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The Reign of Terror: Episode 4 - Excellent French Revolution Adventure
Christopher Evans from South Wales, UK
5 July 2014
Review for all 6 episodes:
This pure historical adventure beginning with A Land of Fear and
continuing for 6 episodes takes place in the French Revolution. It is
an excellent and thoroughly entertaining story from writer Dennis
It features William Hartnell in a wonderful double role showing his
ability to act very differently from his normal performance as The
Doctor. The story revolves around the characters being caught up with
the revolution and shows the way Dennis Spooner would continue to write
in the series mixing very serious drama with humour. This is one of his
very best efforts as sometimes later on he got that balance wrong.
There are scenes, mostly in episodes 2 and 3, that are not so great and
Carole Ann Ford as Susan is annoying at times. She is a sad shadow of
the promise of the character in 'An Unearthly Child', the writers did
let the character generally diminish in strength after the initial
promise. Apart from these minor flaws, though, the vast majority of
this story is real top quality.
This finishes the first season in the same superbly high standard that
it began. The writing of most of the first series is brilliant and the
main credit for the series must go to script editor David Whitaker and
producer Verity Lambert. The scripts and story here maintain that
brilliance. William Hartnell (The Doctor), William Russell (Ian) and
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara) also maintain their fantastic
characterisation and acting quality. The Doctor himself is particularly
tremendous in this story.
The final 3 episodes are particularly strong and thankfully there are
good animated reconstructions available with the original audio to
preserve episodes 4 and 5 for which the videos were sadly wiped.
Overall very high standard story.
My Ratings: Episodes 1, 4, 5 and 6 - 10/10, Episodes 2 & 3 - 8.5/10,
overall average rating - 9.5/10
Average Rating for Season 1 - 8.95/10
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