1)A so-so story somewhat redeemed by the performance of Beatrix Lehmann as Professor Rumford. Lehmann is one of those older actreeses that the show would employ from time-to-time as the only people who seemed able to "out-eccentric" Tom Baker. Susan Engel did her best with the somewhat lackluster villainess Vivien Fay. The Ogri were interesting "muscle" for her, although it would have been nice if they could've come up with a name that wasn't so close to "Ogrons".
2)I expect if you were doing this nowadays, you'd have the Druidical Anti-Defamation League on your case.
3)All of the crows in this make me think of my paternal grandmother. I don't know whether it's an Irish thing or not (Figs might know), but she was extremely superstitious about birds, considering them ill omens. I remember at her gravesite, when her coffin was being lowered in, a big ol' crow came down and perched on the tombstone. The old Man and I both noticed it at the same time and gave each other a quick "Alriiighty, then" look.
4)I liked the bit with the Doctor as a toreador - or shuld that be "ogriador"?
5)The bit with the unhappy campers was a momentary throwback to the Holmes Hinchcliffe Horror days.
6)As for me, I found the whole business with the Megara to be extremely tedious. The Doctor's barrister's wig was amusing.
7)Some fun quotes:
Some amusement value, but it definitely feels like a story that could've used some editing to whip it into shape.
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I saw the film Fiend Without a Face (1958) for the first time recently and wondered if the throbbing sound effect used with the monsters inspired the one in this serial. Speaking of Stonehenge, I found a couple of the points in this article interesting.
I've been a-creepin' in the cromlech
A-creepin' in the cromlech
With menhirs from back home
Who'll drain your blood down to the bone
I've been a creepin' in the cromlech.
They used to call me Cessair
Till I got pink skin and brown hair.
But an Ogri's gone and died
And the Megs found out that I lied
So now I'm creepin' in the cromlech
a-creeping in the cromlech (repeat and fade)
I liked this bit...
"Well, I'm no fashion expert..."