By RandomAtom 3 Comments
I'm an American. I enjoy a great many things, but noticeably not among those things is my ability to enjoy the fine programming on the BBC at the same time as the people across the pond. Doctor Who is one of those shows I wait anxiously for and so to keep myself occupied I am enjoying some of the older episodes. I recall having seen some of the 4th Doctor's adventures as a child and I remember gobbling them up so I thought the greatest place for me to start would be in familiar territory. I finally jumped on that growing Netflix bandwagon and to my delight they have plenty of it in the Watch Instantly section so I found some Tom Baker, sat down with some tea and biscuits (scotch and pretzels), and started the fun.
My first choice was The Armageddon Factor. The story revolves around two warring planets (Atrion and Zeos), and I am immediately reminded of that Star Trek episode where the two planets are conducting the virtual war...only these people are actually dropping bombs. I didn't say it was a logical connection. Anyway we are also introduced to the princess of the planet, Princess Astra. While she technically has control over the planet the Marshal is in charge of all the fighting. Princess Astra is also in love with Merak, a surgeon who is opposed to the war just as Astra is. The Marshal doesn't like the relationship or Astra. He kills her bodyguard and traps her in a chamber to die (of radiation poisoning i think) and this is pretty much where The Doctor, Romana, and K9 show up. This is also about where I realize that I like the idea of K9 a lot more that I like it in practice. Anyway after some to do the Marshal finds our heroes and pins the death of the bodyguard and disappearance on them and Merak. After trading witty remarks The Doctor Makes a daring escape back to the TARDIS...but it's GONE! *end credits*
Overall the episode was entertaining but I was left with the feeling that not much actually happened. I give it a 6/10 and I look forward to seeing what is in store for me in the next installment.