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Again, I get the feeling that this might not be as bad as I remember. Still, just as I was forgetting the sore that Adric died...yeah I beat a dead Adric silly...they go and mention him twice. And play his music. AND if that's not bad enough, they have Tegan give away Adric's room! WTDF? There's plenty of other rooms in the TARDIS why does she have to give him that one? The writers or producers just don't care. In order to make things even worse than that, they have Turlough mention his disdain of children but declare all this stuff is going out for a start...out where? How dare they? If they can't mention Adric in an emotional vein then whey do it at all?
Aside from that, this is not too bad. Nyssa's nice top is missing and soon her skirt will go but that's later. Turlough's still annoying and creepy and not a good companion but I guess that's the point of this. The BG is still using him. The new creepy ship this week is a Lazar dying ground, where people suffering from a leper--or rather Lazar disease are sent to die. That's a scary idea and well done right up to the cliffhanger. Tegan, compared to Turlough, is much more likable now. Nyssa's on her way out and what is she cowering in the hallway in the open for where everyone can see her? WTF?
Davison's not too bad in this and even sympathetic and quirky ("Nyssa, what have I sent you into?" and "Some people have the strangest sense of decor"). He also has some good scenes with Kari and Olvir. He finally has some presense.
Kari and Olvir. What's with their huge helmets? These helmets would not be out of place on a 1960s space man toy. Fashion victims the two of them. Olvir seems to be this week's replacement for Adric. Tegan and Turlough get underground in the drains and might just stay there for the entire story. The ship, again, looks pretty big just as the ship in MAWDRYN did. Nothing here is terrible...yet.
When first shown in the US, this story was watched by a then-colleague who had never seen DW before...she wasn't impressed. I think she came in on the middle, possibly ep3...so maybe that's why...
BTW I wonder if this Stephen Gallagher is the same Stephen Gallagher who created the UK ELEVENTH HOUR. If you watch that show Patrick Steward is the Doctor in many ways with a female bodyguard, his companion. He even says he has to save the world again. The UK version is so much better...