The Doctor Who serial Power of the Daleks made television for one very simple reason: it marked the first time that a Doctor regenerated. In the opening moments, William Hartnell’s crusty grandfather-type gave way to Patrick Troughton’s cosmic hobo – and even his companions didn’t know what to make of him.
Troughton’s second Doctor was more than a bit sillier than the original, but not less intelligent and resourceful. This was a Doctor who talked to himself and played his recorder to help him think.
After a well-received screening on BBC America, Power of the Daleks is now available on home video (DVD only, it appears).
Continue reading Home Video Review: Doctor Who Power of the Daleks Comes Home!
The return of Sherlock after an absence of two years – not counting the one-off The Abominable Bride – set audience records then dropped off precipitously. Of its three 90-minute episodes, one was brilliant, one was much better than the average mystery/procedural and the final had great moments but also a number of obvious flaws.
If you binge all three episodes, though, it is easily apparent that Sherlock’s worst was better than most shows’ best – as the fourth season DVD set shows. Plus there’s two hours of pretty darned decent bonus material.
Continue reading Sherlock: Season Four – The Brilliant Outweighs The Awful!