Jan. 12th, 2016

purplecat: The Tardis (Doctor Who)
I've always found it hard to distinguish The Macra Terror and The Underwater Menace. They lie either side of Moonbase which, in my childhood, was the prominent story of this season being not only novelised but having one of the more gripping novelisations in the range. It also benefits from a famous monster and the classic second Doctor base-under-siege format. The Macra Terror and The Underwater Menace on the other hand I had hazier ideas about: they were both about isolated societies and involved sea-creatures.

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On the whole I'd say The Macra Terror has an excellent and genuinely unsettling first episode but that it then devolves into a fairly standard story which isn't really all that interested in exploring the set-up that makes the first episode such a success.

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