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Rather overlooked, I feel

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Tuesday 27 March 2012
Rating:   10

After the departure of the great Lis Sladen from the classic series, and the epicly fantastic story the Deadly Assassin, comes the first story with one of my favourite companions ever. Louise Jameson was the perfect choice to play Leela, she had the right gusto, and the right acting performance for a savage. And her character was just far more interesting than a lot of the previous companions, and had a bit more history behind her background for a change.

And Louise is just brilliant in her debut. Despite the fact that at first she didnt hit it off with Tom baker, none of the annonymity comes across on screen at all, in fact the two of them seem to get along like a house on fire. And that to me is the sign of good actors and actresses.

This story i feel seems to be a bit forgotten amidst the so called titans around it, but this has many original and brilliant concepts floating around it. Including the decent idea of portraying the Doctor having visited a place before but we the viewers never seeing the adventure in person.

Xoanon is portrayed brilliant as one of the best psychotic computers of the series, and for once we also get a chunk of after story when Xoanon has been calmed down at long last. And Leela's entry into the TARDIS is funny and amusing. In fact I would have said that this story is one of my favourite fourth doctor stories, in that it is slightly more oddball and relies more on characters than monsters.

This was the BBC at their heights with Who in my opinion. Making great stories with limited budget. Money isnt the root of a good series, as Who always used to proove...

About Face

By:Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Date:Tuesday 18 September 2012
Rating:   6

Its hard to know why this story has never grabbed me. It always seems a bit flat & doesn't hint at the greatness to come (Robots of Death, Weing-Chaing)
There's not to much wrong with the acting, Tom & Louise hit it off straight away & the reveal of the Doctors face in the mountainside at the episode 1 is one of the best ever, it just never seems to get going for me.
The extras on the DVD aren't up to much either though Toby Hadoke, as ever, makes the commentary fun & intresting.

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