Starring Sylvester McCoy as The Doctor
with Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush and Sophie Aldred as Ace

148 Time and the Rani

McCoy's Doctor gets off to a somewhat muddled start in a story that feels very much like a stopgap. However, his funny little Doctor isn't without charm even if the character fails to settle down, and despite some incredible stupidity the plot moves forward nicely. O'Mara works nicely with such a daft story, and Andrew Morgan's imaginative direction makes this one more entertaining than it probably should be.


149 Paradise Towers

A small-scale story that largely works. The Seventh Doctor has settled a little for now, and all the little factions within the Towers are nicely defined. Some of the comedy is perhaps a little broad, Langford's grating and it goes off the scale a bit when the Chief Caretaker gets possessed, but there's an oddball charm to the thing which makes it hard to dislike.


150 Delta and the Bannermen

The evolution gathers pace. A beautiful story about love and rock 'n' roll, peppered with charming flourishes and delightful characters - Ray, Burton, Goronwy, Hawke and Weismuller, Murray. McCoy is charming and awkward alternately, and there's the first real sign of the incarnation's cunning. The story boils down to being about a group of good people doing the right thing, and the ending is gorgeous. Even Langford's good in this one.


151 Dragonfire

The uneven season finishes on a bum note as "Dragonfire" slips between the cracks. It can't decide whether it's a revenge thriller or a lightweight run-around, and everything slides around incoherently due to the mood swings and poorly thought-out ideas. Ace is given some diabolical dialogue, but the energy of the character still shines through, and Mel gets a fine leaving scene.