Reviewed By: TCar96
Review Date: 12/3/16 10:52 pm
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Weird, bizarre and generally botched. Where to start with Timelash?
The introduction is enough to set the scene: plodding, poorly-written, acted and shot. Bland direction as exposition is dumped with the subtlety of a jack-hammer. Dictator - tick. Time travel concept for plot relevance - tick. Character archetypes - tick.
After a woefully slow plod, not helped by the terrible production values - we move from alien politics to comedy.. to drama.. to time travel shenanigans on earth - comic but with a historical celebrity for no reason. Then action action action before a Doctor - antagonist verbal spar, death of the antagonist, faux-drama before resolution. The thing is just all over the shop.
It's a shame because there's a central concept at the heart of Timelash that's pretty good. A well thought up villain with an emotional justification for a great genocidal plot, with plenty of scope for political machinations. Furthermore, it allows for some real tension and skin-crawling as Peri's fate is revealed. By this point it just seems as if Eric enjoys forcing Peri into sick and sadomasochistic situations.
The problem is just.. well, everything else. There's far too much superfluous gumf, not least of which being gratuitous fan-pleasing canon. Even I was rolling my eyes as for no reason, Jon Pertwee's face is revealed to be painted on a wall. Pointless. By the end, we're just working off that checklist, melodrama and bickering for the sake of it.
Paul Darrow's bad panto performance is worth a view, and like I say, the Doctor's encounter with the Borad is an awesome little scene with a real horror of a punishment for Peri. That aside, it's just dull, tedious and broken. Particularly given my praise for the Borad - there's a sense that a far more interesting serial happened a few decades prior to the one we're left with.