Another long-awaited transitional story, with the departure of Mel and the arrival of Ace. McCoy and Aldred were to become one of my favorite Doctor/companion combos, so it's interesting to see the beginning of it again. It' s been said that in the old show, companions tended to be either "screamers" or "fighters". Here we see the Doctor with one of each.
1)For some reason, many of the secondary characters in this (Belazs, Cracauer, McLuhan, etc.) are named after film theorists. No idea why.
2)Kane's a fairly effective villain in this - he plays it "cool", appropriate for an ice-based villain.
3)Good to see Glitz again - they seem to have toned him down from his initial presentation as a borderline psychopath, to a "lovable rogue" type.
4)"I haven't got no mum and dad!" I'd forgotten how volatile Ace was from the start. Her quasi-slang gets to be a bit much sometimes, however.
5)"I've regenerated. The difference is purely perceptual."
6)The Dragon is kind of lame - but not "Myrka" lame, at least.
7)Cliffhanger: The Doctor hangs off a cliff! (There's a segment of the extras in which the director apologizes for this.)
1)"Excuse me, what's your attitude toward the nature of existence?" I love the "philosophical guard" bit - even the Doctor seems momentarily taken aback when the guy starts spouting jargon at him.
2)"My real name's Dorothy." Of course it is.
3)Kane and Xana were named after "Citizen Kane" and "Xanadu" - can't believe I never picked up on that.
4)Cliffhanger: "At last! After three thousnad years, the Dragonfire shall be mine!'" (I'm still a little sketchy as to what he needed it for.)
1)I love the look Ace gives Mel when Mel suggests playing "I Spy".
2)The "ANT-hunt" scene gives us a hint of what Aliens would've been like if it had been done on a 1980's Doctor Who budget.
3)"I'm sixteen, I'm too young to be freeze-dried!"
4)The melting face was a little grotesque.
5)"Well, I suppose it's time." Mel's leaving scene is weird - it's quite affecting, but it almost seems like she's leaving because she has to go, and not because she wants to. Certainly, we're given no indication as to why she'd want to stay on Iceworld, it's more like it's something she was fated to do, somehow.
A fun story, occasionally let down by shoddy effects work. And, of course, one of the most pointless cliffhangers, ever.
[Part of list of Doctor Who episodes here.]
Our usual habit, when multiple stories of different Doctors are released on the same day, is to watch them in “Doctor order” (the term “chronological order” doesn’t seem to apply), but by mutual agreement Tracy and I decided to lead with “Dragonfire” (for the obvious reasons you already pointed out). Regarding “screamers” and “fighters,” you may tally Tracy firmly in the “fighter” camp. Lamest cliffhanger ever! (You know the one I mean.) I agree with all your other points as well, and your general assessment, too.