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The Keeper of Traken

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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 2/3/19 4:44 pm
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This was the first ever classic who story I ever Saw and its bloody brilliant
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 9/14/16 7:27 pm
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A peaceful world to be turned upside down by a meddling and malevolent alien force. A dippy side-character naively performing the evil tasks of the antagonist and some stuffy aristocratic / plutocratic / oligarchic types facilitating. Studio bound, fine performances, forgettable characters. Capped off with a technobabble heavy, logic and explanation light conclusion - this is cripplingly average Doctor Who bumped up by some appreciated continuity, namely the Master. There's a fun little mystery too, despite it being quite limp and redundant as early as episode two. Synth music atmospheric too.

That's about it in terms of praise. There's some bizarre inconsistencies that ultimately waste the potential of such a rich concept as a utopian dictatorship. The all powerful benevolent Keeper requires armed guards and administrative pen pushers; guards are susceptible to bribes; individuals are prone to lying, even to loved ones and of course the Master can break through the veil of beneficence. Contextually, prior to Logopolis, the Master remains a nave and meddler - but no genocidal megalomaniac, indeed a former friend the Doctor is willing to repeatedly let off tacitly to spar later. If we let this drop we're left with some iffy characterisation, as the Master rambles on about galactic conquest appears to share more with the memorable Pangol of leisure hive, than Delgado's suave performance a decade earlier.

Surprisingly light, given the heavy entropy theme (wahey!) particularly valid here as Tom - bless him - looks incredibly tired.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/17/15 12:54 am
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This is a piece that features a cool concept with the idea of Tracken, a peaceful world where evil can't thrive, the re-introduction of a Who Villain last seen four seasons before,

The weakness of the story is the pacing was somewhat tedious, getting off to a weak start as the Incumbent Keeper steals into the TARDIS and delivers backstory in Part 1. This story feels like it should have been 1 or 2 parts shorter which shouldn't have been hard given that this was the longest season of Doctor Who since Patrick Troughton had been the Doctor. Also, there are some odd turns that don't make sense within the context of the plot and a weak three Stooges-esque scene of the Doctor knocking out three guards.

Still, Anthony Ainley turns in a solid performance as Counselor Tremas. Overall, a I'd give the episode a 5/10 rating. It didn't really use its concept to the full potential and the result was a story that crawled too often.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/15/15 4:14 am
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The Keeper of Traken mixes old with new. I don't know if this would count as steampunk as that usually mix the Victorian era with advanced technology, but the sets are a mixture of future technology and a medieval style, and the music is electronic and mimics pipes but sounds really dated, now. I think the story is great and this does little wrong for me. One exception would be Cassia, we don't see enough of her falling under the Melkur's spell and this aspect just feels rushed. The idea of the Melkur being a Tardis is another thing I like about this. Not quite a classic but close.