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The Creature from the Pit

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/25/18 5:46 am
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The effects have problems and there are some scientifically dubious ideas in this story. Nevertheless, it's incredibly enjoyable. Tom Baker and Lalla Ward's performances make this story a delight. The Doctor treats the events with just the right mix of seriousness and silliness to make for good television. Geoffrey Bayldon has a nice guest appearance. Not great, but a fun watch.
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Reviewed By: Lord NiiiimonReview Date: 1/27/18 10:16 am
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A cocking good story.
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 8/30/16 9:05 pm
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One where my opinion seems to diverge from general Doctor Who fan orthodoxy - sure, Erato has a phallic fopar but that aside Creature From the Pit is funny, witty and packed with Adamsian charm.

From the matriachal organs of power to the bizarrely democratic boorish metalhunters, astrologers and emasculated serfs, there's quirky characters abound played for laughs. A solid mystery eased out throughout all four parts intrigues and keeps viewers guessing, whilst varied plot elements (horror, mystery, high scifi) wrestle without once diminishing the playful tone.

In terms of the aesthetics, whilst Erato certainly is laugh, the large scale CSO shots impress and episode one in particular has some stunning film work. Everything in the jungle is shot in gorgeous film, richly lighted and with the camera free to be far more creative than usual. There's some great camera work and direction throughout with some seriously good lighting, even in some video segments - no mean feat.

Creature from the Pit for me at least feels tongue in cheek. This isn't a morbid idea gutted and done on the cheap, a-la early Williams (tail end of Series 15 in particular!), its a purposefully crafted romp and a really fun time. Give this one a reappraisal, I for one love it!