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The Invasion of Time: Part Six 

The Doctor and his friends take refuge in the TARDIS but find themselves pursued by Stor and Kelner.

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The Doctor and his friends take refuge in the TARDIS but find themselves pursued by Stor and Kelner.

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This is the final episode of Doctor Who (1963) to feature BBC Colour at the end of the credits. See more »

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S15: The Invasion of Time: Some good elements, but also some that are terrible (SPOILERS)
18 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Doctor returns to Gallifrey, claiming the vacant position of President and all the power that comes with that position. His motives are unclear, but a previous meeting with an unseen alien group suggest that all is not as it seems.

An interesting serial to end this series – although it is a fitting one since, like season 15, it has strengths and weaknesses, good and bad, and generally cannot seem to keep a consistency in the delivery. In its microcosm, the serial offers an interesting return to the planet of the Time Lords, and some decent attempts at a twisty political thriller. The Doctor appears to be being played, but at the same time is maneuvering to get the upper hand in all situations. It is not as smart as it needed to be, but it is a nice change of pace. The final two episodes feel tacked on in the way they change villain and threat, but it works reasonably well. The material is mixed; sometimes it feels nicely written but then frequently humor or poor writing is laid on.

The design of the aliens is probably the most memorably bad thing about it. The Vardaans are probably the worst 'alien' yet – they look like dry-cleaning bags hung up and rustled by a light breeze; I was reminded of the You Look Nice Today proposal of revamping movies by adding a character called Razzledazzle who, due to budget constraints, was just a 20-sided dice held in shot while someone jangled keys offscreen – not too far from the 'design' of these aliens. It is hard to watch seriously, and even though it seems there should be danger, it detracts a lot that the 'danger' is from 2 transparent bin bags. The return of the Sontarans is pretty good; their costumes look cheap in some ways, but they have more force to them – and are certainly more engaging than the comedy version which is the norm of the new seasons recently.

Generally, performances are okay, with Johns being nice and weasely in his character, while Arnatt adds weight. Baker is mostly good, but is a bit too comical at times – reminding one of the more recent outings. Jameson isn't offered much to do, and is given a distinctly weak exit in the general serial but also in the specific moment. Personally I wasn't ever able to totally get beyond the heavy sexual role she played, but she was not bad and probably deserved better than this (certainly it is no Susan or Jo). K9 gets better treatment, with a farewell but hope for more of him due to a sneaky kit box version.

Mostly I enjoyed this serial, but it has plenty not to like. Season 15 as a whole has been variable and with low points I'd not seen before in previous seasons, so hopefully the next season can continue the good and lift the weaker aspects.


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