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The Dominators has always had a lot of bad things said against it. And the main reason for this is the fact that there's an awful lot of bitterness amongst fans for having a standard story like this in the Vault, but not a Dalek Story of Pat's Era.
The Other reason this is frowned upon is that the Special Effects & Costumes aren't the best of this time! So if you are the kind of person that finds more enjoyment in uninspired rushed plots, CGI & Over Dramatic acting then this isn't for you!
IF - However, you enjoy a priceless look back on a Classic Black & White Dr Who, with all the great 60's atmosphere, Solid Acting, Spontaneous directing, Truly magnificent BBC Radiophonic Workshop Sounds, & a huge dollop of Fun; then this has your name on it!
From the Very first model shot, the charm & brilliance of this Classic glows from your TV! It's the old story of Drilling to the planets core! And the Doctor, Jamie, Zoe & the more intrepid members of a quite pathetic Race of Stoics do what ever they can to hault their progress! I think the comedy of this story was entirely by accident! But it's so amusing to see the Alien Dominators get more & more wound up as the story progresses, to the point where by they even start getting annoyed with each other!!!
There are 2 of them: Rago (The Leader) & Toba who has a child like mentality! They have a certain amount of Energy which the Radiation from the planet gave them. And they can't afford to waste it on Weapon discharges when they need every drop of energy to complete the Drilling. And every time the Dr & his team attack, Toba gets Irate & shouts "Quarks! Search & Destroy!" The Quarks are their Robot Tools that end up using a lot of power to keep up & running.
By the 5th Episode, you are just literally in anticipation; waiting for Toba to Crack again.. "Quarks! Search & Destroy!!" There's also some hilarious scenes with Pat & Frazer which demonstrates that even with a non-menacing story such as this that those 2 work so well together & gives insight as to why Jamie was the Longest Running companion! And not forgetting Wendy of course.. The Costumes are brilliant in the sense that only a totally different race would wear something like that! But (& contrary to the previous review!) Wendy looks adorable in it & keeps a certain kind of audience's attention (cough!); She looked good in anything!
See, Films & TV Dramas etc didn't always used to be as fake & computerised as they are now. And in that respect this story is perfect in terms of creativity :) The Rocks are so blatantly made of Polystyrene, the wall obviously had an explosive charge in it, the Costumes are obviously made with Curtain Net, etc! But that's the point. People have gone to the EFFORT of "realisation" & "Imagination". That's the Beauty of it. And it's fascinating to work out how they did everything back then. I'd much rather look at Models, Animatronics, Puppets, Masks, Bubble rap etc than shinny & blatantly obvious False imagery generated by something that could be produced by a PlayStaion 3. Remember what happened to Star Wars! OH God save us from Jar Jar Binks. The Ewoks were obviously costumes, but they looked 'real'. THIS Story is just like that concept but on a much larger scale, as they had very little resources.
So the people who don't like this story are merely looking at this in the wrong way. Because apart from 1 episode too long & a few scenes that needed a re-take; This Story is Pure Magic!
Patrick Troughton has long been one of my favourite Doctors, second only to Jon Pertwee. It is therefore with great anticipation that I look forward to a release of one of his all too rare surviving serials. Therefore I must admit to being a bit biased before reviewing this release.
It's a pretty good story. A planet of peace loving people is invaded by the ruthless Dominators, and their henchmen, the Quarks. The Doctor must help stop the invasion, but is hampered by the unwillingness of the natives to either believe his story of imminent invasion, and later, their inability to act and deny all their principles.
This is a story that works on several levels. It is an entertaining adventure, with lots of scrapes, cliff hangers, dastardly aliens with evil schemes. Doctor Who is always at its best when there is a juicy moral dilemma, and there is a great big one here. Just how do you save a people that do not want to be saved? Along with a decent performance from Troughton, Frasier Hines as Jamie and Wendy Padbury as Zoe this is a story with a lot to offer.
It's not all rosy and good. This was a troubled production, where the original script was butchered and changed so much that the writers took their names off it. This shows, especially in the final episode where the interesting original set up falls into a rather rushed ending. There were some very silly looking costume for the male Dulcians, though the female costumes were pretty good, especially on Wendy Padbury! The whole thing was done on the cheap, even by Doctor Who's standards, and this does show up in some of the sets. Finally there are the Quarks. Designed as a replacement for the Daleks, they are quite laughable boxes on legs with funny arms. Although the special effects the first time they kill someone are genuinely good and very disturbing.
