Brittany Watches Classic Who

     ↳ State of Decay (#113)

★★★ / 5

If there are no such things as strangers on this planet, how does the word exist?

This four-part serial features bats, vampires, and peasants! I watched this several days ago, so my memory of it isn’t very fresh. One thing I am noticing about Doctor Who this season is how they’ve started trying desperately hard to fit the name of the serial in one of the episodes.

"I’ve never seen such a state of decay."

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say about this serial. I was a little underwhelmed by it. I watched this serial over the course of a few days, late at night as I was about to go to bed. That usually means that my full attention is not on the episode I’m watching; therefore I’m not able to give a very well supported opinion on this story. 

Fun Facts:

  • The peasants in this story give a complex salute to their lords, covering their ears, eyes and mouths. This is a reference to the Three Wise Monkeys, “See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil.”
  • For the only time during his tenure as the Doctor, Tom Baker had to have his hair permed before filming commenced. It had lost its natural curl due to the actor being in ill-health. [This is very noticeable, Tom’s hair looks awful and he looks like he lost quite a bit of weight.]
  • In part three, Tarak bursts into the Doctor’s cell, catching him across the nose with the door. Tom Baker appears slightly stunned, and misses his next cue because he was really struck by the door.
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