Doctor Who #73: The Monster of Peladon

Title: Doctor Who: “The Monster of Peladon”
Year: 1974
Network: BBC
Episodes: 6, at 25 minutes each; the fourth story (of 5) from season 11
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Lennie Mayne
Writer: Brian Hayles
Starring: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); Dudley Simpson

My reaction
Synopsis: the Doctor returns to Peladon, where the working classes are being exploited to further an intergalactic war effort
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Bad. Of all the stories to give a sequel… yeesh.
Story: Good.
Characters: Indifferent. They’re good characters in theory, but it’s not very well-written as far as character stuff goes.
Dialog: Indifferent.
Pacing: Bad.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Bad. Greatly improved since the last Peladon story. But then there are the badger-clowns…
Acting: Indifferent.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay). I kind of hate planet Peladon, but it isn’t nearly so bad this time around.
Objective Rating: 1.9/4 (Eh).


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