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231. The Behemoth

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/12/19 6:41 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Doctor, Mrs. Clarke, and Flip arrive in 18th Century England and find themselves hobnobbing the rich but soon find themselves caught up in an intrigue involving slavers and an attempt to steal Lady Clara, while Flip tries to repel the intentions of a young rich man who is determined to have her and doesn't care she's already married.

The story shows great research and does a good job setting its scene. Behemoth has some interesting ideas at its core and some very good charming moments for the Doctor to really show his strength. The story's big problem is that like many of Platt's stories, he just tries to do too much. In this case, the story can't quite make up its mind whether it wants to go after slavery, women's rights, or the treatment of animals. Platt seems to think he has to portray every sort of evil going on during this time period, and the result is multiple plots where none of the guest characters (saving Miss Middlemeant) really emerge as fully developed. The closest is Mrs. Middlemint. This, in turn, makes it hard to engage the story.

Not a bad release, but a bit disappointing for colin Baker's first pure historical.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 8/14/18 4:45 pm
1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

That was a slog to get through.

This last batch of releases for the 6th Doctor have been really disappointing. It doesn't help that he has been saddled with two of the worst original BF companions. Flip is just Lucy Miller lite and nowhere near as well acted and Constance Clarke is a dull character portrayed badly. On top of this there was just a multitude of bad acting by nearly all the guest actors. Truly one of the dullest releases to date
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 12/11/17 10:34 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Its a very rare thing that the full cast actually detracts from the story. This would have been better as a short trip told over half an hour rather than a laborious epic where uninspiring characters prattle pointless dialogue against a back drop of blandness.

It is easy to say this could have been better. There was enough of a story here that it could have been told well, but it did not need a full cast and four episodes.