to the budgetary limitations sure, but we still get glorious iconic costume designs , a threatened and thus horrifying pizza face master and the matrix to boot!
I swear by it being still the best story to be set on gallifrey and Tom works strongly alone , proving that the doctor doesn’t always need a companion to work... though may lack some needed empathetic insights.

Characters are compelling and well played and the third part set in the matrix is glorious!

This has long been one of my most nostalgic doctor who experiences and long will ! 10/10

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/2/15 9:48 am
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The Doctor arrives home on Gallifrey trying to stop the murder of the Time Lord President. However, he must change his mission to proving his innocence and staving off execution.

The series has some great moments, the suspenseful first episode, followed by the Doctor and Castellan trying to get to the bottom of what happened leading to the Doctor entering a mindscape with one of his greatest enemies.

The last episode is a bit of a let down as within the first few minutes, it feels like the story has ended and it takes a few minutes to get going again, but the Gallifrey parts of the story are incredibly rich and this is one of the first times we really got a good look at the Doctor's home world. Overall, just a great story.