Doctor Who Season 25 (1988)

Doctor Who Season 25 Review

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Doctor Who Season 25 Review

The twenty fifth season of Doctor Who is a middling season with half of the episodes being solid and half being subpar and mediocre.

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Daleks are such boring conversationalists

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Doctor Who Season 25 Review

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Remembrance of the Daleks is actually a pretty strong Dalek-centered story even though I dislike them. But the serial suited my interest because it featured Davros whom I always love to see and because it gave us a glimpse into the Doctor’s history. A very engaging story for sure.

The Happiness Patrol is definitely way too silly for its own sake and too colorful and campy, but also a lot of fun. Not all episodes here work as the last one is mediocre, but the first two are pretty solid and the serial succeeds in what it’s trying to do which is being entertaining.

Silver Nemesis is basically a remake in a way of Remembrance of the Daleks which is beyond frustrating as they are basically remaking a story from this same season. I do not get it and it annoyed me. However, even though the first two episodes are forgettable, the last one is actually pretty good and a fine conclusion without a doubt. Lady Peinforte proved to be a very competent, highly memorable villain.

The Greatest Show in the Galaxy is overly influenced by 50s circus movies and it thus felt dated and campy. It had some good potential with the clowns and everything, but it ended up being too silly for its own sake and way too slight.

I continue to really like Sophie Aldred as Ace. She portrayed her really well and Ace surely is a very interesting, different than usual female companion to the Doctor as she looks and acts in a more butch way which is refreshing. And I really like her as she is still very sweet and endearing.

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Doctor Who Season 25 Review

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As for the Doctor himself, Sylvester McCoy is thankfully getting better in the role, but because these seasons are the shortest of the entire show’s run, he definitely did not leave a lasting impression when compared to his predecessors.

Overall, this season is pretty solid with some very strong serials and although it has its fair share of silly and campy episodes, half of the episodes are very solid and entertaining leading to a pretty unremarkable, but harmless season.

 

Worst Serial: Remembrance of the Daleks.

Best Serial: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.

 

Worst Episodes: The Happiness Patrol Part Three, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Part Two and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy Part Three.

Best Episodes: Remembrance of the Daleks Part Three, Remembrance of the Daleks Part Four and Silver Nemesis Part Three.

My Rating – 3.3

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Doctor Who Season 24 (1987)

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Doctor Who Season 24 Review

The twenty fourth season of Doctor Who is a return to weaker quality after the last solid season. It’s short, but pretty mediocre.

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That’s the problem with young people today

– no spirit of adventure

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Doctor Who Season 24 Review

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It is basically of similar quality as twenty second season which of course means that it’s pretty subpar. Thankfully it only has four serials and in total fourteen short episodes and thus it flew by pretty quickly.

Time and the Rani is such a disappointing, pretty mediocre first turn for the seventh incarnation of the doctor. I will talk more about him later, but first let’s say that this serial is the weakest of the entire season. It starts off abruptly and it ends disappointingly. Both the script and the action are silly and dull.

Paradise Towers is actually rather solid. It is definitely the best story of this season which isn’t really saying much but still it was a lot of fun and very moody. The episodes are uneven in quality, but at least they transport you to this world very well thanks to solid attention to detail and an interesting scenario.

Delta and the Bannermen is quite weak. The premise was promising, but the execution is typically subpar leading to a mediocre, entirely forgettable serial which is the second worst when it comes to this season.

Dragonfire is concerned too much with fantasy elements, legends and treasures for my taste, but it is an undeniably entertaining and even at times charming serial with a particularly fun last episode.

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Doctor Who Season 24 Review

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So let’s talk about the doctor. Sylvester McCoy is very odd. This actor just doesn’t suit the role of the famous doctor in my opinion. He definitely became better in later episodes as he was quite frustrating and annoying in the first story, but still he remains odd, unappealing and way too physically different – too short with a much different than usual voice and also personality. Let’s hope that I get accustomed to him sooner rather than later.

Overall, this season is definitely pretty weak. It is actually rather fun and entertaining at times plus it’s refreshingly short in length, but still the stories are mostly disappointing and the Seventh Doctor did not get a proper start at all.

 

Worst Serial: Time of the Rani.

Best Serial: Paradise Towers.

 

Worst Episodes: Time of the Rani Part One, Time of the Rani Part Two and Delta and the Bannermen Part One.

