Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 31

The Space Pirates: Episode 3 (22 Mar. 1969)

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The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe flee from the Space Corps with Clancey, who decides to seek refuge on Ta.



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Episode cast overview:
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Milo Clancey
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The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe flee from the Space Corps with Clancey, who decides to seek refuge on Ta.

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One of the least successful Doctor Who adventures in my opinion.
19 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story is one of the lower points of Doctor Who for me. It does not have a reputation as a great story but according to many commentators it is reasonably well thought of. In my opinion though it is one of the weakest entries in the series first 50 years. Bear in mind that I am comparing it to the immensely high standards of what I think is one of the finest TV series of all time. This story is not at all terrible compared to the average TV show or even the average science fiction show - compared to a lot of dross on TV this is OK. For Doctor Who though this is very disappointing. Mostly it is the pretty cheesy story and dialogue with often unimpressive American accents and some weak performances. As well as that the story lacks any real excitement or cleverness. I was generally a bit bored!

This is a 'space opera' based around Western motifs. It has 'Space Pirates' who are like bandits, a mining company and an old prospector type, 'Milo Clancey', who some fans see as a fun and interesting character. I see him as a bit of an embarrassment with his dodgy accent, over the top acting and sometimes laughable Western style dialogue. There is nothing of great quality or interest in any of the guest characters. The writing, acting and direction is pretty poor by Doctor Who's standards. One thing which is of good quality is the special effects. Almost Gerry Anderson style space ships and space stations all done very well giving some great visuals.

Apart from the good effects though, this is in my opinion one of the weakest stories in the series' rich history.

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