Bit of an odd one this. The imagery in this is brilliant and it’s one of the Lost Stories I would have been curious to see actually brought to the screen, if only to see what they would have done with the limitations of a Sixties budget.
Although, the narrative is a complete retread of The Celestial Toymaker and Hecuba just isn’t that developed as a villain. I would almost argue that a cackling temptress just isn’t very fitting for the Troughton era and feels very much a product of a later time.
Not to mention the so called ‘twist’ really doesn’t add anything to the overall story or the wider Doctor Who universe. As far as I know it’s never been followed up on in any material from the Expanded Universe.
Overall, it’s a mixed bag in my book. But if anything, it’s one of those stories where you can practically taste the black and white.
I liked this one a lot. Not the best, but I thought it was very good. It may be because I don't know The Celestial Toymaker very well, so I can't compare. The first time I heard it I didn't understand all the bad reviews. It's been a while, but I might listen again and see if I still enjoy it.
I'll defend any fun bit of fluff we get in Doctor Who. Not everything has to be some grand epic adventure, sometimes you just need a fun little chamber piece and this is one of those with some experimentation thrown in that doesn't quite work but it's all in service of a fun story.
It's obvious from the start that Hecuba is some relation to a famous Brian Hayles villain and the general path of the story can be expected from then, but there's nothing wrong with bringing back a famous villain - or one of his relatives.
I enjoyed it very much and I imagined Catherine Harvey's adaptation as a modern CGI spectacular. The extra scale and dramatic 'effects' might not be strictly 'authentic' to what would have been possible in the era, but they made for a vividly imaginable story and as usual with these early years part-narrated LS releases, the tiny cast and the sound design brought it all to life brilliantly.
The two hours flew by and I hardly 'clocked' their passing...
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