Who Review. The Invasion of Time.

Ep. 1

Is that a new dress for Leela or has it been bleached?

She’s learnt how to work the Tardis then

Those are some funky boots

These are the Time Lords, and Gallifrey?

There’s a swimming pool in the TARDIS

I’m lost here

Rasselon, matrix, council – president of –

 

Ep. 2

The design and costumes look good

Leela is the enemy now

‘Even the sonic screwdriver won’t get me out of this one’ said to the camera

Who is Borussa the one in aubergine robes?

Why would Leela trust the Doctor now?

She’s been locked out of the TARDIS

Why is the Doctor –

I don’t understand

What is K9 doing

Who is invading them?

That laugh by Tom Baker was frightening

 

Ep. 3

What are they, crackly tin foil?

Leela still trusts the Doctor

What are those green – chairs? in the corridors

The Vardans

Andred

A barbiran garden

Why must we continue to be reminded that Leela is a savage

First time outside of the citadel

Rodan being given some harsh reality. What a strange character to introduce to the story

The Doctor and those fucking jelly babies comic moments

Ep. 4

I don’t understand why the Doctor is behaving this way

Tom Baker has been fantastic in this

I like this conversation in the Tardis between the Doctor and Andred

Banishing Leela was part of the plan

Leela seems like she’s enjoying herself

It’s strange those she are with outside of the citadel are Gallifreyan but are so different to the those we have seen inside

Don’t these invaders suspect the Doctor is onto them 

The plan is to rescue the Doctor, isn’t it something that Leela has so much trust in the Doctor?

Hasn’t Leela been given a TARDIS key? That’s such a big thing in New Who

The voice of the leader Vardan is interesting

The Sontarans?

Ep. 5

These Time Lords always give the impression that they are up to something

‘Then you should remember your training in detachment’ ‘I’d rather care’

 

Ep. 6

This TARDIS interior looks naff

This seems like a very good story for a regeneration

If this is an old Tardis, what on earth do the new ones look like

There’s been plenty of people tramping about in the TARDIS in this story

That Sontaran mask looks – ? It looks terrible

I wonder which parts of the TARDIS previous companions liked and made their own corner

Verdict

I spent a lot of this story confused by what was happening. I did enjoy the final two episodes, which were set in the TARDIS. Of course, it didn’t look, or feel, like the TARDIS at all.

Tom Baker was great. But. It felt like he was enjoying himself, like the line between Tom Baker the actor and Tom Baker as the Doctor character blurred, and I don’t know how much worse this story would have been if Tom Baker hadn’t been up for this. I said in my reaction, he had been playing this character for a while at this point and I don’t know how his ego was because Tom Baker is front and centre in every scene. It’s credit to Louise Jameson that she manages to be great, even when the writing for her character is suspect. 

The Sontarans were difficult to understand at times. I liked the scenes where they were chasing the Doctor through the TARDIS. They can be menacing.

There seems to be a lot of padding to this story, but it wasn’t too slow that I got bored.  Well, emphasis on the too.

What the fuck that ending with Leela was, I don’t know. The Doctor bringing another box out with K9 Mark 2 made me hate him. What kind of goodbye was that?

3.5/5

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