I've been having a little binge on Britbox again... by now I've run out of clsssics, so, I'm onto some of the lesser stories:
Happiness Patrol (1988)... I first saw this when I rented it on VHS from the local library. I have seen it again more recently but my latest rewatch was the most enjoyable. It is very silly and I don't think its really a political satire as such, I think people have read that into it. From the shocking pink wigs, The Kandyman and scenery chewing Helen A, this is pure camp. I do have a question, what are those things that live in the sewers, did I nod off or was it explained? Anyway I love their delivery of the line "Danger. Fefe!""... so awful, yet so Doctor Who.
Meglos (1980) ... the one with the cactus. It wasn't as boring as I remembered. Things I liked .. Tom Baker's cactus makeup was very good. I also liked the return of Jacqueline Hill who did a great job as the fanatical religious leader with a penchant for a good sacrifice... a classic Who trope that I love. You don't get enough of these anymore...
What I didn't like, Lala Ward's horribly uneven acting which is so jarring. I think she is one of my least favourite companions ever because of this. She'll go from competent to absolutely wretched in the space of 5 mins. Awful.
Overall it was okay.
Colony in Space (1971)
I remembered this as being overlong and dull. I was wrong on the dull bit. I think it's a perfectly average story of the era. I liked the plot and really got behind the poor colonists against the evil company trying to steal their planet. Now this did have a clear political message, whereas Happiness Patrol didn't for me. The power of huge corporations over everything still resonates strongly. Politics aside, you get a good guest cast, a quarry, The Master, lots of action scenes. Jo was such a great companion too.
Yes, it could be a 4 parter, but its still good.
Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)
"We are the Masters of Earth".. I've only seen this once before and that was ages ago. I was familiar with it as I've recently watched the movie adaptation which wasn't as good as this, despite the bigger budget and colour. Yes, despite a low budget, lots of fluffed lines and whatever that monster thing at the work camp was, this story has real charm. I found the principal cast very endearing. Had Hartnell done more colour episodes I think he'd be more highly regarded, he plays the Doctor with authority but with kindness and humour too. He fluffs the lines a lot in this but it doesn't matter as he has a charm about him. I think the biggest surprise is Jacqueline Hill (again) ... she is very much the lead in this story and carries several episodes. I always like a Dalek episode and it was nice to see them on location in London. Overall, good so long as you don't mind b&w and a 6 parter.