I reached the end of the classic series on my episode a day thing yesterday. Survival works quite well as an ending for the series. The little voice-over thing added at the last minute especially, but the episode fully feels like a full circle of sorts for the series. The Doctor goes from kidnapping people from contemporary London, who leave the first chance they get, to bringing a missing girl from contemporary London(ish) home, only for her to decide to stay with him. There’s also a nice contrast between Ian teaching those crazy Thals the folly of pacifism in The Daleks, to the Doctor winning through non-violence in Survival, sneering at Patterson echoing Ian’s comments in his self-defence classes.
It’s also easily one of Ainley’s best stories as the Master and it’s nice to close the series with him popping up (and still at large). I don’t think I’d ever really noticed Ainley’s new costume in this story before and it’s quite good actually. Less OTT camp than the high-necked velvet thing.
I decided to watch Dimensions In Time before the TV Movie as well (it’s on YouTube if you’re interested). I think I’ve seen it since it originally aired, but I’d forgotten quite how shite it is. The new series has shown that just because something’s being done as a Children In Need short, it doesn’t have to be complete fluff, like this, which is just an airing of lots of old costumes, actors and lots of Eastenders cameos, bolted onto the flimsiest possible excuse for plot. Such a wasted opportunity.
Youtube did push me to a video of outtakes from it though, which is interesting, especially the last shot.