This release from 2 Entertain is up to the usual standards. The picture and sound have been nicely restored and it looks pretty good. There is an interesting information text, with many fascinating notes, including the fact that it was cheaper to hire two people to play motionless mannequins than it was to hire two real mannequins! There is an interesting short film where Caroline John discusses the remarks made by TV critics in the newspapers about the Second Doctor. There are the usual stills, commentary and advert for the next release.
In summary, a good basic story, with some flaws toward the end and some dodgy production values, in a decent DVD release. Four stars.
The Dominators is the season 6 opening serial of Doctor Who in what happens to be Patrick Troughton's final season as the 2nd Doctor. This episode is Zoe Heriot's first proper serial as a companion following her inclusion to the Tardis duo of the Doctor and Jamie (as played by Frazer Hines) at the conclusion of the season 5 finale The Wheel In Space.
Now there was a few issues that rose during the production of this story with this serial originally meaning to be a 6 part story before being reduced to 5 parts. When compared to the 5 part story of The Mind Robber which was reduced from being 4 x25 minute parts to 5 x20 minute stories, The Dominators is 100x better.
The whole concept of the Dulcians being a peaceful race who were against violence and almost accept the Dominators being the conquerors to their planet Dulkis was quite relatable to the time given it 1968, Vietnam was still raging on, Martin Luther King had been assassinated and the world was still in the height of the Cold War. People wanted peace once more and by any means possible.
I found the Dominators to not be the worst opening serial that the show had done in recent years but when compared up against its predecessor opening serial from Season 5 'Tomb Of The Cybermen' and its succeeding opening serial from Season 7 'Spearhead From Space', its probably the weakest even though its rather the strongest in terms of continuity and strength between its characters. The storyline rather dampens the rating in my eyes.
All in all, this episode rather sets the tone for the season whilst the viewership for much of the season gradually reaches a peak between The Invasion, The Krotons and The Seeds Of Death before plummeting starting to have a regular viewership of under 6 million viewers for The Space Pirates and The War Games.
The special features on the DVD aren't the worst as the first feature gives an insight into what happened behind the scenes whilst the second feature gave an insight as to how the show was recieved by viewers during Patrick Troughton's era as the Doctor which I thought was rather intriguing.
I notice that some people have award this classic 1968 adventure bad reviews. So I award this adventure 5 star as I like to say to them that this is a fabulous adventure full of great comedy and dramatic moment from start to finish. Who cares about the robot `Quarks', but it takes a lot of guts and blavery to wear these costumes to help the story along. Both the main and the supporting cast of Patrick Troughton (Second Doctor), Fraser Haines (Jamie), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), the evil and comedic Dominators Ronald Allan (Rago) and Kenneth Ives (Toba) to the peaceful Dulcians Arthur Cox (Cully), Giles Block (Teel), Felicity Gibson (Kando) to the elder statesmen all shine in this classic 1968 adventure.
In my opinion who cares about the problem on set, this adventure blends the period during the time of flower power and how the authorities of the time treated those free thinkers. And it is sad during 1968 we lost two men who promoted peace and harmony in the world `Martin Luther King' and `Bobby Kennedy', and we ended up with `blood trusty war mongers' like Lynden B Johnston and later on Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford who allowed Vietnam to drag on until 1975, and on how the same thing is happening here today with an illegal war in Iraq and a pointless stalemate war in Afghanistan.
As I mentioned in previous review, I hope the BBC release the remaining Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker adventures including the "Ambassadors of Death" (1970) as a fitting tribute to Caroline John (Dr Liz Shaw) who sadly passed away last month. And also `The Mind of Evil' (1971), `Terror of the Zygons' (1975), a separate special edition DVD of `Revenge of the Cybermen' (1975) (Similar to DVD edition of `Day of the Daleks'), and bring out an advanced and realistic CGI version of Tom Baker's missing adventure `Shada'.
The first story of Patrick Troughton's third and final season as Doctor Who comes to DVD. It runs for five episodes and it sees the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe visit the planet of Dulkis. The humanoid inhabitants of the place are all peaceful pacifists. So their leaders don't want to stand up and fight back when a spaceship from ruthless humanoid race the Dominators lands and takes over the place, with the intent of blowing up the planet in order to use it for fuel supply.
The two Dominators have robotic servants called the Quarks. Can the Doctor and his friends, plus a handful of Dulcians who go against the wishes of their elders, save the day?
But more importantly, do you care?
