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3.1 - The Elite

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/11/15 3:39 pm
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Elite: Great acting and directing, although the supporting actors are not particularly memorable. The faux eighties dystopian music really gives this the nostalgia that purchasers of this range crave. Can't think quite what it reminds me off – the Tripods maybe? That's not to take away from the writing or directing which are both to a high standard despite the comparison of Daleks to Nazis - again. Then again when you have a history as illustrious as Doctor Who's then perhaps a little self-plagiarism can be forgiven. Having a brain washed Nyssa betray the Doctor is a move that keeps you on your toes, and just one reason why even though the story is a bit familiar it's the nuances and characterisation that makes this such a rich experience.

Whatever your thoughts on the eighties I think the actors playing the main characters here have proven their quality again, and again. Also, full marks for fitting the word sesquipedalian into the characters confabulations. The Elite was originally submitted to be in either Season 20 or Season 21 and is surely far superior to Time-Flight.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 5/7/15 6:10 pm
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I wish that this story was made in place of Time-Flight. The Elite was originally submitted to be in either Season 20 or Season 21 and was written by Barbara Clegg. This version of the story was adapted by John Dorney. Now I really think that if you deleted Time-Flight from the canon and replace it with Arc of Infinity with an opening establishing that Tegan had gone home you could have included this story as Season 20s opener.

With that out of the way, let me just say that The Elite is an interesting story that brings up many points about war and brainwashing. It develops Tegan, Nyssa and the Doctor who all have very dark character arcs. That really describes the story, it is very dark. Especially when you get to the reveal of who the High Priest is, which I won't spoil here if you haven't listened to it.

Although it is a dark story there are some moments of humor that ease you into the darkness. The best bits of comedy involve a bar of chocolate, Nyssa, The Doctor and some students. What really puts this story to one of the greats is the end of Part Three and Part Four where events take place to change the direction of the story completely. I would go into what happens but I can't without spoiling a shock.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/22/15 10:44 am
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The Elite succeeds in a number of ways, particularly in the first 3 parts. The Fifth Doctor was rarely this commanding or this fun on television. Davison's performance is just superb and Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton are great as the companions. The story has a great sense of this dystopia with some mystery surrounding its cause and the reveal in Parts 2 and 3 is a solid twist though the cover gives it a way and I kind of had an inkling after Part 1.

I do think that the fourth part suffers from some over the top acting. The story's pantomime about religion was also kind of pointless and irritating. Still, there was some great moments that make this worthwhile. My favorites are both with the Fifth Doctor going off about eugenics and of course almost being executed for giving students chocolate with a classic quip that it gave death by chocolate a whole new meaning.
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Reviewed By: nottheusualfangirlReview Date: 9/19/13 3:18 am
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Overall I enjoyed this. I'd give it a 9 or 10 if there weren't a section where the villain kept ranting the same rant while the other characters ran around shooting at each other in a rather repetitive fashion. I actually got bored and nearly fast forwarded 10 minutes. It's not a wholly original story, it's really a classic Who staple: a planet embroiled in a pointless war based in a misguided religion that nobody seems able to stop. The mystery of who the High Priest is becomes obvious (to me) as soon as he speaks. But there are enough original details to keep it interesting (except for that 10 minutes). The setting is well drawn and the twist at the end was both lovely and disturbing. What I liked most about this play, however, was the bits of humor that in some cases poke fun at Who tropes. This is the version of the Fifth Doctor that I love dearly: very snarky, with steel hidden under the studiously polite diffidence. (Special bonus points for defiance-by-chocolate and "Oh, you really ARE going to kill me.") But it's not a reinvention of the character as much as giving his sarcastic side more air time. In fact the producers went out of their way to make this sound like a 1980s story, from the synthesizers to the way the battle scenes are written (reminiscent of the start of Earthshock). Dedicated fans will also find much to love in the references to several classic episodes, the testy relationship between Tegan and the Doctor, the joke about Tegan's clothes and even (if I'm reading the intention behind the dialogue correctly) a reference to a real-life story Peter Davison and Janet Fielding have told quite a few times. I find that sort of meta-reference amusing when it's cleverly done. If you didn't like this era of the show, or if you don't like your Who self-referential, you won't like this as much as I did.