Post by bonehead on Aug 10, 2022 11:11:19 GMT
Yeah, I’d have been happy with two sets of 2x4 parters, or even two sets of 2 parter and a 4 parter, or a 2 parter and 4 parter first set and a 6 part epic second with Patricia becoming a presence.
It’s also the little things like they’re 3x2 parters and not 3x60 minute stories. That can completely alter the structure of a story; it’s not just a case of throwing a cliffhanger in the middle. In a 60 minute episode, what could be Part 1 could be condensed into 10 minutes without an issue.
I think it’s a mistake to do two sets with each one comprising of very similar stories. I think it’s a mistake to introduce a new companion after Hebe has only just had her debut and not been given a variety of adventures. I think it’s a mistake to do a string of two parters and trying to make them into something else. To do all of those together and there’s just nothing substantial or anything particularly enjoyable.
I have to agree with the opinions here. Colin's Doctor has not been treated well in these box sets - at all. The stories are bland and uninspired, difficult to separate from one another - and Mel being side-lined to make way for less interesting characters is unforgivable. The Sixth Doctor stories seem to have very quickly boxed themselves into a corner where anything original or genuinely exciting never gets a look-in.
While I'm in glum-mode, I'd add that The Seventh Doctor fares even worse, for similar reasons. His TV era was nothing if not original; now he seems only to deal with cast-off's from previous Dooctor's stories.
It gives me no pleasure to say all this, but I feel as if our classic Doctors are being wasted. The return of four-parters would definitely be a step in the right direction, but I fear a change in stewardship might be the best hope for the future.