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Feature 5.5
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 5.6
Distributor: BBC
Running Time:
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
James Wright

5.6


Doctor Who Snakedance

Even though I'm not a huge Doctor Who fan, more specifically, a Whovian, I actually enjoy the odd Doctor Who episode here and there. The latest incarnation of this character rocks, however its predecessors sometimes leave a lot to be desired, especially those classic BBC special effects.

Don't get me wrong, there have been some wonderful classic Doctor Who episodes and I have a few soft spots for the actors that played the glorious time lord but even these Doctors have their bad episodes. Apart from Peter Davison as the good Doctor, Snakedance features some interesting performances from some of England's greats that include Martin Clunes and Janet Fielding but just what were thinking?

Apart from a comedic rubber snake, Doctor Who Snakedance revolves around the lovely Teagan being possessed by a creepy sentient snake creature that links its darkness to that of humanity. The plot here is simple, find out what on Earth is wrong with Teagan and we better do this fast before she is lost forever or does something that she may ultimately regret. Her split personality from good to evil is actually a little disturbing to watch that would definitely see her institutionalised today but hey... she actually succeeded in this faux possession well.

As each of the episodes included in this release follow each other, you begin to wonder why didn't the Doctor do this or why he didn't do that because the solution is quite simplistic but for the majority of the time, the Doctor is bumbling around like a dotard. Scarily enough, I've actually seen worse Doctor Who episodes than this but the highlights of the story are Martin Clune as Lon, a stuck-up young man who really over acts and of course, the fake snake that looks really... really... REALLY bad and very cringe worthy. I actually grew up watching Davison as Doctor Who but somehow this episode was blighted from my memory.

Video, Audio & Special Features

The video and audio quality is nothing impressive and due to the age of this release, it is acceptable but don't expect nothing special. Colours are a little muted, sound is dull and unfortunately this just makes the whole Doctor Who experience quite lacking. Special Features contain the stock standard snippets and is nothing more than fluff.

In the end, Doctor Who Snakedance is not the worst Doctor Who release but is getting close. The story is slow, the characters seem out of character and the special effects are a hoot. Oh well, I guess this is for the purists or for those 20 or so people that enjoyed this storyline.






 
 



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