DVD Review: Doctor Who: The Dominators

PUBLISHED: 12:15 05 August 2010

Doctor Who: The Dominators

Doctor Who: The Dominators

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ONE of the few surviving stories starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, this 1968 adventure finds the Time Lord and his friends Jamie and Zoe (Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury) helping to defend the peace-loving planet of Dulkis from the tyrannical Dominators and their robot servants the Quarks…

With so many wonderful episodes missing from the BBC Archives, it’s a pity that those which survive are some of the weakest from Troughton’s run. That said, any opportunity to enjoy his marvellous portrayal of the Time Lord should be savoured, as there are still some moments of brilliance to be found amidst the average antics of The Dominators.

The introduction of the squeaky-voiced, diminutive Quarks was just the latest in a long line of attempts to duplicate the popularity of the Daleks, as evidenced by their recurring appearances in the comic strip adventures of the Doctor at the time, but they fail to make any real mark in this story and this marked their only major appearance in the show.

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