Doctor Who #15: The Space Museum

Title: Doctor Who: “The Space Museum”
Year: 1965
Network: BBC
Episodes: 4, at 25 minutes each; the seventh story (of nine) from season two
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Mervyn Pinfield
Writer: Glyn Jones
Starring: William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, Maureen O’Brien
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); stock music

My reaction
Synopsis: aliens want to turn The Doctor & company into museum displays
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Good.
Characters: Indifferent.
Dialog: Good. Some nice funny bits.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Terrible. They have the hardest time getting things to stay in focus.
Special effects/design: Bad. It’s good to know that Chuck Taylors are popular on distant alien planets.
Acting: Indifferent. Much of it’s bad, but The Doctor and Vicki are both pretty delightful in this one.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It’s a silly episode, and I found it very entertaining. Unfortunately the Doctor disappears from the narrative for about an episode and a half, which is a real shame as he’s written and played better than usual for the era in this story.
Objective Rating: 2.3/4 (Okay).


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