Jan. 10th, 2016

purplecat: The Tardis (Doctor Who)
I am very fond of Terminus even though it's a bit of an oddity for a Doctor Who story and certainly not the kind of story I'd normally expect myself to be liking. It maintains, throughout, a sombre and world-weary tone. It has a certain awkwardness in construction (most notably that it clearly has no use for Tegan or Turlough and so they spend about three and a half episodes wandering aimlessly down corridors or crawling through ducting). The "happy" ending does not withstand much thought.

Still, I am rather fond of it )

Terminus is a story that can't quite decide on its tone and has several structural problems (in no small part caused by circumstances outside the story's control). Still where it works, it has a certain conviction and a belief that it is people who aren't explicitly heroes but who try to go about their jobs with some modicum of responsibility and compassion, that will win the day. It's an oddly optimistic tale for all its grim setting.

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