Doctor Who: The Time Monster (Story 64)
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Since Dr. Who is no longer on TV in many places these days, it's been a long time since I have seen many of them, and "The Time Monster" did not disapoint.
Unlike most 6-part Dr. Who adventures that start of strong through the first 3 episodes but end up dragging the story out; "The Time Monster" maintains a steady pace throught.
There's some neat slow motion camera work throughout the story, and very few "wobbly sets" and other special effects gaffs that are not usually appreciated by the non-whovian.
Best viewed on a rainy day with a nice hot cup of Earl Grey.
The Brigadier is sent as a UNIT observer, but during a trial run, Stuart is aged to an octagenarian. The Master then calls for Kronos, who is a chronovore, dangerous creatures living in the time vortex that cab "swallow a life as quickly as a boa constrictor can swallow a rabbit. Fur and all!"
The Doctor and Jo arrive at Wooton because they detect the Master's TARDIS and comes upon an aged Stuart, who mentions the name Kronos. From then, it's the Doctor and Jo against the Master and Krasis, the high priest of Atlantis who unwittingly helps the Master in controlling the dangerous chronovore.
One interesting goof is the word "chronovore." "Chrono" is Greek, while "vore" is Latin. Surely "chronophage" should have been more appropriate, or "temporavore"? Another is the V-1 rocket that the Master brings through time against Yates' convoy. A farmer remembers a V-1 striking in the exact area in 1944. Unless there was more than one V-1 attack in that area, it's impossible for the farmer remembering it if it had been taken out of time. And Aidan Murphy (Hippias) has a shrill and irritating voice.
Other items: the Doctor and the Master's TARDIS materializing within each other is later duplicated in Logopolis.Read more ›
What also lead to the downfall of this episode was the storyline. Approaching the 4-6 part of the story, the story became somewhat confusing, as if certain parts were just time fillers & really served no purpose.
However, one thing I really liked about this story was the acting. The Master was at his peak performance, & appeared to be the legendary foe he was supposed to be. The other characters also did a pretty good job in this episode filling their roles.
Overall, this episode is worth watching. Perhaps the special effects won't ruin the story for you, as they did for me. But in reality, it neither really bad or neither really great. If anything, its worth seeing the Master in one of this peak performances.
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The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 7 months ago by VictorSlim3D
Beside the blurry flapping chicken effect used for the arrival of Kronos, the story was well done. Another Master classic.Published 9 months ago by Malbus
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every Doctor Who story is worth my time a true fan--this copy was very good and came fastPublished 17 months ago by Sarrah L. Coleson