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.
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?
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 &
The video and audio quality is nothing
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.