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on November 6, 2000
A lot of fans are quick to state that "City of Death" is one of the greatest Doctor Who stories ever made. I couldn't disagree more.
Placed firmly in what is argueably one of the worst Dr. Who seasons of all time, "City of Death" comes out smelling like roses. But does that make it a good story?
The short answer is, quite frankly, no. Don't get me wrong--Douglas Adams creates some unique one-liners and the cast appears to be having a good time on location in Paris. But what the story lacks is the sophistication, intelligence and pure enjoyment that made up the early Tom Baker stories. Tom Baker's unrestrained performance needs to be roped in a bit and Lalla Ward is a bit too understated in only her second appearance as Romana II. Throw in a storyline that is far too predictable and never really gains any momentum and you've got a mess disguising itself as a classic story.
If you're a Who fan, take the this story and watch it alongside such truly classic stories as Caves of Androzani or Genesis of the Daleks. You'll find that it truly pales by comparison.
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