Doctor Who - The Leisure Hive details
|Starring:||John Leeson, Tom Baker, Lalla Ward|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
Doctor Who - The Leisure Hive
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Jul 2004|
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Hardly an ideal ...By Matthew#33 from LONDON , 02 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Hardly an ideal vacation destination (more like Sellafield than Scarborough, in Earth terms) but for the Doctor and Romana it will just a busman's holiday; murder, sabotage and a time experiment that does wrong. BBC Radiophonic Workshop's supremo composer Peter Howell has created a truly cinematic television score that John Williams would crave. Skillfully, its aural multi-laying echoes the hateful duplicity and menace that lurks around every corner and corridor, whilst sensitively revering the desperation of the dying world of Argolis. Like a chess-master, Howell employs key-moves to lighten the oppressive backdrop with hints familiar popular music ("I do like to be beside the seaside, beside the sea" breezes across Brighton beach as we see our Timelord asleep in a deckchair) and a superb pastiche of Ravel's emotive Bolero as the adventure reaches it climatic, yet hopeful, conclusion. Wonderfully evocative. In addition, presented here is, for me, the best arrangement of the DOCTOR WHO theme tune premiered during Tom Baker's final season as the Gallifreyan. The visuals are rich and dense, the action pacey, the direction is not what you'd expect from DOCTOR WHO but this was the begining of a new era. Douglas Adams (YES, the HITCHIKERS GUIDE bloke) had left the show as Script Editor and a new team came in - ditching the camp humour and adopted a more serious approach (putting the 'science' into 'science fiction'). Watch this and remember it was 1980, when SFX were just starting to grasp what computers could do. (The next story, MEGLOS, was the first TV show in the workd to use 'slave computer controlled camera and live action mix'). DOCTOR WHO had again become mature, watchable, exciting and intelligent. It started with this story. Watch it, and then watch it again with the superb commentary. The extras are worth the rental themselves.
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truly awfulBy emperor10 (217 reviews) from newcastle upon tyne , 07 Mar 2010im a tom baker fan, and for me, the best doctor.the leisure hive,i'm afraid, is far from his best. its not the truly awful effects,or the dire music that puts me off this. it is just absolute rubbish.its plain on bakers face,that he is wiery and tired of the role,and is obviously fullfilling his contractual obligations before leaving the role. the story is naff,the acting is naff, filled with purpostuous 'techno' babble.glad i rented this instead of buying.
goodBy theleedon (71 reviews) from Birmingham , 21 Feb 2009i liked it very good
the leisure hiveBy powell (3 reviews) from aberdeenshire , 30 Aug 2008This was worth watching for the first but not all the time
Average at best...By goslar (6 reviews) from Ash , 30 Jun 2008I rented this because I have vague nostalgic memories about watching this as a child when it was first broadcast. As is sometimes the case with Dr. Who, watching later as an adult was disappointing.
There is quite a bit of obvious filler and unnecessary wandering around in corridors, accompanied by dodgy synthesiser music.
In superior Tom Baker stories (Robots of Death for example), the strength of the storyline and intelligent dialogue helps you overlook the deficiencies with regard to the effects and wardrobe. Sadly not so here.
There are a few 'so bad it's good' moments including the totally ridiculous climax.
I would say avoid this one unless you are a serious Dr. Who fan with a forgiving nature.
worth a watch but not the best Baker Dr WHO story IMHOBy majortom2001 (73 reviews) from Worthing, UK , 26 Oct 2007I have seen a lot of Tom Baker Dr WHO but had never seen this story before. Its OK but I found the story a bit disjointed at times. So much so I rewatched episodes 2 and 3 again before watching 4 as I thought I had fallen asleep and missed something ! (I hadn't) All is revealed at the start of ep 4 and it makes a bit more sense from then on. This story marked the start of the 'infamous' John Nathan Turner period and there are some interesting extras about this, the changes to the opening sequence etc. It seemed like he had some good ideas and goals but ultimately he ruined WHO for me. The Leisure Hive starts with a long overblown opening sequence on Brighton beach which initially seems pretty pointless until something happens to one of the main characters. Like I said, I found the main part of the story a bit disjointed, The effects and music have dated but overall this is good fun. Not the best Tom Baker/ Romanna 2 episode but still a fun 100 mins or so
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