Doctor Who #156: Battlefield


Title: Doctor Who: “Battlefield
Year: 1989
Network: BBC
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Michael Kerrigan
Writer: Ben Aaronovitch
Starring: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney
Music: Ron Grainer (theme), Keff McCulloch
Episodes: 4, at 25 minutes; the first story (of 4) from season 26
Synopsis: figures from Arthurian legend invade from a parallel universe, and recognize the Doctor as Merlin
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), a few days ago
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 6/10 (points off for dialog, cinematography, special effects/design and music) c. 2.1/4 (Okay).

Good for late 80’s Doctor Who. Reasonably well-written, but the music and visuals are awful. Like Aaronovitch’s other story (“Remembrance of the Daleks”), it has a lot that’s probably significantly more fun for a fan than for a casual viewer.


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