DW Review: “Survival”

Hello, nerdy ones! If you weren’t aware, there were eight other Doctors before Christopher Eccleston. We call this era “Classic Who”. Try to keep up, my dears.

I guess I’m working backward, because “Survival” is the absolute last TV serial of Classic Who. However, it was a good story to end on. Nothing absolutely spectacular, but it does end with a great quote from Sylvester McCoy, the Seventh Doctor:

There are worlds out there where the sky is burning. Where the sea is asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke, and cities made of song. Somewhere, there’s danger. Somewhere, there’s injustice. And somewhere else, the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace! We’ve got work to do.

In my opinion, this quote appreciates the basis of Doctor Who without all the grandiosity of some of the NuWho’s monologues.

Not only did we get to see Ace in her wild, rambunctious, Ace-yness, but we also saw the return of one of my favorite characters, the Master. Anthony Ainley is my personal favorite incarnation of the character (Sorry, Delgado!), and I swear, this episode was written specifically for the purpose of bringing him back for one last bow. It’s the perfect context for him, too. Ainley’s Master was always so…predatory. Making him into basically an overgrown cheetah (or panther, maybe?) was the perfect move. Although, seeing him and the Doctor in a literal fight was quite unnerving, considering that the most physical activity they’d ever engaged in previously was swordplay.

As usual, the special effects were terrible, but hey, it was the ’80s, after all. The story line is interesting, and as I said, the ending shades into a fair farewell for the 26 year old series. It was Ace’s last story, and really, the last story for the Seventh Doctor as well, considering that all he did in the TV movie was stupidly walk out of his TARDIS and get shot. It was a good sign off.

Come back next week for another Whuesday review!

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