November 25, 2010

Doctor Who #79: Revenge of the Cybermen

Title: Doctor Who“Revenge of the Cybermen”
Year: 1975
Network: BBC
Episodes: 4, at 25 minutes each; the last story (of five) from season twelve
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Michael E. Briant
Writer: Gerry Davis
Starring: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); Carey Blyton

My reaction
Synopsis: a conspiracy involves a space outpost, an inhabited moon of Jupiter, and an approaching Cyberman ship
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Indifferent. Nice plot ideas, poorly executed.
Characters: Indifferent.
Dialog: Indifferent. A lot is bad, but Baker gets a few fun lines.
Pacing: Indifferent.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Good. Obviously rubber masks, but nicely designed as obvious rubber masks go.  Great sets and locations.
Acting: Indifferent.
Music: Indifferent.  I actually liked a lot of it, but it's not performed well and the mix is terrible.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay). It's fine. Apart from a few plot holes, there's nothing terribly wrong with it, apart from the lack of anything terribly right with it. Just not engaging.
Objective Rating: 2.1/4 (Okay).

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