I own "Ghost Light," which I bought used, and have tried watching it four times. I've been all the way through it but it just fails to keep my attention. It's certainly one of those Doctor Who serials that would have benefited from being edited to half of its transmission length.
"Everybody" (supposedly) is in awe of both GHOST LIGHT and THE CURSE OF FENRIC, but while I understood GL more each time I saw it, I still felt it should have been 4 parts, while FENRIC-- somehow-- gets WORSE each time I watch it!
My faves from this season were BATTLEFIELD (which, again, seems like it could have used a little more running time), and SURVIVAL, the one where Ace finally "grows up". I still can't stand her debut story, and never would have imagined from that, that I'd come to like her as MUCH as I do by the time of SURVIVAL. Which makes it really hurt that they yanked the show off the air right at that point. (Something it shares with the 90th episode of WKRP.)
Watched this again last night, let's see what I can add...
1)According to Cartmel, they wanted this to be a four-parter, but weren't allowed to make it one, so they had to edit it down to three. Alas, they appear to hav eleft out all the bits that made sense.
2)Sophie Aldred wears that suit well in this, doesn't she? Of course, she looks good in the dress later, too.She does have some good bits, particularly when she realizes where the Doctor has brought her. "You tricked me! This is Perivale!"
3)Light sort of reminds me of Gorgan the Friendly Angel from that one Star Trek with all those unappealing children in it.
4)It's funny - I don't think I had seen much Dark Shadows when I first saw this, but watching it this morning I was struck by how much it reminde dme of some of the later DS episodes I've seen. Geez, that show went to hell when it went to color.
5)Apparently the filming of the fight scene between Ace and Gwendoline was watched most assiduously by the male cast and crew, for some reason.
6)Some fun quotes:
Some good moments, and some good performances, particularly from McCoy and Aldred, but in the end, still kind of a muddle.