Reviewed on 7/3/2018...
I suppose everyone has a title or two that they pop into the player for comfort. This is one of mine. I've tried to put my finger on why this one is uplifting to me and cannot figure it out. Perhaps it is the excellent writing? There does seem to be more dialogue, more quips, more quality to this story. Some archaic terminology. The characterizations are fully realized. A nice smattering of historical references. The tone is very even with a satisfying, tangible atmosphere permeating throughout. Something interesting is happening onscreen at any given moment.
The plot is a rather standard one. Grumpy criminal aliens (Terileptils) crash land, are green, want to take over the world, and exterminate the populace. The Doctor, of course, successfully defeats their brutish attempts to subvert history and in the action itself ends up creating history. It's somewhat amusing how quickly the Doctor and friends all bug out at the end.
This Special Edition of the show has a superior and sharper remastered print. The colorization has been brightened and deepened. And more extras than the original release. The novelization is worth reading if you enjoy this, as it fleshes things out a bit more with extra details. The audiobook version is read by Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), who bumbles things as usual. His interpretation of the Terileptils sounds more like Zygons. And as for Richard Mace, some sort of atypical buffoon. The audiobook is worth a laugh though.
(Peaches) from CHARLESTON, IL
Reviewed on 5/16/2015...
Another excellent story from Doctor Who. Smart and fun with good period affects.I loved the bad guys monsters in this one. Suitable ornery about taking over everything like most bad guys in Doctor Who. It was a bit slow in places, but mostly a well written. well paced story that was quite enjoyable.