Here's my review of the final Hartnell story, the tenth planet -
Id seen this story before and not liked, and as with the trend with this marathon, upon a rewatch I bloody loved it. The animation is great and the story itself is fantastic, with brilliant settings and characters, and a brilliant plot.
First off, the cybermen so are so bloody brilliant and are actually terrifying some 51 years later. Just those eeire sing-sing voices and their imposing physical presence make them so terrifying, and coupled with the fact they have a genuinely great plan, it makes them a superb villain.
The Doctor not being in the story so much was great as it gave Polly and Ben the chance to lead for the first time since they joined the show. They were all great and seeing as its a very physical story, i was really impressed by their performances, especially Michael Craze who was great as Ben in this story.
A standout peroformance was Robert Beatty as general Cutler, who slowly becomes more and more violent, and more and more mindless until he is killed. The performance is great as you genuinely dislike him so the satisfaction when he's finally killed is euphoric.
The regeneration scene is iconic and for such a good reason. The whole build up is so melancholic and sad, and he finally drops to the floor and changes, it just feels incredible to watch as a viewer, such a monument in the shows history.
The animation was great in my opinion and didnt break my enjoyment of the story, and even it amplified it. For example in the original episode when mondas is destroyed it just goes white and vanishes, but in the animation it breaks apart and explodes, which so much better and satisfying and i think this artistic liscene os welcome as it gives us brand new things in 50 year old stories.
My final thoughts are, that this is not the perfect doctor who story but it is a very good one, with some amazing acting and writing, and if only it had a bit of a bigger budget i could see this being one of my favourites of all time.
Final rating: 8.5/10
I will be arranging this theme in a way so that each Doctor gets multiple monsters representing them (multiple incarnations of 1 monster can be used!).
Starting off with William Hartnell, what better place to start than with The Daleks!
Theme continues tomorrow. Goodnight!