For this story is simply dull. The planet is dull. All sand and quarries. The people of the planet are dull. People who sit round talking and do nothing. They all wear dresses. Even the men. And the young male rebel is played by a middle aged actor.
The script is dull. Characters run around acheiving nothing for five episodes. The Dominators spend most of that time arguing with each other. Then everything is sorted out rather quickly in part five. Not least because the story was going to be six parts but the producer decided to cut it down.
The fault does lie with the length of the script. The realisation of the Quarks - tipped like several monsters to be the next big thing post the Daleks but never to be successful enough to return - and the direction and design. These are dull. Drab and silly costumes. Boring landscapes
Patrick Troughton and the two regulars do their best to inject some life into the whole thing, but it's an uphill struggle.
A quote I come back to on occasion is from the show's script editor in the early seventies who said their aim in making it was to prevent the bbc having twenty five minutes of blank screen every night. As with so many old doctor who stories, you end up marvelling at the fact that they managed to get this made and on screen. But for actual entertainment value, there are much better stories out there.
The dvd has the following audio options:
English audio captions.
English Language track.
It has a commentary from some of the cast and crew.
The radio times billings for the story as a PDF file.
Production information subtitles.
A photo gallery of stills from the story and it's production.
A trailer for the next release in this dvd range.
A twenty three minute long making of documentary. Full of contributions from cast and crew, none of whom are shy of expressing their opinion about the story, this is a very good watch.
A thirteen minute long documentary called tomorrow's times. First in a series for these dvds that will look at press reaction to the show during various eras, this one deals with newspaper coverage of Patrick Troughton's time. Presenter Caroline John, who went on to play Liz Shaw opposite Jon Pertwee's Doctor in 1970, does get past an initial stiffness in seemingly reading from an autocue to do quite a good job here, and some of the quotes are quite interesting. And surprisingly highbrow compared to more modern press coverage. So this is quite an interesting watch.
For an easter egg watch the disc on computer, go to the special features screen and move the pointer around it till you light up a hidden Doctor Who logo. Click on that to see a short piece of Doctor who related sock puppet theatre. A similar item was on an earlier dvd this year but this one is longer and funnier, so it's worth a look.
I can't quite say the same for the story. But this is another in this range that does the best it can with one of the weaker efforts from the show's history.
I have this serial on vhs and am waiting to get the DVD of the serial. I just don't enjoy this serial as much as the other Doctor Who's I've watched but am looking forward to watching it on DVD when I get it.
The 2nd Doctor and his companions Jamie and Zoe arrive on a peace-loving planet to find the tranquility is about to be shattered by a couple of aliens and their robot servants. Meanwhile the radiation on an island once used for atomic testing has mysteriously vanished and strange markings have been made in the ground.
This is a story about standing up for yourself. The planet's ruling body are quite amusingly apathetic (when their meeting room is invaded by a hostile alien and a killer robot one of them asks the alien if he'd mind making an appointment in the correct fashion) and their refusal to fight back means they risk losing everything. The Dominators themselves literally dominate every scene they appear in, and they are individual characters rather than the kind of alien clones who seem to pop up all too often. In a way they're almost like a space-age Mitchell brothers. There's the younger headstrong one, who is basically a grown-up bully-boy, and the older more professional villain. The Quarks are an interesting and unusual design (I remember making a Lego one when I was little) and their curious voices are very effectively creepy.
Extras include a 'making of' documentary, and also a 'Points of View'-type short in which Caroline John (who played Liz Shaw in the 1970s) hosts a reading of various opinions from the 1960s regarding Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor. Altogether a must-have for fans of the series.