Best Episodes: Paradise Towers Part One, Paradise Towers Part Three and Dragonfire Part Three.

My Rating – 3.2

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Doctor Who Season 23 (1986)

Doctor Who Season 23 Review

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Doctor Who Season 23 Review

The twenty third season of Doctor Who is actually a rather underrated, solid season which is shorter in length and thus more effective.

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There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you

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Doctor Who Season 23 Review

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Basically this entire season has only fourteen episodes which are only around twenty minutes in length. It has four serials and all are connected into one giant story. I did find its connections disappointing and of course the story never felt particularly epic, but it was still solidly executed and it worked quite often.

Let’s talk about the first and the most inferior serial which is The Mysterious Planet. I found its premise somewhat intriguing, but the serial quickly became standard Doctor Who fare with too convoluted and weakly written scenarios and dull pace.

I actually enjoyed Mindwarp even though I usually dislike the alien/monster storylines. It isn’t great or anything special really, but because the dialogue is very strong with some very interesting conversations the serial ended up being engaging and solidly made.

Terror of the Vervoids starts off weakly and certainly the first half is not as good as the second one, but the serial is definitely interesting in its plant-like villains with a couple of very memorable action sequences and solid Doctor. Once again the dialogue was quite good.

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Doctor Who Season 23 Review

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The Ultimate Foe only has two episodes, but both are quite good actually. The story is very political in tone for better and for worse, but I liked the Master’s role quite a bit and the Doctor himself is also solid. A really well done story for sure.

So overall, this season is solid. It is far from great and is not all too well connected, but at least it is shorter and much more compact in length and thus more engaging. It is well written with solid dialogue and I also really liked some of its stories here. Colin Baker is finished and unfortunately I have to say that he is one of the weakest Doctors so far. He was just never particularly interesting or memorable.

 

Worst Serial: The Mysterious Planet.

Best Serial: The Ultimate Foe.

 

Worst Episodes: The Mysterious Planet Part One, The Mysterious Planet Part Three and The Mysterious Planet Part Four.

Best Episodes: Mindwarp Part Three, Terror of the Vervoids Part Four and The Ultimate Foe Part One.

My Rating – 3.4

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Doctor Who Season 22 (1985)

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Doctor Who Season 22 Review

The twenty second season of Doctor Who is the worst one so far. The new format did not change anything and the series is still stuck with the same kinds of stories told over and over again.

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When did they last show something worth watching, eh?

When did we last see a decent execution?

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Doctor Who Season 22 Review

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So the format here changes from four to two episodes per serial but the episodes last for forty minutes and are thus doubled in length so what we get is pretty much the same runtime that we had before.

Attack of the Cybermen is another subpar story concerning the Cybermen whom I never found interesting and thus the entire serial bored me. Vengeance on Varos is naturally the standout serial of this entire season. It is just solid and far from great as it’s very uneven, but because its storyline with a television show where humans fight each other to the death is interesting and important the serial easily takes the cake as the most entertaining and best written one here.

The Mark of the Rani is another one of those serials where it is up to the Doctor to foil some partnership between two defying fractions. I always found these storylines uninteresting and typical and this one is no exception.

The Two Doctors is ridiculously disappointing. You would think that the return of the Fourth Doctor and the reunion with the current one would bring a hugely entertaining story and what we got is the opposite. Although it has its moments, it is mostly a boring, slow and uninspired serial which is just not fun.

Timelash is famous for being one of the worst Doctor Who serials in the show’s history and it surely is quite bad. The storyline is ridiculous, the historical accuracy is non-existent and the monsters and overall action are too silly and campy to be taken seriously.

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Doctor Who Season 22 Review

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Revelation of the Daleks is actually the second best story of this season which I did not expect having in mind that I despise the Daleks. But because it gave us once again phenomenal Davros, I was more than happy with the end result which is not great, but is perfectly solid and entertaining.

Overall, the new format is basically the same when you think about it. This season has two solid serials, but all of the others are pretty subpar leading to a very weak season which is the worst one so far. Colin Baker is also not great and he needs better stories to prove himself in this famous role.

 

Worst Serials: Attack of the Cybermen and Timelash.

Best Serials: Vengeance on Varos and Revelation of the Daleks.

 

Worst Episodes: Attack of the Cybermen Part One and Timelash Part Two.

Best Episodes: Vengeance on Varos Part One and Vengeance on Varos Part Two.

