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PostSubject: 027 - The War Machines   Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:56 am

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PostSubject: Re: 027 - The War Machines   Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:09 am

This one could possibly be my favorite First Doctor story ever. I love the additions of Ben and Polly (but I cringe on how they disposed of Dodo halfway through the story without even a by-your-leave) and they are great as a team. The story itself is pretty good, too. I have to give William Hartnell the nod for being particularly good in this serial. His standoff with a War Machine at the end of episode three is one of my favorite First Doctor moments.

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PostSubject: Re: 027 - The War Machines   Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:08 am

I really enjoyed it. It was a fun story, and the War Machines themselves were extremely well designed (I liked how they incorporated the Battering Arm without making it seem tacked on and the flood light "Eye" was actually rather creepy when it moved up and down). I do wish they'd made a comment about the fact the guns were jammed earlier though, as I wondered if it was a Sound Error that people kept squeezing the trigger and nothing was happening.

Still, a fun adventure that any modern Who fan would feel comfortable with. I'd also like a War Machine toy. I would pay silly amounts of money for one, to be honest.

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PostSubject: Re: 027 - The War Machines   Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:57 pm

This story has the best voice line i've ever heard in the whole run of Dr Who - It's when the War Machine says, " DOCKTOHRR --- HOOO -- ISST ---- REEQUIRRED ",lol.
The swinging sixties are well presented in this enjoyable Hartnell story.
( First appearance of the refit Police Box and the last for the previous look )



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PostSubject: Re: 027 - The War Machines   Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:02 pm

I loved this episode, mainly because for me, it was a preview of the UNIT years to come!


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PostSubject: Re: 027 - The War Machines   Wed Mar 12, 2014 2:05 pm

Great story! Lots of action, and a great introduction to Ben and Polly! The plot was pretty solid and I really enjoyed it. The War Machines looked really cool - my only complaint is that we didn't see enough of them. I'd have liked to have seen them take over the city/country before they were eventually defeated. But ah well, it was still a lot of fun.

The Dodo thing irked me... It's quite unbelievable that she would travel around with the Doctor in time and space for all that time and then pass on a message through Polly that she's not coming back. It just didn't seem right... Did Jackie Lane fall out with the crew halfway through and decide not to come back or something? She can't have left for the good of the story, cos if anything it subtracted from the story rather than made it better. Hmm, very peculiar...

Anyway, great story! One of my favourites of Hartnell's era! 4 stars. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 027 - The War Machines   Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:02 pm

Jackie Lane's contract expired after episode 2 and it wasn't renewed, kind of leaving her without a resolution to Dodo's story.  Why her contract didn't coincide with the end of the story rather than midway is just ridculous. Not to mention careless.  She was just...forgotten about...in the middle of the story!!!

Worst.  Companion. Departure.  EVER.
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PostSubject: Re: 027 - The War Machines   Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:43 pm

SeaDevil wrote:
Jackie Lane's contract expired after episode 2 and it wasn't renewed, kind of leaving her without a resolution to Dodo's story.  Why her contract didn't coincide with the end of the story rather than midway is just ridculous. Not to mention careless.  She was just...forgotten about...in the middle of the story!!!

Worst.  Companion. Departure.  EVER.

Worse than Vicki's departure, and I thought that was bad...
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