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Ugh. There are parts of this that work, but on the whole is less than the sum of the parts. Or, there are a couple of parts so deleterious they tank the enterprise. Which is a shame, because the arc of the Plantagenet character within the story is sort of rare in the series: we don't often see an unlikable character learn and grow in the course of a story, so when it happens it's novel and redemptive.
|Brazen, Plantagenet, Five, and Turlough after a meteor storm attack.|
It's possible to argue, I think, that the Doctor was saying he thought the TARDIS was destroyed, but really knew there was a chance it was still recoverable, but even if you can somehow make that case on slim evidence, I don't see how you can explain Turlough and Tegan basically shrugging it off, never even allowing them a moment to react to the fact they think they are stuck for the rest of their lives on that meteor-bombarded planet. There is nothing we've ever seen to that point about Tegan's character that indicates she would accept the destruction of the TARDIS, and her hopes of ever getting home being dashed, with anything like the nonchalance she displays here. So we sit there, completely taken out of the story, wondering what went wrong. Were they supposed to show some clue the characters didn't really believe the TARDIS was destroyed? Did something get edited out by mistake to make the story fit the runtime? Did the characters undergo so life-altering experience we didn't see that would make their reactions comprehensible? If these are the kinds of questions we're asking ourselves, the story is doomed as a piece of entertainment.*
|While they're looking at Frontios, I suspect more than a few eyes are|
drawn to the illicit glimpse of Tegan's bra. Eyes on the screen, sailor!
* Sadly, the production has a tragic backstory that certainly couldn't have helped anyone involved feel good about it.↩