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Dreamland

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Reviewed By: DalekbusterScreen5ReviewsReview Date: 4/15/17 10:12 pm
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Dreamland has a great premise for a Doctor Who story. So why the three stars?

Well, the animation sucks. It's so bad it makes 60s Scooby Doo cartoons look like they were made in the present day. Cartoon Doctor bears no resemblance to real life David Tennant whatsoever and he walks around as if he's a puppet in a Gerry Anderson show.

I mean, compare David Tennant's look here...:



...to David Tennant's real life appearance:



How the animators could think it even bears a close resemblance to David Tennant beats me.

Fortunately, it is saved from being a disaster by the excellent voice acting and brilliant narrative. David Tennant is on top form as usual and Georgia Moffett is brilliant as Cassie Rice. Writer Phil Ford has also done a brilliant job, with some great pieces of dialogue throughout. I'd love to know the decision to use a American setting though.

You've got absolutely no limitations with locations for animation...and they opt for America?

Why not a distant planet that would be difficult to realise on-screen? Or a time period that would require lots of expensive SFX such as the prehistoric era?

Dreamland is a big missed opportunity and it's a shame the animation wasn't better to support a great narrative and voice-acting by those involved.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/31/15 10:31 pm
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Dreamland is a Doctor Who take on the 1947 Roswell crash and Area 51. The Doctor lands near a small diner in Nevada and quickly finds himself drawn into an adventure involving Men in Black Androids, armored alien warriors, the U.S. Military, oh and a little bit of alien romance.

One advantage of originally being broadcast in multiple part is that this forty-five minute story is action packed as it originally had to have multiple cliffhangers. There's not a dull moment within the forty-five minutes. It's an action story, with the Doctor providing bits of humor. This makes the story fun, but kind of the TV viewing equivalent of empty calories. The one exception to this is the romance between Saruba and Rivesh.

The computer animation has some strong points. It looks absolutely gorgeous for the many battle and action scenes that make up the story. Faces are another matter, human faces are so-so when it comes to expressiveness and Lord Azlok has to be the happiest looking alien bug invader ever with a smile frozen on his face. Still, action is far more important to this story.

The acting is mostly okay. The Doctor's one-shot "Companion" really don't develop much beyond stereotypes, and neither does Colonel Stark. However, David Tennant is superb as the Doctor and David Warner makes for a wonderful villain. While not an all-time classic, it's still not a bad romp.