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Reviewed By: Lionheart39Review Date: 5/17/19 4:22 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a fun story mainly because it gives some closure for one of the epic characters of the Dr Who world, the Brigadier.

Without that it would be a dire story.

Nice relationship between all the characters. Love the fact that the Brigadier get the reward of a loving wife, who has obviously been feeding him up and looking after him as he deserves.

So glad the initial idea of killing him off was shelved.

The ending with the Brig facing the Alien is perfect.

Remember this is Dr Who on a BBC budget. Don't expect too much but for lovers of the old series this will be a fun watch.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 3/4/18 2:45 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Ah it’s apways special when the brigadier shows up , especially when it’s been a while and by this story it sure has.

Battlefield is undeniably a lighter story choosing to twist the Doctor into a warped Arthurian legend. This can be perceived as devicive but I always imagine this story as one for younger fans ... but also one for lovers of the unit days.

It’s a bit cheap to look at but makes up with excellent settings and the return of unit is a treat.
There is an exception to the cheapness btw , look out for the destroyer in the late end of the story... a positivively awesome monster!

Morgana has some crackers and is played greatly if a little over the top.
All in all though I just find battlefield mighty fun and just a little underrated!
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/29/15 10:50 pm
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This story leaves me with mixed feelings. This isn't mediocre Doctor Who story, this is a rare creature. A story that manages to be amazingly awesome in one moment, and then absurdly awful in another.

What's great about this story: the Brigadier turning in a moment in the final story that is epic, the return of Betsy, Bandera, the new Brigadier Bandera, a beautifully over the top performance by Jean Marsh. The Destoryer is probably the most realistic and one of the most terrifying monsters designed in Classic Who and beats a lot of villains in Classic Who. And the idea of this alternate universe where the Doctor is/was/will be/might be Merlin is actually intriguing.

There are several problems that center around the Doctor. There's the Doctor using a Jedi mind trick in Episode 3. More importantly, some of the action the Doctor has to take end up looking silly on this incarnation. For example, in Episode 4, we have the Doctor threatening to decapitate someone with a big sword he could barely hold. Plus the impact of the Doctor's speech at the end is impacted by the fact that he always delivers them so fast, it's hard to have any true eloquence in them. I blame direction mostly for this.

The character of Shou Ying was really poorly conceived and not well-acted. Worse yet, it feels like she was written in to give Ace someone to fire a racial slur at. I'd wonder about the foundation for Ace having any prejudice that would lead her to go "there," but the story is unclear exactly how Morgaine is doing this. Is she planting thoughts or playing on underlying hostilities.

So I see both sides of this question. Still, I think what makes Battlefield good outweighs what makes it bad by a good margin and found it pretty enjoyable.
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Reviewed By: LadyHawkeReview Date: 5/2/13 1:14 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I've seen other commentaries where people detested Battlefield, but I really liked it. Knights in armor are always cool and adding the legend of King of Arthur is win. However, knights in armor from another dimension with laser guns is silly. I could never figure out why they were fighting with sword AND guns?

The back story of the Doctor being referred to as Merlin and dealing with the actions of his future self was interesting. It was fun that he left several clues for his 7th Doctor reincarnation, so he could find the buried spaceship.

I was somewhat confused why "The Destroyer" was brought into the picture? He appeared out of nowhere. Even though the story was a little confusing, I still liked it.