With only two more wacky adventures left for the Second Doctor, you would have thought that his penultimate story would be a humdinger. Well, think twice, since in the end, all we get is the Wild West in Space. Welcome The Space Pirates, a tale that just pips The Dominators to the post to scoop the Dullest Story Of Season 6 prize. Maybe I’m biased, since I find western-type stories to be a bore. Here, we’ve got two main opposing factions: General Hermack and his nondescript set of English actors pretending to be American. And the eponymous pirates, as led by Caven.
Following on from the announcement of less than stellar DVD choices for 2010 - guess what? More clunkers were announced, including two Cybermen duds and The Dominators, the story that kicked off Season Six in mediocre style. The key problem with The Dominators is that it doesn’t really sum up the ethos of the Troughton years at all.
It seems to be a common myth that any Doctor Who stories with more than six episodes tend to drag. In theory, it’s a good point. You’re looking at three, four, maybe even five or six hours worth of one Doctor Who story, which is a hell of a lot. Funny thing is though, in practice, virtually all of these stories such as The Daleks' Master Plan, The War Games and of course, The Invasion all hold up really well. The Invasion takes us from the fantasy mists of The Land Of Fiction and plonks us back in the groovy summer days of the Sixties (let’s not even start on the continuity debates of when the UNIT episodes are set)....
About 15 sets of waffle ago, I mentioned that remakes were more common than you think in Doctor Who. The Moonbase was a blatant remake of The Tenth Planet. And then two seasons later, along comes The Seeds Of Death to mimic The Ice Warriors with all the gusto of a Les Dennis and Dustin Gee 24-hour marathon.