Thing is I was rather dreading this one too. Truth is my expectations for this season are rather low nowadays. My expectations in the 1980s for the show were much higher than anything this season could have achieved. I mean DW can boast about going anywhere, any time, any planet but then...it lands on planets such as this one...not that the set design isn't any good, it is.
But...rebels (UNDERWORLD, THE SUNMAKERS, SPACE MUSEUM), a tyrant using the populations (ENEMY OF THE WORLD), starving aliens (VENGEANCE ON VAROS), a daft android that speaks like the Chipmunks, a mutant who drools over Peri and wants her (CAVES OF ANDROZANI, THE TWO DOCTORS), a tyrant using a nice old man's nice face to fake himself (MACRA TERROR), a mutated monster, a time corridor, a former visit from the Doctor that we've not heard about before (with a locket with Jo Grant's face in it given as a gift?WTF?), time experiments (CITY OF DEATH, THE TIME MONSTER, INVASION OF THE DINOSAURS, THE TWO DOCTORS), a Blake's 7 guest star as a villain, underlings who get killed...and on and on...haven't we seen all of this before...why not do something different or even a historical rather than this?
That said, it's a traditional story. Paul Darrow over acts just as Colin was said to have acted on BLAKE'S 7 (but that story was very well done) but it doesn't really detract nowadays but makes it more fun; back in the 80s it was very annoying. The Morlock monster was...pathetic and embarassing. Ditto the android that suddenly appears and catches fire. Both Vena and Herbert act as if they are, sorry, retarded or on sleeping pills or zoloft or something.
The most interesting rebel/character was Gazak and he was sent down the TIMELASH early on. What a looker, too.
There's a bunch of stuff in ABOUT TIME 6 that doesn't make sense about this story so I won't go into all of it but the acid flower thing? It doesn't go off in the Doc's face or Peri's but does in a man wearing bee keeper covering? Tekka's way of asking for help from the Doc is to assault Peri...? ANd we haven't seen the actual time corridor/time tunnel yet but it's pathetic.
Apparently no one sent down it is to die but if they land in Loch Ness. Maybe Gazak is still alive? Hopefully? Maybe there can be a sequel to this of aliens in ancient Loch Ness or Scotland...
In any event, if taken for what it is, sub par DW, this story can be enjoyed and is not too bad. I even forgave the Peri/Doc fights in the early TARDIS stuff...it's not that bad although maybe I"m watching a cut version?
It's funny that time and expectations can have a serious effect on how one views things. I used to hate this story and truth be told, this entire season but having watched almost all of it, I can say it's not that bad TODAY...