Watched this agian, a few thoughts below:
1)The Bristol Boys are back, introducing their most famous contribution to Doctor Who.. The disk on this has an option to watch the story with CGI-enhanced effects. It's an entertaining gimmick, although the original effects were good enough that the CGI stuff isn't as much of an enhancer as they were for say, "Day of the Daleks".
2)We open with yet another re-vamped console room - I gather that the wooden one warped while in storage. Shame, I rather liked it.
3)Ah, the ubiquitous Michael Sheard as Lowe. Sheard was practically a semi-regular!
4)The "futuristic" spelling was an interesting idea, but it came off as kind of goofy. "Imurjinsee egsit", indeed!
5)Leela's shown practicing writing he rname and readiing signs and such - just a little hint that the Doctor's been educating her. she may as well learn to write "Cassandra", since she spends the whole story beign right about everything and being ignored.
6)Frederick Jaeger returns, this time as Professor Marius. He manages to avoid being too much of a goofy Germanic stereotype.
7)And the first words spoken by K-9 are "Affirmative, Master." I always liked K-9 as a character, but I understand that the prop was murder to work with.
8)The Swarm is an interesting enemy - a virus that can affect both organic brains and computers! That's John Leeson doing double duty as the voice of the Nucleus, as well as that of K-9.
9)I remember watching this as a kid and thinking, "Even I know that cloning doesn't work that way!" Looking at it again, I see that they at least paid lip service to the idea that it wasn't really cloning, but a sort of duplication, which might explain how they managed to "clone" Leela's knife and Lowe's blaster. Still scientific nonsense, though.
10)The Doctor apparently has a breathable atmosphere inside his brain - which I guess makes him an airhead!
11)If you watch the bit where K-9 blasts away a chunk of wall, it's pretty obvious that the wall was pre-cracked.
12)The Phagocytes remind me of the balloon things from The Prisoner. Holy crap, those things used to freak me out.
13)Some fun quotes:
Another enjoyable story. Leela really carries the story for large chunks of this.
I recently finished watching choice stories by Doctors 3-7, skipping any I didn't like. I didn't skip this one. (In fact, I only skipped ONE Tom Baker story. And it's definitely a "good" one. I just don't like it... and, I've seen it way too many times.)