Director: Keith Barnfather
Screenplay: David J. Howe, Barry Letts
Starring: Beverley Cressman, Miles Richardson, Andrew Wisher
Running Time: 53 min
BBFC Certificate: PG
Ok so in case you had not already guessed I am a very proud nerd. As you can imagine Doctor Who is in my top ten sci-fi TV shows along side programmes like Fringe and A Town Called Eureka. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to watching this direct to video spin off to what is an absolute classic show. This is also the sequel to another spin off called Downtime which followed the adventure of brigadier general Lethbridge-Stewart. In this one we follow Captain Cavendish (played by Miles Richardson, Who played father in Flushed Away) and Kate Lethbridge-Stewart (played by Beverley Cressman, a reasonably new actress who was in Downtime and an episode of Grange Hill as a driving instructor) as they face an demonic creature previously battled by her father.
I found the story to be reasonably well written but I do not think that the characters created by Barry Letts in the original Doctor Who series were done justice. I must say that I believe the reason for that was the script that was at certain times a bit too cliche for my liking and just felt too predictable. As a child I found the daemons in the original series disturbing due to their appearance, reminiscent of the classic grotesques that could be found on old cathedrals and it kept me up many nights after, whereas this time around I found myself sat there at times wondering why they scared me. Although they look better in this production they seem to have just lost something in the way that they act and have had their appearance ”updated”on the screen.
One of the things I would like to remind you of is that this is just my personal opinion and although it was not to my expectations you may find that you enjoy it. As my mum used to say to me “Always try something at least once” so please give it a try and feel free to let me know what you thought.
This is available on DVD now so if you would like to give it a go pick up a copy and as always enjoy.