Doctor Who #150: Delta and the Bannermen

hatchling, in the pre-spraypainted-baby stage

Title: Doctor Who: “Delta and the Bannermen
Year: 1987
Network: BBC
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Chris Clough
Writer: Malcolm Kohll
Starring: Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford
Music: Ron Grainer (theme), Keff McCulloch
Episodes: 3, at 25 minutes; the third story (of 4) from season 24
Synopsis: a fugitive from genocidal soldiers hides in a group of alien tourists visiting 1950’s Earth
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), today
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh).
Objective Rating: 2/10 (gets points for concept and dialog) c. 1.3/4 (Bad).

For a story that’s only three episodes long, there’s a surprising amount of time spent stalling. And for a story that spends a lot of time stalling, there’s surprisingly little time spent explaining the plot or establishing characters. Everyone, including characters who couldn’t possibly have any idea what’s going on, just seems to understand everything that’s happening, and that’s going to happen, right from the start (while the audience can only hope to piece it together afterward).


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