Top positive review
Great Fun! A True Classic!!
on May 23, 2007
I absolutely love this episode. It was written by Terrance Dicks, who gave a rough draft to the script editor Robert Holmes. Holmes made significant revisions to the story and because Dicks was on vacation, Holmes was unable to get a hold of Dicks until the entire story had been significantly altered. Originally Dicks had intended Solon's part to be played by a robot, but as Solon the mad scientist worked out so well, I think a robot playing the part would have been a grave mistake. Because Robert Holmes had such a large role in the story, Dicks requested that the pseudomym Robin Bland be used as the credit for the series.
The story borrows a great deal from the mythos of Frankenstein, only I think the idea of Morbius is even more frightening than Frankenstein was. The reason is because the Frankenstein monster had no intellect, where as Morbius is portrayed as the greatest Timelord ever, although completely corrupt of course.
Onto this theme is thrown in the Sister hood of Kahn who in there own way have mind power equal to the Timelords and are paranoid of everyone, as they suspect that there is a plot to steal the Elixiar of Life. The atmosphere in Solon's Castle is superb and greatly enhances the plot as does the orchestrated music which is 200% better than the radiophonics used in the 1980's.
There is plenty of drama and action in this one. When it was first released it was edited to remove some of the violence. The collector's edition is the original and complete series. This series does contain some of the most realistic violence ever seen in Doctor Who. In one seen a charactor is shot with a hand gun 3 times and thier shirt is shown soaked with blood. Several scenes shown different charactors being choked. This is one of the episodes that the Powers to be at the time put heat on the series to tone down the violence. Of course by todays standards there is nothing shown here out of the ordinary.
Overall a well polished story with plenty of memorable Doctor lines. Of interest is the fact that during the Time Wrestling scence, Morbius's previous incarnations are portrayed using photos of the production crew. One of the photos used was of Producer Philip Hinchcliffe.
Because this series combines horror with Sci-Fi, this show would be an excellent introduction story to anyone unfamiliar to Doctor Who!