Writer Phil Ford crams plenty of amusement into The Doctor's dialogue, and one can sense David Tennant's glee as he rattles them off throughout the adventure. Lines like "you never know when you might need to escape in a box" go down a treat, along with The Doctor's momentary confusion that The Reds are more of a Mancunian footballing threat than a nuked-up Soviet one.
Animation allows a wider visual scope than the television series could feasibly realise, and this is taken advantage of through the exhilarating opening UFO chase and crash - and the epic sequence of the freshly hatched Viperox bursting through the desert terrain from their underground lair. Also, the 'camerawork', or whatever the animation equivalent term is, avoids many static shots and nicely roves around the landscape to give the action more of a dynamic feel.
An over-reliance on the Sonic Screwdriver frustrates at times, but the story comes together in a satisfying manner and contains a range of well-worked cliffhangers. The emotional and moral nature of the revived Doctor Who is also well represented throughout, via the depiction of the two warring alien species and the repercussions of their conflict.
Overall, 'Dreamland' is certainly a worthwhile endeavour despite the flaws, and boasts fine vocal turns by Tennant and the imperious David Warner as Lorz Azlok. Anything that easily kills some time until 'The End Of Time' is most welcome indeed.
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