The Dominators is one of the most underrated Doctor Who stories. I've always enjoyed it since first seeing it in 1990 on VHS. It certainly isn't a classic, and it's far from being one of Troughton's best, but I still consider it to be very good. The two Dominators are well cast and played, and I like the interplay between them, like a argumentative long time married couple! The Quark robots are well designed and look fairly good. As for the Dulcian people on planet Dulkis, they however tend to leave a lot to be desired. Arthur Cox as Cully is pretty good though. The regulars, Troughton, Hines and Padbury (2nd Doctor, Jamie and Zoe) are great as usual. One of the highlights in this story is in episode two, when the two Dominators believe that the Doctor and Jamie to be inhabitants of planet Dulkis. The Dominators then do various tests on the two time travellers. Which results in the Doctor and Jamie acting like fools to convince the Dominators that they are a less capable and lower rank Dulcian. So the Dominators written by Norman Ashby (not quite) and directed by Morris Barry is good fun for a five parter. It's certainly not terrible, but I do view 'The Dominators' as one of my 'guilty pleasures'. 8/10
Review now updated to include extras. We have now reached the Second Doctor's dregs. Barring any flash animation hybrid releases, there's only The Krotons left for DVD. Dominators is better than Krotons but it's still not the strongest of stories. Dulcis is a planet full of pacifists who take this noble philosophy to extremes. A strong story idea where it works e.g what happens when there is no peaceful solution (bit like in the 1st Dalek story) but not all of it does work. Witness a scene where Brian Cant's bizarre Chairman Tensa deals with the crisis of the Dominators invading their world being rather unpleasant and doing some drilling, by running through all their options and admitting none of them are good. (Maybe this is intended as satire but with the stilted performance of Cant it falls flat.) It's a bit difficult to feel sympathy for the Dulcians; 1 cos they're so wet and 2 they have awful costumes. Some sort of leotardish thing and a skirt made of what looks like an old curtain. Believe me everyone's bum looks big in this and even Dame Wendy Padbury looks rubbish wearing one. Arthur Cox seen recently in The 11th Hour opposite Matt Smith & Karen Gillan is cast as the rebellious Cully. he's not bad but doesn't look the part. It seems to have been written as a young rebel and he looks like an Uncle running a youth club. Scenes involving the Dominators are a lot more fun. Kenneth Ives & Ronald Allen play them as black hat baddies with no lighter side. Again costumes let them down, theirs being what looks like suits of torn paper with padded body warmers-an almost armadillo look. The Quarks are cute looking but never quite achieve the looks cute but very dangerous menace of the Yeti. A jolly little robot though & again better than The Krotons. Oddly enough this was written by the Yeti authors; Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln who asked for the pseudonym Norman Ashby to be used when their script was edited down from 6 parts to 5 without reference to them. There are some good moments, enough to make this a fun story like where the Doctor plays dumb and Zoe teaming up with Cully. Direction's okay, better on location.
"Recharge and Equalise" is the making of and covers the story's making of well with particular focus on the dispute over the scripting. It is clear that this was a far more bitter dispute than was previously believed with Haisman & Lincoln angry over the frequent rewrites requested with ideas they did not like eventually walking off the project to leave Derrick Sherwin who didn't rate their talents highly to finish it. With Haisman & Sherwin interviewed, both sides of the story are given. Another angle conbsidered is the attempt on both sides to develop the Quarks' potential as new Daleks and merchandising champions. Haisman reveals they were to be the Swiss army knives of robots with different attachments for different jobs! He also jokes about the irony that most of their Yeti episodes don't exist but here they still have "the whole bloody lot!" It's a pic n' mix commentary with various contributors and although these can be hit and miss, the good bits are very good e.g how a Quark got into the papers in Australia, the unpleasant side of director Morris Barry, why the Quarks don't really work & what Patrick Troughton the private man was like.
"Tomorrow's Times" sounds like it could be the birth of a new regular feature as it looks at the second Doctor's treatment in the press Points of View style. Well presented by Caroline John and interesting stuff, could have been better to discuss individual stories chronologically.
Nice trailer for the Cybermen box set too.
The story's for completists and big Troughton fans but has a good support package.
Brilliant stuff! The Dominators was a story which featured the Quark robots. Ironically, the Quarks would return in TV Comic, and as metal miniature figures to paint, and are still fondly remembered to this day. The release of The Dominators is a step closer to the last Patrick Troughton surviving Doctor Who stories, the remainder (along with a large number of William Hartnell stories) being scrapped by the BBC archives department - CRIMINAL! Despite its age, the presentation of The Dominators is as fresh on DVD as it was during its original broadcast, with Patrick Troughton creating a few laughs through his bumbling and Fraser Hines as Jamie keeping him in line while Wendy Padbury as Zoe maintains her level head. There are five episodes to this particular story and it is quite fast-pacing wanting the viewer to see if there is time to watch another episode. The Dominators are easily an enemy who could have returned in a later series while the Quarks stand along with the Mechanoids and the Krotons as the most requested return robots from the early classic series. Also on the DVD is an article about the Troughton years in the press. It made interesting viewing but, fortunately, Mary Whitehouse wasn't mentioned once - wait until the Pertwee years and the blowing up of a church!!! I certainly recommend this DVD for viewers of the new Doctor Who series and as pure nostalgia for all Doctor Who fans.