November 28, 2011
Doctor Who #58: Colony in Space
Title: Doctor Who: "Colony in Space"
Episodes: 6, at 25 minutes each; the fourth story (of five) from season eight
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Michael E. Briant
Writer: Malcolm Hulke
Starring: Jon Pertwee
With: Katy Manning, Roger Delgado, Nicholas Pennell, John Ringham, Roy Skelton, Helen Worth, Bernard Kay, Morris Perry, Tony Caunter, Nicholas Courtney
Music: Ron Grainer (theme); Dudley Simpson
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), a few days ago
Synopsis: poor colonists and a mining corporation want the same planet
Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 1/4 (Bad)
Characters: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog: 1/4 (Bad)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 1/4 (Bad). Terrible effects, mediocre design.
Acting: 1/4 (Bad)
Music: 0/4 (Terrible)
Subjective Rating: 2/10 (Terrible, 0/4). Sloppy and unimaginative. There is no redeeming value, except for the fact that it is associated with a usually good show. It's not nearly as bad as the worst Doctor Who stories, though (and that is a testament to just how bad Doctor Who can get).
Objective Rating (Average): 1.0/4 (Bad)