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Terror of the Vervoids

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Reviewed By: The31stWAHReview Date: 4/14/19 5:13 pm
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Look, I can be quite the Colin Baker apologist at times but... this is bad. Not as out-and-out painful as some of the other Sixth Doctor stories but it's still the nadir of the Trial of a Time Lord. Awful, boring plot, confusing introduction for Mel, and hilariously bad dialogue. Doctor Who has used elements of this story way better in other scenarios. Plus, the fact that this comes right after the death of Peri and does little to amp up the tension (until the very end) makes it feel like an enormous waste of time. The previous two stories at least had something going for them. This one has the infamous Vervoid costumes and a weird focus on aerobics. I can defend other Sixth Doctor stories but not this one, unfortunately.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/13/15 12:16 am
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The third segment of, "Trial of the Time Lord" manages to mix a murder mystery along with an invasion of killer plant creatures.

The mystery was actually pretty engaging, and the Vervos plot leads to some moments of genuine terror. The Sixth Doctor is at his on-screen best, miles away from the Twin Dilemma. The Doctor is warm, funny, comforting when appropriate, and a very solid sleuth.

Mel is a nice change of pace in her debut story. While I understand she has a bit of reputation issue in her later stories, in this one, she's resourceful and manages to play well off Colin Baker's Doctor. At this point, the friendly relationship is a nice change of pace from a string of Companions who haven't quite trusted the Doctor, or who the Doctor didn't quite trust.

On the downside, the Vervoids look a bit silly by 1980s standards. There are several parts related to the overall trial narrative that don't make a lot of sense including this clip being from the Sixth Doctor's future. Still, this is a very strong and entertaining story.