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Kinda- This is far superior to the previous stories in this season, and one of my all time favourites. I think this is the story in which Peter Davison's Doctor becomes fully defined and he really gets into the role. He is good in the previous two stories but from this point on he excels in the role. This is also the first story in which we fully get to see what Janet Fielding is capable of, acting wise. She gives a magnificent performance, and is one of the strongest parts of the story. The dialogue is well written and the plot is great. The whole cast do a wonderful job, and there are certainly memorable performances on display here. The sets and costume design also look great. The appearance of the snake in the final part is the only real negative, but it's such a minor thing that it isn't going to make me remove points from it.

Overall- 10/10

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4 hours ago, The Friendly Dalek said:

Kinda- This is far superior to the previous stories in this season, and one of my all time favourites. I think this is the story in which Peter Davison's Doctor becomes fully defined and he really gets into the role. He is good in the previous two stories but from this point on he excels in the role. This is also the first story in which we fully get to see what Janet Fielding is capable of, acting wise. She gives a magnificent performance, and is one of the strongest parts of the story. The dialogue is well written and the plot is great. The whole cast do a wonderful job, and there are certainly memorable performances on display here. The sets and costume design also look great. The appearance of the snake in the final part is the only real negative, but it's such a minor thing that it isn't going to make me remove points from it.

Overall- 10/10

The snake isn't too bad at the end if you have the updated special effects enabled.

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2 minutes ago, shodgson said:

The snake isn't too bad at the end if you have the updated special effects enabled.

I'm sort of a purist in the sense that I always watch the original versions. :D

I have seen the updated one just to try it out, but other than that once I've always stuck to the original.

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On 11/25/2018 at 9:30 PM, The Friendly Dalek said:

The Leisure Hive- We now enter 80s Who and I don't think that it is a problem at all. I love the 80s. :lol:

From the very beginning, everything feels different. For one, there is a radically different title sequence and theme, and honestly I prefer this version of the theme to the original (I know, blasphemy right? :P)

Tom Baker gets a new outfit for this Season, and I really like it. Everything looks more glossy and bright, and the score certainly sounds like the 80s. It all looks great, but the story falters in terms of character and dialogue. The villains are not memorable at all either.

Overall- 6/10.

I just LOVE the title sequence and theme. Just class.

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The Visitation- This is another one that I really like.

The regulars are brilliant, and the supporting cast are good as well. Michael Robbins gives a really good performance. The set and costume design is wonderful.

The dialogue is wonderful, the story is pretty good, and the ending is interesting. The Terileptils are great monsters, and their design is pretty cool. 

I really don't have any issues with this story. I think of it a lot more highly than most people, but I do really love it and I have to be honest on these reviews.

Overall- 10/10.

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Black Orchid- The first purely historical story since The Highlanders, and unfortunately the very last one. It is a very enjoyable story. The characters are fine, and the dialogue is good. The costumes and set design is fantastic. The only flaw with the story is that fact that it is so simple and lacks much depth (but depending on how I'm feeling I sometimes view that as a positive). The story is very short and moves nicely and at a quick pace.

Overall- 9/10.

Earthshock- This story sees the return of the Cybermen, and it is a great return for them. The Cybermen themselves are brilliant in this story (and I do have a soft spot for the design of the '80s Cybermen). The first episode in the cave is highly atmospheric and suspenseful. Sadly I don't think the story retains that level of high quality from the second episode onwards. It is still good, but the majority of characters aren't interesting and the acting is pretty bad at times. The story itself is full of holes and I find that it drags a little towards the end. However the ending pulls this episode way back up. For those who haven't seen this story I won't spoil what the ending is, but it is certainly an emotional one and is one of the few times in this show when something like that happens and remains permanent. 

Overall- 7/10.

