Warriors Gate Review
A strange creature forces its way into the TARDIS, steering it to a white void occupied only by the ruins of an old building and a spaceship. This empty space is a gateway to the past and future. The creature responsible for taking them there is Biroc, a member of the enslaved race known as the Tharil. The gateway offers the only exit from E-Space, but the void is contracting. Are the Fourth Doctor and his friends fated to spend eternity in E-Space? What final shocking revelation awaits the Doctor?
And Now it’s time for the review. Warrior’s Gate had its good parts and its Bad parts. I liked part 4 but the rest was all over the place. But today I shall be talking about 2 points-The Effects and the Writing.
1. The Writing
I’m probably going to say this time and time again for Season 18 at least. Doctor Who needed to have fixed its writing at this time. And I mean radical changes. Warrior’s Gate was an OK serial which was brought down by the writing. Who wrote this story??? Steve Gallagher. A novice in Doctor Who. Now that was a dangerous route considering the Doctor Who ratings were declining. I am doing these reviews jumbled up and may change my mind, but for now I’ll stick with this point. I would agree with this until Part 4. I actually quite liked it. It was comedic in a way. And it had drama. So in a way, Part 4 was the episode that ‘fixed’ the story.
Verdict: 7/10(Part 4 Outweighed Parts 1-3)
2. The Effects(AGAIN!!!)
Unfortunately, I had to put the Effects on the negative again. This was worse than Kassia’s eyes. The green screens was just… awful. I mean like why go to such lengths when they could go to an actual location. Budgeting issues? Probably. But I just don’t get that even though John Nathan-Turner’s vision was to match doctor who with the ‘glossy American science-fiction series.’ I don’t think this worked for Tom Baker’s era. But I’ll probably give a few extra marks as it was the BBC’s fault in a way. That is how Doctor Who ended in 1989-The BBC spending money on shows like EastEnders.
Overall Verdict: 6/10