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Nightmare of Eden: Part Four 

After succeeding in separating the two merged ships, the Doctor discovers the identities of the drug runners. He, Romana and K-9 endeavor to catch them cleverly while also avoiding both the... See full summary »

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After succeeding in separating the two merged ships, the Doctor discovers the identities of the drug runners. He, Romana and K-9 endeavor to catch them cleverly while also avoiding both the excise men wanting to shoot them and the marauding mandrels just wanting to kill anyone in sight. Written by statmanjeff

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Doctor Who: [trying to escape mandrels in the CET projection] Oh, gosh. Oh, lord. Oh, doctor! Steady, steady. This way. Not that way! This... Ugh! Ooo! Ah! Ooo! Ah. Oh, my fingers. My arms. My legs. Ah! My everything. Awwww!
Fisk: [ending the ensuing silence] It's all over then. Switch off the machine.
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S17: Nightmare on Eden: Plenty of good ideas in the plot, but a fair amount of weakness in the serial too (SPOILERS)
12 November 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Watching Doctor Who in retrospect is an odd experience, because I am remote from context of time and place. So at times it is easy to see it as a silly throwback to a time when sci-fi was men in suits trying to frighten children – but then a serial like this comes along. In Nightmare in Eden we have the men in suits of course (and very silly suits they are), but we also have a plot from a 1970's show that features drug use as a negative, leading to slaughter of innocents while those addicted cannot do anything but focus on their own desire. This is Nightmare on Eden then, a serial which is full of ideas – many of them pretty dark and challenging.

The ideas are what drive the serial, and it is a shame then that they do not sustain it as much as they should. There are plenty of moments where you can see a lot going on behind the basic plot, but it mostly remains there, and as the serial goes on it becomes more about the monsters themselves. The Mandrells are pretty basic 'men in suits' in their design – although they reminded me of the much better creatures in the UK film Attack the Block. It is their use that makes them lesser though; essentially they just lumber around and are very easily dealt with by the Doctor – it is only the moment where a drug addict releases them into a contained room of people that I found them to be a threat.

The cast is pretty good throughout; some don't really make a mark perhaps but mostly the main roles are well played out. Baker himself handles some of the silliness as well as could be expected, while Ward is solid. K9 has some nice flat floors to move around on, so is a good presence too. Nothing on-location in this serial, but the sets are decent enough. On the whole, Eden is an interesting serial with plenty to like, but has weakness that comes out as it goes on, and as the Mandrells play more of a role.


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