- Elf 2017
Doctor Who - Dimensions in Time
Leonard Lewis, John Nathan-Turner for BBC
directed by Stuart McDonald
starring Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Kate O'Mara, Elisabeth Sladen, Sarah Sutton, Lalla Ward, Deborah Watling, Sophie Aldred, Nicola Bryant, Louise Jameson, Carole Ann Ford, Caroline John, Bonnie Langford, John Leeson (voice), Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, Michael Fillis, Derek Handley, Shobu Kapoor, Ross Kemp, Letitia Dean, Steve McFadden, Mike Reid, Wendy Richard, John Frank Rosenblum, Pam St.Clement, Nicola Stapleton, Gilliam Taylforth, Deepak Verma, Samuel West, Martin Wilkie, Adam Woodyatt
written by John Nathan-Turner, David Roden
Doctor Who, Eastenders, Children in Need, Doctor Who Children in Need Specials, Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee), Doctor Who (Tom Baker), Doctor Who (Peter Davison), Doctor Who (Colin Baker), Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy), Rani, Liz Shaw, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Victoria Waterfield, K9
Villanous female Timelord (Timelady?) Rani (Kate O'Mara) lures no less
than five incarnations of Doctor Who (Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter
Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy) plus their companions to earth -
more precisely, London, Albert Square, home of the Eastenders,
to ... do something really evil. Now the Doctors, changing appearances and
companions all the time while repeaqtedly being thrown forwards and back
in time, try to figure out what's going on, and in the end, when
threatened by a menagerie of their foes, they do, seeing to it that the
Rani gets her just desserts.
Now the idea to have Doctor
Who - in all his five surviving incarnations - clash with the Eastenders
for an extended and elaborate comedy skit sounds inspired at least ... but
the outcome is less so, as way too much effort is put into cramming all
the Doctors and their companions into one story of less than 20 minutes,
so much so that theree's little room for any real humour, especially since
(thanks to less than brilliant Doctor Who-producer I
presume) the plotline of this special is a muddled mess and many of teh
Doctor's companions have changed quite a lot since their last appearance
on the show (often more than 20 years ago). Furthermore, there are very
few who regard the Rani as one of the Doctor's classic foes. Also, if
you're not into classic Eastenders, you will have problems
grasping the humour surrounding the then-current Albert Square residents.
Of course, for fanboys all over, this is still a great opportunity to see
an incredible number of Doctors and companions in one space, but
unfortunately it's not much more than that.
review © by Mike Haberfelner
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