14 January 2011 7:32 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Like it or not, Star Wars has always been a steadying influence on sci-fi telly since its debut in 1977. You can picture the exasperated look on Graham Williams' face as he realised that he now had to compete with a big-budget blockbuster that threw more visual trickery in your face than you could shake a magic stick at. Interestingly, despite the frugal budgets available, some of the results were not half bad. The Invasion Of Time pays homage to the film convincingly in its opening moments, while the spaceship scenes of Underworld and The Invisible Enemy are very very good indeed.

And since then, there's been the merchandise (kids today now have the Star Wars figure effect with the many Doctor Who figures), sly visual references (The End Of Time bar scene) and of course, Kamelion.

It's a nice idea, but in practice, the concept of Kamelion became a bit botched. »

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