21-7: "The Twin Dilemma"
Posted Oct 23, 2010 @ 4:14 PM
Opinions on the story are just that, and I tend to like stories which are considered to be duds ("Invisible Enemy," "Time-Flight", among others), but there is something about the way this era of the show was done which bothers me. I blame Eric Saward, but then, I'm sure there are others to blame, or credit, depending on your POV.
I mostly wanted to talk about the commentary for this episode, which I really enjoyed, and which was the last Colin Baker recorded (he'd already done tracks for all his other stories). I can't say enough about how much I appreciate the humorous and positive attitude Colin often takes in spite of being so royally screwed over. He could use the commentaries to complain all day long and to rhapsodize about how superior the new version is and how the original was so much worse (I think some actors have done this), but he and Nicola Bryant manage to refer to some of the not-so-happy times of that era while still letting us know about the positive moments and trying to be fair to the episodes.
This commentary also had Kevin McNally, who played Hugo Lang, who was a second male lead throughout the story. I was so used to this era of the show slaughtering anyone and everyone I was surprised that Hugo lived to the end. He also seemed to fit in with the Doctor and Peri. I wish they'd considered keeping him around.
The most interesting part of the commentary was when the three spoke about their working relationship. Colin and Kevin behaved like kids, and Kevin had no idea that Nicola and Colin weren't getting along at this time. Apparently Peter Davison had spent weeks winding Nicola up about how bad Colin was to work with, and Nicola didn't know he was just joking. His behavior with Kevin only made her assume the worst, and it was only after they had a meal and talked that they became friends. One point of contention was that Colin bit her on the bottom when one scene was being taped. Then Kevin did the same thing later. She, in her words I think, "slugged" him.
Posted Oct 27, 2010 @ 11:52 AM
But yes this is a major black stain on the show, and on Colin's era. Infact I'd go so far as to say that if it was deleted, Colin's era would probably not seem so bad.
Posted Nov 2, 2010 @ 1:44 PM
I will say that I always liked the scene when the Tardis lands on Jaconda, and the Doctor realizes how much damage the gastropods had done to the planet. I feel that particular part of the story should have been explored more.
Posted Jan 20, 2011 @ 11:50 AM
Posted Aug 28, 2011 @ 12:14 AM
Story was too thin for the four episodes it had to fill, and could have used another draft, I think.
Posted Aug 28, 2011 @ 1:43 PM