Doctor Who #129: The King’s Demons

Title: Doctor Who“The King’s Demons”
Year: 1983
Network: BBC
Episodes: 2, at 25 minutes each; the last story (of six) from season twenty
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Tony Virgo
Writer: Terence Dudley
Starring: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); Jonathan Gibbs & Peter Howell

My reaction
Synopsis: someone’s impersonating King John
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Bad. No ending…
Characters: Indifferent.
Dialog: Indifferent.
Pacing: Bad. Maybe if they’d moved a bit faster they could have had time for an ending.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Good. Wait, what? Good special effects? Weird. The robot is animatronic, but I had thought it was a guy in a suit.
Acting: Indifferent.
Music: Bad.
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent). It would be a good start to a story. But when they get to what feels like half-way through, it just stops. The Doctor and friends just pick up and leave, assume everything will work out on its own, and that’s the end of the season. What the hell?
Objective Rating: 1.8/4 (Eh).


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