I had previously dismissed this story as mediocre and cast it to the back of my mind (and cupboard), though with hindsight, (and the benefit of a re watch), I now realise this policy was a tad hasty, and if approached with no expectations, The Horns of Nimon
is actually something of an overlooked jewll.
Season seventeen was Doctor Who's pantomime season; and never more so than in this story. Madcap antics from our flamboyant hero, hammy performances from Graham Crowden ("Lord Niiiiimmmmooonnn!")
, dodgy costumes (Sorak's Sydney Opera House uniform)....there's even an upright pantomime horse skulking around up to no good, menacing our Anethan babes in his self reconfiguring wood!
Tom and Lalla are, as usual fantastic, but what a shame the co-pilot got bumped off so soon, he was probably the most enjoyable supporting character of the story, and so much better than the lame Soldeed. With the "Tom Baker Show" in full flight, Nimon was the perfect vehicle for Tom's wonderful eccentricities, and the Doctor is at his blundering madcap best. Who will be able to forget the exploding TARDIS console cartoon sound effects and Tom's deadpan "That's very odd..."
line to camera. Doctor Who gold!
I loved the wonderful swaggering pantomime Nimon's, and whilst they were obviously not one of the most successful costume design's in Doctor Who's history, they are certainly iconic, and it's difficult to see how else they could have been realised on the shows shoestring budget.Horns of Nimon
is a story that is traditionally shunned by fandom, in fact I'm certain that if it was to be repeated on BBC1 this saturday evening, Great Britain would be consumed in a massive radioactive blast as thousands of people across the country all hit their remotes simaltaneously. I think as fans we have to be realistic, Nimon
is a story that only
a fan could love, and coming in at 189 out of 200 in a recent DWM poll, it would appear that not many of us
like it either. Anyway....who cares, I think it's great fun, and thankfully it's DVD release is not too far away. Anyone else looking forward to this one?
Rating: 3 Tom's out of 5