My Rating – 3.2

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Doctor Who Season 21 (1984)

Doctor Who Season 21 Review

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Doctor Who Season 21 Review

The twenty first season of Doctor Who is a sometimes inspired and sometimes very weak season which is overall messy and all over the place.

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No, my dear Doctor, you must die!

Die, Doctor!

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Doctor Who Season 21 Review

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Warriors of the Deep is another one of those futuristic episodes where everyone is divided into fractions and the war is brewing etc. The Silurians and Sea Devils are here and the episode is just filled with too many characters and subplots.

The Awakening is a pretty uninspired in story episode which deals with an uninteresting story which basically becomes a monster story too quickly. Frontios is again somewhat of a monster story with insects this time around and it is pretty forgettable to be honest.

Resurrection of the Daleks is another boring Dalek-centered episode but thankfully this time around it only consists of two episodes and not four so it flew by pretty quickly. I actually really liked Planet of Fire, at least to a degree because it is too silly. But the Master is pretty memorable and menacing here leading to a pretty entertaining serial.

The Caves of Androzani starts off pretty slowly, but the last two episodes are very strong with the finale being the standout one of course. I loved the regeneration sequence and the episode felt very climactic and again menacing. We say goodbye to Peter Davison here and although solid and serviceable, he never really came into his own here and was mostly just a pretty face.

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Doctor Who Season 21 Review

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The Twin Dilemma introduces us to the Sixth Doctor played by Colin Baker. The serial itself, although not as horrible as most deem it, is pretty mediocre overall and not worth talking about. Too many monsters and silly scenarios. As for Colin Baker, he seems like a very interesting doctor to me, at least for now. His unstable, erratic and selfish behavior is different than usual for the doctor and I am definitely intrigued for his turn in the role.

This season in the end is pretty solid and sometimes quite good and with menacing villains. The first half of the serial is quite mediocre, but the last half is mostly solid and I am intrigued for the Sixth Doctor and how he will play out.

 

Worst Serials: Warriors of the Deep and The Awakening.

Best Serials: Planet of Fire and The Caves of Androzani.

 

Worst Episodes: Warriors of the Deep Part One, Warriors of the Deep Part Three, The Awakening Part Three and The Awakening Part Four.

Best Episodes: The Caves of Androzani Part One, The Caves of Androzani Part Two, The Caves of Androzani Part Three and The Caves of Androzani Part Four.

My Rating – 3.3

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Doctor Who Season 20 (1983)

Doctor Who Season 20 Review

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Doctor Who Season 20 Review

The twentieth season of Doctor Who is a pretty solid season and a fine improvement over its couple of predecessors. It’s a step in the right direction.

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You’re missing the point.

Enlightenment was not the diamond.

Enlightenment was the choice

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Doctor Who Season 20 Review

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The first of the seven serials is Arc of Infinity which is somewhat of a mystery suspense thriller serial and although it sounds great on paper, in execution it is pretty mediocre as none of its episodes are fun at all. A major disappointment.

Snakedance is your typical Doctor Who hogwash with an over-reliance on magical items, mysterious history, aliens and all those blockbuster material. Not my favorite type of Doctor Who storytelling for sure.

Mawdryn Undead isn’t greatly executed, but still it’s a pretty solid story and overall serial where we follow an alien who is living amongst humans. I like these types of stories and although this one is very flawed, it is also quite engaging and solid in the end.

Terminus is ridiculous in terms of story and overly bombastic in its approach. It is overly dramatic and spectacular and a more subtle approach was much needed this time around. But then again the premise itself is too bombastic.

Enlightenment is absolutely terrific! It is such a phenomenal sci-fi humanist tale with great message, dialogue and an epic scope to it. The story is smart, the characters are memorable and the serial is so well filmed and executed leading to what is arguably the best Doctor Who serial in quite a while.

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Doctor Who Season 20 Review

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The King’s Demons is another one of those alternate history serials and although I usually like those, this one was overly short and thus not particularly memorable. It needed a better story and more memorable characters.

The Five Doctors is the last serial here which is basically a special that functions as a feature film running at around ninety or so minutes. It is a flawed and overly silly story, but definitely immensely charming. The biggest selling point here is seeing all of the five doctors. The first one is very well acted by Richard Hurndall who is a solid replacement for William Hartnell and of course I loved seeing the Third Doctor who remains my favorite one so far.

