Doctor Who #55: Terror of the Autons

Title: Doctor Who“Terror of the Autons”
Year: 1971
Network: BBC
Episodes: 4, at 25 minutes each; the first story (of five) from season eight
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Barry Letts
Writer: Robert Holmes
Starring: Jon Pertwee
With: Nicholas Courtney, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Michael Wisher, Harry Towb, Stephen Jack, Barbara Leake, Christopher Burgess, John Baskcomb
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); Dudley Simpson
Editing: Geoffrey Botterill
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: The Master helps plastic-controlling aliens invade Earth

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:1/4 (Bad)
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:0/4 (Terrible)
Special effects/design:1/4 (Bad)
Acting:2/4 (Indifferent)
Music:2/4 (Indifferent)
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay, 2/4 (Indifferent)). The Master’s introduction to the series. Sadly, the fact that he’s a renegade Timelord has no relevence to the plot. If you could call it a plot. Apart from a handful of nice character moments, everything is done quite badly. But it’s a campy sort of bad that’s entertaining.
Objective Rating (Average):1.9/4 (Eh)


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