Doctor Who #125: Snakedance

Title: Doctor Who“Snakedance”
Year: 1983
Network: BBC
Episodes: 4, at 25 minutes each; the second story (of six) from season twenty
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Fiona Cumming
Writer: Christopher Bailey
Starring: Peter Davison
With: Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, John Carson, Colette O’Neil, Preston Lockwood, Martin Clunes, Jonathon Morris, Brian Miller
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); Peter Howell
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: a thought-creature plots its return to reality

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad) Minus a point or two for being a sequel to “Kinda.”
Story:1/4 (Bad) At least it’s basically coherent this time.
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing:3/4 (Good)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:1/4 (Bad)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4 (Indifferent)). A simpler, more accessible version of “Kinda.” What was bad there is bad here, but not quite as much. And what was good there is good here, but not quite as much.
Objective Rating (Average):2/4 (Indifferent)


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