Overall, this season again has many weak serials and forgettable stories, but a couple of them are actually quite good and definitely a step in the right direction. I liked this season, but I hope to see more memorable Peter Davison in later seasons.

 

Worst Serials: Arc of Infinity and Snakedance.

Best Serials: Enlightenment and The Five Doctors.

 

Worst Episodes: Arc of Infinity Part One, Arc of Infinity Part Three, Snakedance Part Three and Snakedance Part Four.

Best Episodes: Enlightenment Part One, Enlightenment Part Two, Enlightenment Part Three and Enlightenment Part Four.

My Rating – 3.4

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Doctor Who Season 19 (1982)

Doctor Who Season 19 Review

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Doctor Who Season 19 Review

The nineteenth season of Doctor Who is a slight improvement over the previous couple of seasons. It is still far from great, but at least it has its great moments.

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Why do I always let my curiosity get the better of me?

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Doctor Who Season 19 Review

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Castrovalva started off pretty well but then the second half became not particularly interesting or good. Here we are first introduced to the Fifth Doctor played by Peter Davison. I find his voice too similar to Tom Baker’s but he is a different and for now at least more interesting and likable doctor, at least in my opinion. I have good hopes for him.

Four to Doomsday has a typical but still very interesting premise, especially back in its day. However, the execution is so weak and the villain is ineffective that it ultimately ends up being a lost potential.

Kinda is an interesting tale of a possible Earth colonization. I really liked its very intriguing setting and its atmosphere is very strong, but its typically monster-oriented storyline bored me honestly. I do realize their appeal to others, but to me the monster stories are the weakest from this show.

The Visitation is set in 1666 London during the Great Plague and is one of those alternate history episodes and those are my cup of tea and thus I ended up liking it quite a bit. It isn’t great, but it features a very interesting story and a great setting/time period well explored.

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Doctor Who Season 19 Review

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Black Orchid is actually one of the strongest Doctor Who serials in quite a while thanks in no small part to its very different than usual story which basically serves as an Agatha Christie-like mystery set in the year 1925. I really liked the mystery, the slow pace and the villain – all really well done.

Earthshock is another Cybermen storyline and thus I lost my interest pretty quickly as those are the famous Doctor Who villains alongside the Daleks whom I have never cared for at all. Time-Flight is an overly convoluted and complicated time travel nonsense that serves as a weak conclusion to this season which is overall a pretty solid starter for Peter Davison with some very solid and even competent serials, but overall it remains uninspired for the most part with dull monster or alien stories.

 

Worst Serials: Earthschock and Time-Flight.

Best Serials: Black Orchid and The Visitation.

 

Worst Episodes: Earthshock Part One, Earthshock Part Two, Earthshock Part Three and Earthshock Part Four.

Best Episodes: Black Orchid Part One, Black Orchid Part Two, The Visitation Part One and The Visitation Part Two.

My Rating – 3.3

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Doctor Who Season 18 (1980)

Doctor Who Season 18 Review

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Doctor Who Season 18 Review

The eighteenth season of Doctor Who is another weak season and the last one featuring the Fourth Doctor played by Tom Baker.

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Surely you realize something here must be wrong

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Doctor Who Season 18 Review

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And I really did not mind saying goodbye to him as I never liked him particularly. I am Looking forward to what Peter Davison is going to bring to the table and I hope he’s more memorable. As for this season, it is another pretty mediocre one with only a couple of solid serials.

The Leisure Hive is another pretty tired premise and a pretty ordinary, previously seen Doctor Who serial which doesn’t distinguish itself from others at all. Meglos deals with a solid alien structure, but when it introduced theft into its storyline, it became much more forgettable and uninteresting.

Full Circle has a better first half than the second weaker one, but it does feature a pretty solid, mysterious storyline with a pretty good mood to it. State of Decay is probably the finest story of this season. Certainly the vampire angle is lame, but I loved the story nonetheless as it was an interesting alternative history story which works as a historical with aliens thrown into the mix and those show’s episodes are usually the best.

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Doctor Who Season 18 Review

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Warriors’ Gate I honestly did not see because it is not available for streaming so I cannot possibly comment upon it. The Keeper of Traken is your regular creature feature which is boring and entirely disposable. Logopolis definitely is solid. I liked that it has the Master in it finally and it features a pretty solid script. But this is one of the weakest regenerations so far as it was particularly forgettable and those scenes should be unforgettable.

