Doctor Who: Castle of Fear
by Alan Barnes
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this more than I did. It's got a clever setup: While in Stockbridge in 1899, the Doctor and Nyssa see a bit of local Christmas mummery that clearly refers to an event in the 12th century involving the Doctor and some aliens. So the Doctor and Nyssa pop back to 1199 to find out what's what.
And seem to find themselves in the England of Monty Python and the Holy Grail
. Now, I love Monty Python and the Holy Grail
. I love Doctor Who
. I'm still not sure why I didn't love it when the two were combined, but I didn't.
Mostly, I think it's just that the humor didn't entirely work for me. I thought things picked up quite a bit in the second half of the play, when the plot really kicked in, and the jokes didn't have to carry as much weight.
There are a lot of nice things in this play. Susan Brown gives a great performance as Maude the withered. Nyssa gets some great stuff to do. There's a surprise returning alien that really was a surprised - I wasn't spoiled by the title, the cover, or any of the advance publicity. The music is fantastic, and the whole thing ends on one heck of a cliffhanger. Even though this play didn't really hit my funny bone, it still has me looking forward to the next installment. View all my reviews >>