by Ken Parker
The Story – The Doctor, Sarah and Harry are called back to Earth by the Brigadier to investigate a mystery of the destruction of several oil rigs. The investigation leads to the reveal of an alien plot to take over the Earth. The Doctor must stop the Zygons from their goal but he must stop the giant Loch Ness Monster.
For the most part this story was well written and directed. As the mystery unfolds for the TARDIS crew and UNIT we see that there are aliens who have the power to turn into humans they have kidnapped. This gives the story a little tension as you are not sure if there are not any Zygon duplicates around. Doctor Who often uses the look alike plot. The Autons, the Rutans and the story “The Android Invasion” are just a few but the use in “Terror of the Zygons” is not as prominent. It is more of an after thought and only used in a couple of instances. The Zygons were often explaining their plan to Harry or the Doctor and at times this was annoying as it seemed the only way the Zygons could be defeated. While this is a common problem with villains telling the good guys what they are up to, it was more obvious in this story.
The cast does well from the supporting cast to UNIT and the TARDIS team. It is a bit sad to see the old formula of the Doctor and UNIT begin its final days, with only “The Android Invasion” as a last gasp appearance. The Brigadier and Benton still have their moments as does Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) but even he knows his time has come. Tom Baker continues to shine and Elizabeth Sladen is perfect.
The DVD includes a short segment which had actually only just been located and restored. To tell you the truth I had to look up the segment because it had been so long since I have seen this story that I couldn't figure out which segment it was.
Baker and Sladen's absence in the commentary is made up for in the Doctor Who Stories segment for each. This highly entertaining overview use entertaining animation to introduce segments of interviews about their time on the show. These segments have been used in other DVDs and the fact that these two used interviews from before 2005 and the new series was interesting as both talked about what the series could include. Tom Baker is the one who talks about playing a baddie in the new series which has yet to happen sadly. His segment is hilarious as usual. The making of and look at director Douglas Camfield segment are great additions and are well made. Lots of insight and new stories.
Also in the extras is an episode of Merry-Go-Round which features Liz Sladen hosting a show about oil rigs. There is also a part 3 look at the UNIT family and the usual photo galleries, coming soon trailer and easter egg. An isolated score and an interview with Tom Baker from that time period round off the extras.
This, at one point is said to be one of the last classic DVDs to be released as the run is winding down. With several releases on the horizon from partial animated stories to the recently recovered stories from the 60's one can't imagine that this is the end at all.
Terror of the Zygons is an excellent story and the DVD does it justice.
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