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Resistance Is Useless (1992)



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Credited cast:
Steve Steen ... The Anorak (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Ace (archive footage)
... The Doctor (archive footage)
... The Doctor (archive footage)
... Peri (archive footage)
... Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (archive footage)
... Ben (archive footage)
... The Doctor (archive footage)
... The Master (archive footage)
... Tegan Jovanka (archive footage)
... Susan Foreman (archive footage)
... Scaroth
... The Doctor (archive footage)
Jaqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright (archive footage)
... Jamie McCrimmon (archive footage)


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3 January 1992 (UK)  »

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Fairly Standard Nostalgia Documentary
4 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw this DOCTOR WHO documentary I was very much taken by it and endlessly watched it on video for months after its broadcast . The basic premise of this nostalgia piece is to have an " anorak " talking over a series of clips with headings like " Death By Special Effects " and " Behind The Sofa " However I've not seen RESISTANCE IS USELESS for many years and have no desire to either . What happened was I eventually got to see nearly all the remaining DOCTOR WHO stories via satellite TV meaning that the documentary became rapidly antiquated due to its format . If you've got most of the show on videotape there's no real reason to watch something comprised entirely of clips . And I can't help thinking that many of the clips are wrongly chosen in the first place just like in the video release of THE TOM BAKER YEARS . For example we have a section called " Give It All You've Got " featuring OTT acting scenes but is missing Dr Lawrence's death from The Silurians without doubt one of the most glorious , loudest performance's ever seen on British television never mind on DOCTOR WHO . Not only that after RESISTANCE IS USELESS the BBC treated the fans to a run of repeats from each Doctor : The Time Meddler , The Mind Robber , The Sea Devils , The Deamons , Genesis Of The Daleks , The Caves Of Androzani , Revelation Of The Daleks and Battlefield , the problem being that many of the clips in RESISTANCE IS USELESS that featured the second Doctor were from The Mind Robber , many of the clips of the third Doctor were from The Sea Devils etc which does make the fans feel slightly cheated about something

Not to appear totally nit-picky and anorakish I just want to repeat I did enjoy RESISTANCE IS USELESS at the time , it's better than the 1977 LIVELY ARTS documentary on the show which very often consisted of talking head interviews and academic discussion , but it's not nearly as good as 30 YEARS IN THE TARDIS which features things as diversive as adverts, never before seen archive material and reconstructions of classic scenes

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