June 20, 2009

Doctor Who #27: The War Machines

Title: Doctor Who: “The War Machines
Year: 1966
Network: BBC
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Michael Ferguson
Writer: Ian Stuart Black, story by Kit Pedler
Starring: William Hartnell, Jackie Lane, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze
Music: Ron Grainer (theme)
Episodes: 4, at 25 minutes; the last story (of 10) from season 3
Synopsis: a military computer tries to conquer humanity with robots
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), January 2009
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for story, dialog and special effects/design) c. 2.5/4 (Okay).

One of the worst-written episodes of the entire series (despite having more or less the same story as Terminator), but executed well enough to make up for it.  Directed well, very melodramatic.

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