Doctor Who: The Horns of Nimon (Story 108)
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Doctor Who had previously explored the Cretan legend of the Minotaur in "The Time Monster" (1972), and here pays homage to the story without attempting to incorporate it into the Who mythos. Tom Baker is in good form and script editor Douglas Adams keeps the story tight without allowing the humor to take over. The best performance comes from Lalla Ward, fully at home as Romana and a commanding presence in her own right. The set and costume design are notable except for the Nimon itself, which is rather laughable. This story is an entertaining if ultimately unexceptional adventure for the good Doctor. --Gary S. Dalkin
Who Peter--Partners in Time: History of Blue Peter's relationship with Doctor Who, presented by Gethin Jones
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Peter Howell music demos: 1980 Radiophonic workshop demo over the beginning of part 2
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PDF materials (DVD-ROM--PC/Mac): Radio Times listings, studio floor plans
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Tom Baker's witty dialogue is prevalent in Horns of Nimon. "You will be qustioned, tortured and killed." "Well, I certainly hope it's in that order." Lalla Ward offers her best performance as Romana, on equal footing with the Doctor for once, and not in the shadow of the Doctor's scarf. She has even assembled her own sonic screwdriver, which obviously the Doctor prefers, as he tries to pull the old switcharoo on her. Here is a viewer tip that applies to all Romana 2 stories: Pay special attention to her facial expressions as she reacts to occurrences when she is in the background. Believe me, some of them are priceless.
As is the case with most of Season 17, "fandom" is not too enamored with Horns of Nimon. They claim it's too silly. They claim that the jokes take away from the drama. This makes Nimon extra-special. When "fandom" forms a concensus, most of the time they are dead wrong. And this is one of those times. Horns of Nimon has the distinction of being the last story before JNT sucks the life out of Tom Baker (unless you count the uncompleted Shada). Enjoy this one, because you will never see this type of Who again.
As another reviewer pointed out, one of the main things I love about "Horns" is that it is, in my opinion, great, GREAT fun. It's funny, lighthearted, doesn't take itself too seriously, and, as fate would have it, it's the very last story in which you'll see Tom Baker as the REAL fourth Doctor (not counting the never-completed "Shada"), before producer John Nathan-Turner swept in and shamelessly destroyed Tom Baker's Doctor by not only changing his costume (I never liked the solid-red costume, OR those stupid question marks on the Doctor's collar), but also changing the fourth Doctor's *personality*, making him a lot less humorous and a lot more serious, to the point of being a shameless grouch (and by the time Tom Baker's Doctor finally snuffed it at the end of "Logopolis," I was GLAD to see him go, considering what JNT had done to him---mind you, it's not Tom Baker's fault, let me make that clear). In "The Horns Of Nimon," Tom's Doctor is still his old, jolly self. Baker is clearly having fun in this story, and it shows in his delightful performance here.
I'm also glad that other reviewers have mentioned that yes, indeed, "Horns" is easily Lalla Ward's finest hour as Romana.Read more ›
The leader of Skonnos, Soldeed, is eagerly awaiting the delivery of the youths, as it is the last payment to the Nimon, who have promised the Skonnons technology that will give rise to the second Skonnon Empire. "He speaks of Skonnos rising from its own ashes with wings of fire!" proclaims Soldeed. Indeed, Soldeed fawns and scrapes before the black, red-eyed bull-like Nimon, who seem to have read some Egyptian hieroglyphs for their loin cloths. He isn't bothered that all the Nimon want are youths to be sacrificed. "I play the Nimon on a long string," he says, and regarding an exchange of favours, "if there is an imbalance, make sure it's in your favour." However, Soldeed doesn't realize the full extent of the Nimon's plans, nor what the Great Journey Of Life" is about.
Tom Baker has two funny lines at the expense of the despicable pistol-wielding co-pilot of the battlecruiser. "Have you noticed how people's intellectual curiosity declines sharply the moment they start waving guns?" And when the co-pilot won't allow the Doctor to go to the hold to help with some engine trouble, he says, "Why don't you give me the gun and then I can keep an eye on myself so I don't get into funny business?" When the Nimon tell the Doctor, "Later, you will be tortured, questioned, and killed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like most all of the Dr. Who stuff and this was no different.Published 6 days ago by Arthur Jackson
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 12 months ago by VictorSlim3D
You have to look at Tom Baker's role in the ongoing saga. This is the longest of the Dr. Who regenerationsPublished 16 months ago by Charles J. Wilhelm
As usual I will skip the plot.
What you get in this offering is one disc containing 4 episodes and Special features. Read more
The Tom Baker era is the best and, oddly, some of the worst of old who. Baker is never as bad as the worst of the Colin Baker era, or the clunkers that make some of the McCoy era... Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. Schwarz
Tom Baker is the best Doctor and this episode is one of my favorites. Only the Doctor can stop the Nimon's great journey of life as they attempt to ravage yet another planet.Published 23 months ago by Dinsdale