There’s something about the 4th Doctor that fits the 70s like a glove – and even though that’s when the show was made, few of the stories were actually set in that period. But here we get the double whammy of not only a 70s setting but a suburban 70s setting, right down to the fondue set.
Of course, it’s not just the location that’s fun. This play has a great plot with plenty of twists in a script that nonetheless doesn’t try to be too complex. It rattles along at a brisk pace with plenty of things happening and excellent direction from Nick Briggs . The big bad is perhaps a little cliched but it’s not out of place with the 70s way of doing things and really they’re not in the story all that long. It’s not as action packed as Death Match but it’s much more intimate with the feeling of a small location shoot.
As I’ve said before Tom was my Doctor and perhaps that’s colouring my reviews slightly but I can’t help but enjoy the 4th Doctor range. And this team up between Tom and Louise Jameson is a heck of a lot of 70s style fun. It’s more Man about the House than X-Files but all power to its elbow for that. A retro 8/10!