I remember having the thought, that in both "TALONS" and "ARMAGEDDON" it felt like it should have been The Master, but wasn't. And frankly, when The Master did turn up in "TRAKEN", I found it very disappointing. The best part, at the time, seemed the visual of Tremas turning into The Master (with a vague resemblance once again to the original), but in retrospect, too many follow-ups were even more disappointing.
My main momery of this is the secens of Tamm and Ward together - the closest we ever came to a "Two Romanas" scene.
Watched this again, a few more thoughts below:
1)I liked the "propaganda film" at the start, especailly juxtaposed with the scenes of the half-wrecked hospital ward.
2)Lalla Ward seemed kind of listless as Princess Astra, not showing much of the spirit she would show as Romana. It would be funny to see a meeting between Astra and Princess Strella.
3)I really liked John Woodvine as the Marshal - he made a good fanatic military man. I couldn't help feleing that if they did a live-action Sealab 2021, he'd've made a good Captain Murphy.
4)Wasn't too wild about the Shadow as a heel, which wasn't helped by the fact that even the Black Guardian didn't seem to have much confidence in him. "I expected no less of you, you whimpering wraith!" Valnetine Dyall was good as the Black Guardian, what little we saw of him.
5)"Hello, Theet. How you been, boy?" I liked the Doctor's reacion to Drax, running into a guy he knew in school that he obviously didn't really like all that much. I gather that the Bristol Boys had some hopes that "Drax the Low-Rent Time Lord" had some spin-off potential.
6)Some fun quotes:
Overall (This Story):
An OK, if somewhat padded wrap-up to the Key to Time saga. Could easily have been edited down to a four-parter without losing much, I think. Shame Tamm didn't get to do a regeneration sequence. She says that she would've liked to do it, but she wasn't asked. Would've been an interesting twist to see the Doctor having to deal with a regenerated companion for once.
Overall (The Key to Time Saga):
Meh. It was an interesting idea, but just felt kind of drawn out. I'm not a big fan of season-long story arcs, it's one of my big beefs about the new show. That said, some of the individual stories - "The Androids of Tara" springs to mind - were entertaining enough in and of themselves.