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1.5 - Trail of the White Worm

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/17/18 2:40 am
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The first of 2 parts, Trail is a little bland and meandering. It does eventually catch it's stride in the second half and leads to a fantastic cliffhanger at the end of the episode. It doesn't stand well on its own but it sets up the following episode (parts 3 & 4) nicely and as a whole both are worthwhile.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:25 pm
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'The Trail of the White Worm' was written by Alan Barnes and recorded in August 2011. It opens with the Tardis landing in a field with birds singing and shortly after dogs barking and our Protagonists stepping something nasty that squelches. The sounds are lush and vivid but perhaps laid on a bit thick in the case of the birds. The music also creates rich and textured atmosphere. That being said I have no idea why the arrangements are designed to emulate the style of the seventies. I mean I am all for nostalgia but I would love to hear the fourth Doctor shown in a more modern light at some point.

The opening two episodes of this series were a disappointment but the final two are a step up in the quality of performances, and adding Geoffrey Beavers as the Master makes for an electrifying finale for the series. Michael Cochrane as the mad 'Colonel Spindleton' is a real delight and adds plenty of levity. The idea of Leela besting a chieftain tank makes me shrug my shoulders but ok, not important I suppose. Then there is the idea of Wormholes being created by worms, couldn't be more on the nose if you tried. The worm then tries enlisting the Doctor's help to escape, so what about this ability to make a wormhole then?

All in all a bit of a mixed bag really, but enjoyable and an adequate set up for the 'The Oseidon Adventure'.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/8/15 2:25 am
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Trail of the White Worm is the first part of a two part story featuring the return of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master and here he is great as the villain. He does all the things that Delgado would have done in the role with just as much finesse. Part One is a great build up for the story as the Master doesn't appear much and we get to see the residents of the estate who are all delightful to watch, with each having a degree of madness. Rachel Stirling's Demesne Furze is great as she emulates characters like Amelia Ducat but is much more crazy. For example she locks a woman in her car boot because she had sense to escape.

Michael Cochrane is great as Corporal Spindleton, the quite mad corporal who is obsessed with hunting and the old regime. You really see how easy it was for the Master to take over his mind and use him as a puppet. Tom Baker and Louise Jameson are also great together in their penultimate release of the season as they face a giant worm, which really should be a dragon instead of a contemporary worm.

My biggest problems is that the story is utterly predictable and Part Two has a weird pace that doesn't just fit. It also feels a bit out of place, doing better in the Graham Williams' era instead of Philip Hinchcliffe's era as the season is supposed to emulate.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/16/15 9:56 am
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This actually was a very fun script that finds the Doctor and Leela in the English Countryside in the late 1970s or 80s where the locals are hunting a beast: a White Worm (or is it Wyrm). Featured along the way are a damsel in distress who wants to become a punk rocker, a mad retired Colonel with his own tank, the Master, and oh yes, the titular White Worm.

This is a fun story with lots of clever and witty dialogue that's made to order for Tom Baker's Doctor. The acting really makes this a treat, not only with the regulars and Geoffrey Beaver as the Master but also Michael Cochrane and Rachel Stirling. This is a rollicking adventure with a great twist ending.