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|By:||David Layton, Los Angeles, United States|
|Date:||Wednesday 13 December 2017|
|Rating: || 7|
Earthshock is, like most Eric Saward scripts, a bit controversial. I found the TV episode quite compelling as the story pens in the Doctor tighter and tighter. There are a few aspects that don't quite make sense. For instance, no one on Earth seems to know what a Cyberman is, at the same time that an important multi-world conference is going on to create an alliance to fight the Cybermen. I also thought that the Cybermen were introduced too early, which detracts from the impact of the Doctor's reaction. The audience should learn about them when the Doctor does. Well, that is the script that Ian Marter has to work with. He very judiciously changes very little of the plot and keeps most of the original dialogue. He has added a couple of explanations to some things that seemed merely convenient for the plot in the teleplay. It's a swift read and quite as suspenseful as the original.