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The Fourth Doctor - The Android Invasion

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« on: March 12, 2011, 01:02:42 pm »

by Terry Nation

Starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen with Ian Marter.

Production Code: 4J

First Transmitted:
1 - 22/11/1975 17:45
2 - 29/11/1975 17:45
3 - 06/12/1975 17:45
4 - 13/12/1975 17:45

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'Resistance is inadvisable.' Stupid, tiresome and very irritating. Kenneth Williams' description of episode two in his diaries: 'Doctor Who gets more and more silly.'
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2011, 08:21:01 pm »

This is a brilliant, yet rarely seen classic. I have managed to retain for myself a grainy VHS copy taped off UK Gold about 20 years ago. First thing to say, it is directed by the late, great Barry Letts. The second thing is that there are one or notable exits in the story - the amazing John Levine and the tragic Ian Marter both make their last appearances as Benton and Harry Sullivan respectively. Written by Terry Nation it has a feel of an Avengers Episode with dopplegangers, people behaving oddly and mysterious research establishments. It has one or two plot holes in it but they are more than compensated for by the brilliant Milton Johns who is just ever so slightly miscast as Guy Crayford, experimental deep space rocket test pilot Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2011, 12:28:32 am »

I have a VHS version of this, and I find it enjoyable, though it suffers slightly by comparison, coming between Pyramids of Mars and The Brain of Morbius.  There's one line by Sarah Jane that's exactly the kind of thing she'd say in SJA and exactly the way she'd say it.  That's fun.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 01:10:33 am »

I thought this story was pretty entertaining and fun. While the plot was a little predictable (i.e. everyone starting to move at once in the beginning) it was still another new story for Doctor Who. I love this show for the wide range of story types and tones it does.
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