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Just to inform all of you who do read this, I had to miss yesterday's story as I spent the day up in Birmingham. At some point today I will watch what would have been yesterday's story and then continue as normal. :D

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Time-Flight-  This is undoubtedly one of the worst Doctor Who stories ever made. There is absolutely nothing good about this one. The story is crazy in concept, and there was no way they could ever make it well on their budget. I'm all for an ambitious tale but this was too far. It all looks awful. The acting and writing is terrible, and Anthony Ainley is unfortunately wasted. I think it is made even worse by the fact that it is the finale of a fairly strong Season, so it will be compared to the previous stories in the Season which are all better than it.

Overall- 1/10 

Overall for Season 19- 8/10.

Another very strong Season. Peter Davison is brilliant, and the other regulars are also very good. Many of the stories in this Season are very high quality, but a few bad ones ruin it. The writing is very good, and the show managed to escape the trap of being stuck under the shadow of the Tom Baker era. The Davison era kicks off with a great start and I don't miss Tom at all (now don't misinterpret me here, I love Tom Baker, of course I do. What I mean is, I didn't long to have Tom Baker still in the role at this point, Davison is a welcome breath of fresh air for the show, and I think that Tom left at the perfect time).

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Arc Of Infinity- Unfortunately this is another story I don't really like.

The characters are for the most part bland and unmemorable. Omega is wasted, the character is no where near as well written or well acted as in The Three Doctors. Peter Davison is good, and his portrayal of Omega in the final episode is one the story's best aspects. It is nice to see the Time Lords again, and Colin Baker is actually pretty good as Commander Maxil.

The direction is flat and the dialogue is mostly poor. The costumes look rubbish, especially Omega's. The story itself is boring and I think it drags.

Overall- 3/10.

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Snakedance- Unfortunately not as good as Kinda but still decent. Martin Cloones and Collete O'Neil are the best aspects of this story, they are both highly entertaining. The rest of the supporting cast are fine but no one else really stands out. The story is alright but no where near as well written as in Kinda. The Mara is still a good villain, and Janet Fielding is again fantastic.

Overall- 7/10.

Mawdryn Undead- I think this is a highly under rated story. The regulars are brilliant, and Valentine Dyall is wonderful as the Black Guardian. The return of Nicholas Courtney is great, and his performance is very good. The story itself is well written and interesting. Mark Strickson is great as Turlough, and he actually goes on to become one of my favourite companions. I absolutely love the character and Strickson's performance. David Collings does a great job as Mawdryn. If I have any issues with it it's the fact that the story takes a bit of time to actually get going. The first episode especially is very slow. 

Overall- 9/10.

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Terminus- Nothing works here. This is a very bad story. In fact I'd say it is one of the worst in the show's history. There is not a single thing about it I enjoy.

The acting is rubbish from just about everyone (see the cliffhanger for episode 1). The regulars try their best but the dialogue is atrocious. The story itself is badly written, with the episode 4 twist being ludicrous, and the rather depressing subject matter makes the whole thing a chore to sit through. The Garm creature looked terrible as well.

This is also the final story for Sarah Sutton in the role of Nyssa, and it doesn't do the character justice at all. Her final on screen interactions with The Doctor and Tegan makes for a good scene, but the reason for her departure is one I don't like.

Overall- 1/10.

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Enlightenment- A massively under rated one. This is easily one of my favourite stories of the Davison era (hence why this is the film I have signed by him). I love everything about it. The acting and characters are fantastic. Mark Strickson especially stands out as Turlough. Peter Davison is also great. Linda Baron is highly entertaining. The effects look good in the original version, so that's the version I watch. This story serves as a very satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of stories.

Overall- 10/10.

The King's Demons- Another meh story. It isn't really that memorable. It is very short so at least it doesn't drag at all. The regulars are good and the supporting cast are passable. Anthony Ainley is once again wasted. Kamelion was an interesting idea, but unfortunately far too ambitious for the show at this time. 

Overall- 5/10. 

Nothing really sticks out as bad about it. It is jsit really uneventful and unmemorable. It is fine for a quick watch to pass the time but that's about it in my opinion.

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