The Chase: Doctor Who: Season 2
The Chase SYNOPSIS:
Witnessing historical events on a time space visualiser they took from the space museum the Doctor and Barbara stumble across an image of the daleks plotting to hunt down and exterminate the time travellers and take the Tardis. Currently on the planet Aridius they set off to find Ian and Vicki who have followed a blood trail underground and now face mire beasts.
The Doctor and Barbara are saved from a sandstorm by the native Aridians. But the Aridians have been enslaved by the daleks and plan to hand them over to their enemies in exchange for freedom. The four friends are reunited and escape the planet pursued by the daleks through time and space first to 1960's New York, then a 17th century ship called the Mary Celeste and a futuristic amusement park with robot versions of Dracula and Frankenstein.
Vicki stows away on board the dalek time ship when stranded and the TARDIS crew decide to make a stand against the daleks and resuce Vicki upon their next destination. Landing on the planet Mechanus Ian, the Doctor and Barbara rescue Vicki while dealing with an android double of the Doctor created by the daleks.
The Doctor disables the impostor and they are taken from the jungle into the metal city built by the robotic Mechanoids. The machines plan to keep the travellers there permanently with human prisoner Stephen Taylor. The only way to escape will be if the daleks attack and battle the Mechanoids.
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The Chase CAST & CREW
William Hartnell (First Doctor)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Maureen O'Brien (Vicki)
Robert Marsden — Abraham Lincoln
Roger Hammond — Francis Bacon
Vivienne Bennett — Queen Elizabeth I
Hugh Walters — William Shakespeare
Richard Coe — Television announcer
Peter Hawkins and David Graham — Dalek voices
Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, John Scott Martin, Gerald Taylor — Daleks
Ian Thompson — Malsan
Hywel Bennett — Rynian
Al Raymond — Prondyn
Jack Pitt — Mire Beast Operator
Arne Gordon — Guide
Peter Purves — Morton Dill
David Blake Kelly — Capt Benjamin Briggs
Dennis Chinnery — Albert C Richardson
Patrick Carter — Bosun
Douglas Ditta — Willoughby
Jack Pitt — Cabin Steward
John Maxim — Frankenstein
Malcolm Rogers — Count Dracula
Edmund Warwick — Robot Dr Who
Roslyn DeWinter — Grey Lady
Murphy Grumbar, Jack Pitt, John Scott Martin — Mechonoids
David Graham — Mechanoid voice
Production Staff for Serial R:
Writer - Terry Nation
Director - Richard Martin
Script editor - Dennis Spooner
Producer - Verity Lambert
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The Chase REVIEWS
Yes I have no love for the Chase, although not hatred either. As comic book guy would say from the Simpsons "worst dalek episode ever..."It's nearly the end of the season, who knows why they decide to make a 39 to 40 episode season when they only have the budget for about 24 episodes. Let's chuck in the daleks and have them chase the Doctor & co. around time and space. slightly overambitious. Ok the first two episodes are on a desert planet and are ok, but immediately forgettable.
The second two were where they land everywhere and the sets and bad acting are worse than any really, really badly done high school theatre. What was Steven Taylor doing as a stupid American tourist? As a kid I would've loved the Horror house bit but as a grown up it kind of grated.
The last 2 parts were better. Jungle wasn't really well done but the ideas of the Doctor's robot double were good but badly executed. The daleks themselves seem to be morons and the final fight with the Mechanoids (some interesting creations and intended dalek replacements) were well realised although parts of the fight were badly executed. The scene with Ian and Bab's departing was well done and a fitting wrap up to their characters, pity they had to go in such a naff story.
Firstly we have a futuristic Dalek ship which consists of two daleks only talking against a blank wall which has some alien technology stuck to it in the form of tin foil, tupperwear and two blinky lights. Then we have the Daleks themselves and what the fuck? One of them has a stutter!! Its a comedy Dalek. That's about as convincing as Colin Baker (sorry Tim. Got in early there!). Meanwhile on board the Tardis, the Doctor has stolen (!) something called the Time Space Visualiser and hooked it up to the console. Very impressive Doc. Tell me; how did you get something that big through the outer doors of the Tardis considering they are half the size? We look at some badly directed and appallingly acted footage of William Shakespeare (I think he wrote "The Crucible") and then Sir Francis Bacon, then that American President that got shot (not kennedy, the one that looked liked Neil Barnett) and then we get the Beatles on Countdown. Pity we didn't see the footage of Molly Meldrum shooting up.
Then its off to the planet Studio B in the constellation of Lime Grove where its a vast desert that stretches to the dizzy depths of eight feet by five feet. This planet has amazing scenery - you can cast your own shadows on the mountains that are supposedly in the distance!
Okay, I could go on like this for yonks but The Chase isn't worth it. It has appalling production values and sets and no one gives a toss about it. Even Ian and Barbara have the good sense to get out by this stage and who can blame them after the dross they've been served up in recent times? Proof positive that the production team don't give a fuck is that they replace them with a guy who has the personality of a cardboard box who was playing a totally different character two episodes earlier!!!!
A couple of other things I want to mention; why do they use a double for William Hartnell for the scenes where there is supposed to be a robot double when you don't need to use one? I thought you'd just film William Hartnell. Not some guy who looks nothing like him since neither the Doctor nor the robot are in the same scenes together. Then there is the famous mechanoid / dalek confrontation that comes complete with "batman" sound effects on the screen; SPLAT! POW! ZAP! SHIT!Yep. The Chase is crap. And its not even good crap. Zero.
You know, the idea of the Chase isn't that bad... but the execution was (more so than normal). It did just feel like a "hey, the Daleks are popular, let's stick them in another story this year"... Maybe a tight four parter could have worked, but it really did drag (so much so that I notice Grob has decided to argue logistics of door sizes... forgetting that this is a show about a ship that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside... logistics??).
I'm not as harsh... it's got Daleks in it, so even if it's incredibly slow, the Chase is still ok!