Friday, 16 December 2011

The Moonbase (Doctor Who Series 4 Story 6)

There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things, things which act against everything that we believe in. They must be fought.

The marathon continues through the lost years with the second Cyberman Story. With a drastic redesign they look far better this time but have lost some of the unsettling humanity that the first version had. I honestly think the original was considerably more sinister.

As to the story. Half reconstructed The Moonbase was quite a struggle. Its certainly nice to see Troughton moving and the set design was excellent  but the story was obviously not written for Jamie as he spends most of it in bed! As a follow up to The Tenth Planet, The Moonbase is actually rather weak.

Overall satisfying but certainly not one that rises up my list of great stories. The story suffers greatly from a weak plot and poor motivation. Just how the Cyberman managed to hide their access hole is never really explained as is the lack of depressurisation when they break through.

Coming up is a recon that I have heard but never seen. For bonus points the Quarry scenes were filmed near my birthplace. Its “The Macra Terror”


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