Doctor Who Reviews: The Sontaran Experiment

Doctor Who Reviews: The Sontaran Exper­i­ment

I have previ­ously complained that 6 parters gener­ally don’t work in Doctor Who. The Sontaran Exper­i­ment is on the other end of the spec­trum. It’s a two parter in Tom Baker’s first season as the Doctor.

And while modern Who has shown that it’s more than able to cram a lot of plot and action into a 45 – 50 minute show, Clas­sic Who has a much more sedate pace.  So when it comes to plot, this one is pretty mini­mal.

Basi­cally a Sontaran is conduct­ing exper­i­ments on a group of humans. And the Doctor stops him. The end. Well… in between he and his compan­ions make a habit of falling down things.

There’s really noth­ing in the way of sub-plots or char­ac­ter devel­op­ment for anyone here.  None of the human crew really stand out at all much.

Even the Sontarans don’t get explored. In fact they’re basi­cally just presented as aliens we should already know about (because they’ve appeared once before.)

On a more posi­tive note, the fact this was shot entirely on loca­tion is refresh­ing and the Sontaran makeup is very sophis­ti­cated for it’s time includ­ing even a moving mouth.

I also like the general portrayal of Sontarans here much more than I do in nuWho. Yes they’re still rather stupid and easily tricked but they do seem legit­i­mately danger­ous rather than just a punch­line.

All in all though this one is eminently miss­able and one of the weaker stories in this partic­u­lar season.

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