In the end, this season definitely has its good serials, but most of them are way too boring, uninspired and far too typical for this show. The show is definitely feeling pretty stale and repetitive by this point and I do hope that the Fourth Doctor changes that. I hope he brings freshness to the series that desperately needs it.

 

Worst Episodes: The Leisure Hive Part One, The Leisure Hive Part Two, The Keeper of Traken Part Two and The Keeper of Traken Part Three.

Best Episodes: State of Decay Part One, State of Decay Part Two, State of Decay Part Three and State of Decay Part Four.

My Rating – 3.3

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Doctor Who Season 17 (1979)

Doctor Who Season 17 Review

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Doctor Who Season 17 Review

The seventeenth season of Doctor Who is another weak season with most of the serials being pretty mediocre.

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Do you mean an alien’s trying to steal the Mona Lisa?

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Doctor Who Season 17 Review

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Destiny of the Daleks is another very weak Daleks’ story and of course I was bored by it. It is easily the worst serial of this season. City of Death is actually pretty solid as this conspiracy thriller storyline with a couple of excellent scenes and a very strong, fun story.

The Creature from the Pit definitely has an overly familiar storyline that we’ve seen countless times by now with the monster and everything. However, it is still a solid serial thanks in no small part to a pretty terrific, memorable villain who posed some serious threat and stole the show here.

Nightmare of Eden has a pretty solid premise which is actually rather original when you think about it, but the realization of said premise is not all that great leading to a weaker than should have been serial.

The Horns of Nimon is pretty much the same. The premise is solid and fun, but the execution not so much and I wanted more entertainment from it. I was disappointed in it quite a bit.

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Doctor Who Season 17 Review

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Overall, this season is definitely not bad thanks to a couple of solid serials, but most stories here are weak and not particularly memorable. Romana is still not all that memorable and although this season is shorter with just twenty episodes in it, it was still boring and it needs change for sure. It needs more companions which the next season will finally bring us thankfully.

 

Worst Serials: Destiny of the Daleks and The Horns of Nimon.

Best Serials: City of Death and The Creature from the Pit.

 

Worst Episodes: Destiny of the Daleks Part One, Destiny of the Daleks Part Two and Destiny of the Daleks Part Three.

Best Episodes: City of Death Part One, City of Death Part Four and The Creature from the Pit Part Two.

My Rating – 3.2

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Doctor Who Season 16 (1978)

Doctor Who Season 16 Review

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Doctor Who Season 16 Review

The sixteenth season of Doctor Who is unfortunately one of the weakest so far and it should have easily been one of the best.

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Ah, they say it’s a theoretic absurdity –

and that’s something I’ve always wanted to be lost in

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Doctor Who Season 16 Review

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I am talking about its format which is basically one storyline throughout the whole season. The season is called The Key to Time and the Doctor and Romana search for one powerful artifact through the whole season and thus it is all linked and connected, but unfortunately only through that goal and is otherwise separated and not at all as exciting as it should have been.

The Ribos Operation starts off really promisingly but ends up being a total bore. It has a solid, amusing story and is better than most of the serials here but still nothing too interesting. The Pirate Planet is actually incredibly annoying in its childish approach and ridiculously silly dialogue and characters.

The Stones of Blood has a better first half as the second one disappointed me but that mystic character was very memorable and she stole the show here and made this serial stand out from the rest quite successfully.

The Androids of Tara has androids and well, they threw that away unfortunately as they are not well utilized at all and the entire story and characters here are forgettable. The Power of Kroll is another one of those “middling with the natives” storylines and, needless to say, I was bored with it. The Armageddon Factor has a surprisingly memorable ending and an effective end twist, but other than that, it is not memorable and the serial is overlong.

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Doctor Who Season 16 Review

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Overall, I liked the goal of this season and I like Romana as she is quite a solid new companion for the Doctor, but the approach should have been better as well as the execution. It should have been more and better connected and the storylines are mostly pretty dull and unexciting. It is one giant missed opportunity at true, nuanced entertainment.

 

Worst Serials: The Pirate Planet and The Power of Kroll.

Best Serials: The Ribos Operation and The Stones of Blood.

 

Worst Episodes: The Power of Kroll Part Two, The Pirate Planet Part One and The Pirate Planet Part Two.

Best Episodes: The Stones of Blood Part One, The Stones of Blood Part Two and The Armageddon Factor Part Six.

My Rating – 3.2

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