Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (Story 137)
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The sixth Doctor's post-regeneration behavior is more erratic and unsettling than ever before.]]>
Thus, it's a shame such a heady performance couldn't have been engaged with a first-class script. Instead, writer Anthony Stevens, perhaps inspired by a recent garden infestation, pits the Doctor against the less-than-terrifying menace of giant slugs bent on conquering the universe using the computational powers of a pair of twin boys (hence the title). Even the Doctor must agree, saying, "In my time I have been threatened by experts. I don't rate you very highly at all." But through it all, Baker takes center stage, attempting to forge a bond with a skeptical audience (if not Peri) as the new Doctor who may not be as cuddly, warm, or even human, as previous incarnations. TV fixture Kevin McNally makes an early appearance as the young Lt. Hugo Lang, an aggressive space officer who takes his share of lumps during the story. --Ryan K. Johnson
The Star Man: interview with title-sequence designer Sid Sutton
Looking 100 Years Younger: Colin Baker and comedian Amy Larme discuss the Doctor's costumes over the years
Stripped for Action: The Sixth Doctor: Comic-strip retrospective
Breakfast Time: BBC interview with Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant
Blue Peter: Colin Baker interview
Radio Times listings
Production note subtitles
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I've always liked Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor.Read more ›
Amazing! How can I put this. This story is remarkable in that, which ever way you want to look at it, it is at least entertaining (then again, so was Plan Nine From Outer Space!)and Colin Baker, while pretty painful at times, is also very compelling and engaging a lot of the time. There is also a beautiful turn from the guest star Maurice Denham as Azmeal, a great, great actor who does wonders with the role.
The script is fairly poor, but contains some outrageous and memorable dialog. The game plan, to make this Doctor seem evil and unlikeable and then redeem him gradually, seems ok in theory but the realisation, having him try to throttle Peri, is really off-putting and many think it hurt the show big time. Here I agree, I met teenagers who hated it and thought it sunk the whole series. The slug villain is pretty poor and the production has a tacky look, with a tasteless costume and garish titles at its heart, too detract further. But it is compelling viewing all the same. I cringe at the Doctor being so twisted in parts, but overall, this is contrived, tasteless but hypnotic viewing. Not a flawed classic, but a shonky pantomine with an utterly compelling black heart. It points to the series it was going to become before Michael Grade interefered, a black comedy of the darkest, most garish variety, realised brilliantly in later Bakers like Varos and Revelation. Initially, I loved the costume worn by Colin Baker, but grew tired of it later. But what an expression of individuality in the face of robotic sameness like Cybermen and Daleks.Read more ›
The story is alright, no better (nor worse) than many of Peter Davison's own three year tenure... well, perhaps better than some of those (TIME-FLIGHT, anyone?), and as a regeneration story compared to Peter Davison's own (CASTROVALA Story 117), it's a choice of Peter Davison continuously swooning and crawling about (that literally, yes LITERALLY lasted until the last portion of the 4th episode) or Colin Baker's very energetic, manic mood swings.
Having watched each serial, starting with ROBOT (Story 75) all the way to THE TWIN DILEMMA (Story 137), one by one, in sequential order, perhaps I have a greater breadth of appreciation? Whatever the case may be, I was quite entertained by this adventure... although I, too, wish I could have tossed rotten cabbages at John Nathan Turner for such an awful costuming decision.
Still, I just bought the next one, ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN (Story 138) and look forward to experiencing brand new Doctor Who territory!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a great start. The twins needed acting lessons. A nice story, though.Published 10 months ago by Claude L. Parish
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 11 months ago by VictorSlim3D
This is bad, but I don't think it's qualitatively the worst episode of Doctor Who, though it ranks pretty low in the classic series (only King's Demons and Underworld were worst in... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author
Colin's first episode post-regeneration. If you are a collector like I am, you need to get this for the scene where he picks his costume. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Michael Burke
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