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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/19/18 5:49 pm
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The Chase is a 6 part story beginning with The Executioners.

This adventure from writer Terry Nation features The Daleks chasing the TARDIS through time and space landing up in all sorts of adventures in different times and places. It is basically a comedic story without too much concentration on plot or serious realism for the first 4 episodes. Among other things this adventure explains the mystery of the Mary Celeste by landing the TARDIS and Daleks on board the sailing ship causing the disappearance of the crew. This is a nice idea but involves some silliness in how it is executed on screen. The first 4 episodes are all disappointingly silly in places but fun at times. Finally it gets more serious and increases in quality for the really good final two episodes.

This adventure starts badly with a very silly first episode featuring ideas like the 'Time Space Visualiser' or 'Time TV' invention which implausibly allows them to view historic events as they happened. Episode 2 is much better, not exceptional but good fun. Episode 3 goes back to being a bit more silly and is not hugely impressive but it has good moments and is not bad overall. Then there is the rather less satisfying episode 4 where the TARDIS and Daleks are in a 'haunted house' setting interacting with Dracula, Frankenstein's monster etc. (I kid you not). This is camp fun in a way but goes over the line into silliness far too much for my liking.

I think the problems in the first 4 episodes of this story exemplify this period when Dennis Spooner was script editor, it has too much silly humour and not enough quality. This was the last story before the superior Donald Tosh took over that role and the next 6 stories with Tosh as script editor had much better standards.

Thankfully things get much better and more serious in the last two episodes of this story. Part 5 is a very good, thoroughly enjoyable episode and episode 6 is an excellent concluding part of the story, also seeing the poignant exit of Ian and Barbara (William Russell and Jacqueline Hill). It is very sad to see them go as they were great companions but their farewell is nicely handled and the arrival of another really good companion Steven Taylor (Peter Purves) softens the blow.

The quality of the last 2 episodes rescue this from being a disappointing and overly silly story. It ends up being a reasonably fun adventure overall with a classic finale.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 5.5/10, Episode 2 - 8/10, Episode 3 - 7/10, Episode 4 - 6/10, Episode 5 - 8.5/10, Episode 6 - 10/10, Average - 7.5/10.

Overall: 7.5/10
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Reviewed By: FinleyWadeReview Date: 8/11/17 6:32 pm
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The chase is a very fun, dash-around story that doesn't take itself seriously in the slightest, and that's not a bad thing. It leads nicely on from the space museum and I would recommend buying 'the space museum and the chase' box set as it's a good deal and I think that the space museum is a very underrated story and also watching it will enhance your viewing of the chase. The story carries on the humor generated in the last 3 parts of the previous story and spends a good deal of the first part's run time just playing around with the space time visualizer. It's a great concept and I can't think why it hasn't made any more appearances in the show since. In addition to providing some great scenes, it sets the tone of the story from the start. Aridius is a great place to begin the chase and it make me wish we had a whole story there. And yes, it's a 2 sun dessert planet in 1965, star wars! (I know it wasn't originally a desert planet but come on!). I like the Aridians and feel sorry for them as the fact that the doctor landed there actually made their lives worse instead of better, though it wasn't his fault. The Dalek's are actually good here, unlike most of the rest of the story, and aren't comical.

However, after the doctor and co leave Aridius and the chase starts, the Dalek's are played for laughs which is a poor decision. If you make your main enemy into comic relief then they no longer seem threatening and if they no longer pose a threat, it diminishes all stakes in the story for the main characters. This may be okay if it was handled right, like in the previous story, but it just isn't and is barely even funny. Anyway the TARDIS and perusing Dalek ship lands in New York in the empire state building one after another for the sole purpose of telling the most drawn out joke in history. Then on a sailing ship which is actually kind of funny when you discover what the ship is ( I won't spoil it) but once again the Dalek's a treated poorly and one of them actually gets killed by being pushed into the sea. Then the crew arrive in a mysterious house full of monsters, I won't spoil that one either which is also quite funny. But once against the daleks are made to look pretty pathetic, conquered by stairs.

Vicki is accidentally left behind and has to stow away on the daleks ship which returns some mush needed stakes to the story. This actually works in the TARDIS team's favor though as Vicki witnesses the creation of the robot doctor. They did almost as good they could have done with creating the same person twice in the 60's but the actor they got to play the robot 1st Doctor didn't look like Hartnel enough in my opinion. The daleks get some much needed menace back in part 5 and the stakes are risen high for a final show down on the eerie jungle planet of Mechanus.

When the crew escape the daleks due to the Mechanoids is great as they think they've met something friendly but they really haven't. Entering the prison, the team meet Steven Taylor, soon to be companion. I've always liked Steaven as character and here is no exception, you really begin to empathize with him after learning he's been trapped here for years. The way that the team escape is very risky and tense, as is the battle between the Daleks and the mechanoids until the fire comes on the camera. The direction tries it's hardest to make up for this effect which doesn't make much sense and you can't see whats going on when it's there. Everyone manages to escape, though we don't know that Steven is until the next episode which is a good decision as the viewer can fully focus on the sweet goodbye to Susan and Barbara.

Overall a 7 / 10 for a story that is fun and enjoyable, but diminshes the daleks as a serious threat through most of the story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/16/15 10:23 pm
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This story finds the Daleks sending out an Execution squad to pursue the Doctor and his Companions through time and space.

Overall, this story has a lot to offer if you appreciate the lighter Doctor Who stories. In fact it's got a lot of humor and goofiness for a Terry Nation story. The story has a similar format to Nation's Season 1 story, "Keys of Marinus" with multiple mini-stories working into the serialized adventure. This leads to a variety of settings from aliens worlds to a haunted house, and the Mary Celeste.

You have a time television that can view anywhere in time and space, Peter Purves making his Doctor Who debate as a comedy Alabama comedy and the battle between Dracula and the Daleks we've all been waiting for. The cast has great chemistry and there are so many wonderful moments such as the Doctor and Barbara sun bathing, with the Doctor singing.

There's some stuff that doesn't quite work, but far more than that does. This story is the swan song for Ian and Barbara as Companions and it's a fitting finale that that reminded us viewers why we loved these characters.
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Reviewed By: QuartzLightReview Date: 7/28/12 7:51 am
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I'm suprised by how many negative reviews this story gets. I think it's got a mix of feelings in it, horror,adventure etc. A brilliant display of acting by all, and a classic Dalek chase is just what I need to brighten my day. I give it 8/10.