Reviewed By: recklessE4
Review Date: 3/2/19 4:13 pm
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I went into Mawdyrn Undead not expecting much. However, what I saw was an impressive and interesting classic who story. Like several episodes of the Peter Davison era, it has plenty for fans of the earlier seasons to enjoy. The Brigadier has returned and his presence is very uplifting. There is also the re-appearance of an old villain who is set up to be the bad guy for the next three stories.
I am writing this review before watching the next two stories. This is important as it is the first in a three part series.
The best parts of this story is when they are executing really creative Sci-Fi ideas. It is a difficult story to keep track of. It uses unconventional forms time travel and arbitrary limitations one where the characters can go at any given time. However, once you wrap you head around it, there are some cool ideas. A ship in perpetual orbit, immortal space "zombies", the consequences of interacting with your former self, and more. It is very interesting to see how all the characters, with their separate motivations, react to each problem as they occur.
This story introduces a new companion, Turlough. He is well introduced as a character and there are several questions raised about him that I hope are answered in future stories. He does not fit any companion tropes, and that's a great thing. I am interested to see what they do with him.
Overall, a very solid story, that really impressed me. It's not perfect with some of the lack lust deliveries of certain effects and actors, but these issues are few and far between. I also despise the costumes of Mawdyrn and his people, but they did not take away from the character. The largest hiccup is how difficult it is to follow, which can probably be solved with a re-watch. Good watch overall!