Looking back on THE DOMINATORS it's not hard to see them as the precusor for the Sontarans. They have a similar war like nature, a similar sense of dress, a similar attitude and their interaction with people are often violent, dismissive and comic at the same time - where the Sontarans rose though and the Dominators fell is easy enough to understand in this story; the Sontarans were the enemy of the Doctor straight off, whereas the Dominators were the enemy of only themselves - how they bicker back and forth between each other, always arguing over orders, always arguing over the Quarks, always arguing, arguing, arguing - it's less DOCTOR WHO and more a Cambridge debate over which goes best with pork at dinner - Port or red wine?; who cares is really the answer here.
The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are reduced to merely running back and forth in ths story, falling into the hands of both the Dominators and the Quarks, only to be rescued or escape on their own only to end up back where they started doing nothing more than marking time until the Dominators end up, almost, destroying themselves. The fact that the Doctor is responsible for the death's of the Dominators isn't seen so much as murder here as more an emotional release - finally, at long last, the Dominators can agree on one thing - they're dead...or perhaps destroyed?...no, dead...surely, truly dead. What the Quarks felt is a matter perhaps best left unexplored.
The concept of a passive, totally peaceful society is interesting and the play between the Dominators and Dulcians does bear watching and discussing since each side makes up an aspect of the Doctor, who himself comes from (at the time of this story) a very peaceful, isolated world - the Doctor is more Dominator here, having stolen the TARDIS and getting into the middle of things at once saving the day while leaving death, destruction and disaster in his wake - compare the two and ask yourself, who really is more troublesome to the Dulcians?
The extras this time around are fairly tight and interesting. Commentary is lighter than usual, but there are moments that stand out (Wendy Padbury's history with Matt Smith being the biggest, most unexpected surprise) and as always Frazer Hines cracks wise and still has a good grasp of the making of series. Text commentary is tight and worth the time reading. I found the TOMMORROW'S TIMES to be oddly empty and in need of more content and the inclusion of Caroline John as narrator an odd choice as she had nothing to do with the 2nd Doctor's era.
In the end the question isn't will you or won't you buy THE DOMINATORS, with so few 2nd Doctor stories left to us, not owning this story to go along with the rest would be a crime - yes, the story is dull, yes the Dominators seemed to be reading from a different script, yes, the Doctor and his companions really simply do rush back and forth destroying Quarks and being yelled at by the Dominators or forced to wear curtains as clothes and yes, the Quarks come across as a chest of drawers crossed with a Twonky; but in the end it's the interaction between the 2nd Doctor and his companions that will win you over and draw you back again and again.
So, a truce - THE DOMINATORS is best served with Port.