Updated October 5, 2004
SYNOPSIS The Doctor has given Ace an Initiative Test. It's up to her to figure out what's going on when they arrive in the upper observatory of a creepy Victorian mansion. As they investigate the house, they discover a big game hunter who's gone mad, a Neanderthal butler, the housekeeper from Hell, and Josiah Samuel Smith, the man in charge of it all.
Is Josiah actually in Control? For that matter, what is Control? Why is everyone afraid of Light? And what did Ace actually do to the house in 100 years time? Some of these questions are actually answered in the course of the story.
REVIEW Ghost Light always wins the spot for Trina's Favorite Doctor Who story. And it probably always will. So why? I hear you asking. Let's see, Doc7 in dark jacket? Check. Creepy atmosphere? Check. Quotable dialogue? Check. Rewatchability? Check. Moving music? Check. Plenty of Sylv & Sophie interplay? Check.
I know a lot of people have complained that they just don't understand Ghost Light (members of the cast included). I'm not one of them. Sure, I didn't get it the first time, but after repeated watchings, I took something away each time. The trick is to realize that Control is the control of an experiment. During the course of the DVD extras (commentary, etc.) Andrew Cartmel and Marc Platt explain all of this. I'm quite pleased that I had it figured out years before.
PRODUCTION INFO Produced by BBC in 1989. (The last Doctor Who to be recorded - until 1996.)
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