Doctor Who #50: The War Games

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Title: Doctor Who: “The War Games
Year: 1969
Network: BBC
Episodes: 10, at 25 minutes; the last story (of 7) from season 6
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: David Maloney
Writer: Terrance Dicks & Malcolm Hulke
Starring: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury
Music: Ron Grainer (theme), Dudley Simpson

My reaction
Synopsis: abducted, brainwashed humans believe they’re fighting various historical wars on Earth
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), over the past few days
Concept: Great. Like Dark City, except the people are sent to kill each other instead of just hanging out in a weird city.
Story: Good.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Indifferent.
Pacing: Great. Ten episodes on a single story, and it never stalled. Kind of amazing.
Cinematography: Bad.
Special effects/design: Indifferent.  There’s some set-wobbling, but the design is pretty cool.
Acting: Terrible.
Music: Indifferent.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). One of the best classic Doctor Who stories I’ve seen yet. Things often get bad, but in a kitschy, entertaining sort of way (for instance, the villains are remarkably similar to The Monarch from Venture Bros., but they’re supposed to be taken seriously).
Objective Rating: 6/10 2.5/4 (Okay).


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