Not quite as good as Horns of Nimon
in my opinion, but a thoroughly enjoyable story nevertheless, even though Bob Baker clearly ripped off the idea of the CET machine from Carnival of Monsters
It's interesting that the production team decided to do a story of this nature. Doctor Who generally has a strong moral standpoint, so tackling an important topic like drug abuse head on was quite a brave decision, and whilst it wasn't portrayed too graphically, the Doctor's condemnation of the practise paints a very clear picture for younger members of the audience.
Great to have David Daker back, though perhaps on this occasion his character didn't have quite the same substance as that of Irongron, and I wonder whose idea it was to give Tryst a camp German accent? Who cares, it all adds to the fun of the story.
For me, what makes this story such fun is the amazing variety of amusing quotes that are littered throughout all four episodes. My favourite has to be:"Me? Well, I told you, I'm from Galactic.""Galactic went out of business twenty years ago.""I wondered why I hadn't been paid."
My favourite scene has to be the infamous "Oh... my fingers... my arms... my legs... ah... my everything... aaargh!"
scene, where the Doctor emerges from the Eden projection with shredded clothing after having been mauled by the Mandrels. Priceless!
Unplug brain and enjoy...
Rating: 3 Tom's out of 5