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     Sunday, May 03 2009 @ 02:16 PM EDT
    Okay this episode is interminably long or so it seemed. I don't know why. It's not bad or anything. Unstoffe and Garron aren't particularly interesting so maybe it is that. They have some funny moments. It could be that there's more plot in this than in all the other three episodes and that's okay, it's all needed.

    Perhaps the problem is that when Tom and Mary aren't on screen, it's boring. Maybe that's what critics of the Tom Baker years or the later Tom years mean. Frankly, I love the man and can't get enough of him but that does mean that when he's not forefront and center alot of the time in the plot, it drags and this drags a bit. I still love the sets and the sound effects, the bells, the monk chanting, the wind, the snow. This was, I just found out, originally supposed to be set during the 15th century or something on Earth and in Russia.

    Okay so this ep is not terrible, not bad, just a lot of plot and that's okay but it's not terribly fast moving or pacey either. Some good stuff from Tom and the beautiful Mary Tamm. Some funny character moments from Garron and Unstoffe and their characters are more firmly established...and some tension going on. And we get an execution cliffhanger. And this time we get one of the first of many cliffhanger close ups on the Doctor's face...surprised face and as in INVASION OF TIME ep3 into 4 the Doctor seems to try to or does say something we can't here like "But..."

    Like the Doctor using his hypnosis bit more often and it makes him seem a contemporary or a kinship to his son or his dad or his bro, the Master. Smile

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