Posts Tagged ‘Susan

26
May
10

William Hartnell: Reflections and Rankings

William Hartnell lasted for 29 stories, just over 3 seasons. At this point, I have no one to compare him to, so I guess I’ll go ahead and say he’s my favorite Doctor. For now.

I almost liked Hartnell’s Doctor more at the beginning of the show than at the end. His grumpiness and mysterious nature was interesting and had potential for some good character exploration. But, as often happens with television shows, they start to determine the direction of the show and characters change. This was even more evident with Susan, originally strange and precocious and eventually just whiny and annoying. The Doctor fared better, though, as is evident by the fact that the show continued.

Hartnell showed some pretty decent range, handling his grumpiness, his sensitive side, his adventurous nature and his intelligence with ease. He easily moved between story structures, fitting into all of them. His comic timing was almost always spot on.

The Hartnell era did suffer, though, from some incidents of poor story telling. Even worse was the slow pace of a lot of the stories. This is likely just a side effect of television in the 1960s, but Hartnell’s age made it a bit worse. While in my reviews I try to give the show credit where credit is due, the truth is many of the stories are incredibly dated. While the sci-fi conventions may have been new and/or unique at the time, a lot of them have become rather tired (such as computers taking over the world). I ignored that fact for the sake of my reviews, but many other reviews I have read complain about the cliched nature of many of the Hartnell stories. While I don’t believe that is fair (many weren’t cliched at the time), it does affect our opinions of them. And that characteristic of being dated is not helped by William Hartnell being so old. It can sometimes make a lot of the stories seem older than they are.

Additionally, there is a decided lack of action in many of the stories. While that doesn’t bother me too much, it made some of the longer stories, especially in Seasons 1 and 2, drag. The missing and reconstructed episodes didn’t help much.

Overall, I enjoyed William Hartnell’s Doctor. Obviously, or I wouldn’t still be watching. I enjoyed his clever wit and thought he gave the character a nice depth. Depth, of course, is something lacking in many of the companions. Here are my rankings of the companions from the Hartnell Era:

Female
1. Vicki – Cute, endearing, adventurous, and a good relationship with Hartnell’s Doctor.
2. Barbara – A bit uneven, but strong when she needed to be and not afraid to keep the boys in line.
3. Susan – Intriguing, but her character was unable to deliver. Not sure if it was Carol Anne Ford’s or the writers’ fault.
4. Polly – Hot, strong, and smart. Would be higher than Susan if she played more of a role.
5. Dodo – Could have been higher on the list, but was really a background player.
6. Katarina – Dumb as rocks and only around for a couple episodes. Great death, though.

Male
1. Ben – I like his attitude. Very no-nonsense-let-me-at-em. I like the cut of his jib, you might say.
2. Ian – While I didn’t buy Sir Ian the warrior, he kept the Doctor in line and approached problems thoughtfully.
3. Steven – Started so strong, but faded fast. Had no real role of his own. Again, not sure if it was the actor or the writers.

Overall Top 5
1. Vicki
2. Ben
3. Ian
4. Barbara
5. Susan

Now, for some story rankings. I’ll do 5 favorite and 5 least favorite. That should not be confused with “Best” and “Worst” which might not be the same.

Favorite
1. The Time Meddler – Great comic interaction between the Doctor and the Monk, a glimpse into the Doctor’s world, a strong performance from both Vicki and Steven.
2. The Daleks’ Master Plan – This would be number 1 if it weren’t for the Chase and Egypt episodes. Chen was a great villain, the Time Destructor conclusion was intense.
3. The Myth Makers – Very clever and funny, generally a treat. It also features a good (if unexpected) departure for Vicki.
4. The Daleks – Take away the cave jumping, and this story is a great introduction to a great race of villains. I wonder whatever happened to the lame Thals…
5. The Sensorites – This story gets a bad rap, but I liked it.

Least Favorite
1. The Chase – The Daleks were bumbling disasters, the comedy was unfunny, the plot was unimaginative.
2. The Edge of Destruction – Why was this story even made? Nothing happened and this was the point at which Susan’s character began to devolve. And the explanation of the melting clock and the stabbing made no sense.
3. The Crusade – Boring!
4. The Reign of Terror – Boring!
5. The Smugglers – Boring!

I’ve already watched most of The Power of the Daleks, Troughton’s first story. I can’t decide whether I’m enjoying it or not, which probably isn’t a good sign. At any rate, I’m looking forward to the next era of Doctor Who!

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10
Oct
09

Story 010: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

More like Awesome Invasion of Earth!

A Roboman with his TinFoil hat

A Roboman with his TinFoil hat

The second dalek story really delivers with some classic sci-fi action. There were, as I have come to expect, some questionable choices. But overall, the story is a good one that I hope is a sign of the type of show that is to come. It has an eerie beginning, probably the best beginning so far. A man with a tin-foil hat walks to the edge of the river, lets out a tortured moan, rips off his tin foil and walks into the water. It’s disturbing and intriguing and wonderful.

The travellers land in a deserted London under a bridge with a sign instructing them not to dump any bodies in the Thames. While creating a visually creepy mood would have been a bit difficult if shooting on location on a small budget in 1964, the show does a decent job. The location is creepy in its silence and in the location in which they landed. Unlike landing in the French forest, whoever, they are immediately skeptical. Apparently they learned their lesson. Susan, in a moment of idiocy tries to climb up a bank and succeeds only in twisting her ankle and burying the TARDIS in debris. The Doctor and Ian then go off to try to find some place with some tools to dig it out. In the meantime Susan and Barbara are captured.

After the creepy silence of the first episode, the story pretty much goes on a nice climb to climax, with really only one setback. It turns out the city is silent because the Daleks have invaded and the dudes in the tin foil hats are robomen that they ask to do their bidding. These are very similar to early notions of the zombie: unconscious laborers set to work by evil forces of (usually capitalist) domination (brain eating didn’t come until later, although there’s a great one from the early sixties called I want to eat your skin or something like that). So, the zombies capture people and the Daleks either zombify them or kill them by turning them into photgraphic negatives. It’s a strange way to die.

The daleks are after some precious metal. The guy leading the resistance, I forget his name, but he’s in a wheelchair and slightly deranged. I’ll call him Dr. Strangelove. Dr. Strangelove calls it dalekanium. So, the daleks have a mine out in the country (Bedfordshire?). Luckily, the travellers have arrived just when they are about to drop a bomb into the Earth’s core and turn the planet it into a gigantic spaceship. Brilliant! This is totally B-Movie schlock at it’s best. One of the greatest diabolical plots of all time. Luckily, Ian is able to foil it by blocking the bomb tunnel with a door prop. He is also able to braid about 4 feet of wire into approximately 100 feet of rope in about 3 seconds. Ian is like MacGyver.

Hussie!

Hussie!

Susan, still back in London, has fallen in love. Hard. She even makes out with the boy. They had just met! What a hussie! Luckily her ankle has healed so she’s able to help carry the doctor, who was half zombified through the city and help her new boyfriend dismantle a bomb. She’s a pretty tough girl now that she’s grown out of her screaming phase.

The worst part of the story is when Ian and some other guy are trying escape the dalek mine and get back to London (this is still pre-bomb). A strange creature called the Slither comes after them. It’s a cliff hanger at the end of one episode, then they fool it into jumping down a giant hole at the beginning of the next. Other than excitement and showing off some not-so-hot costume work, I’m not sure what the point of it was. Are slithers like the daleks’ watch dogs? No idea. I didn’t get the point of it and could have done without it. I also could have done without the running from the daleks 10 minute montage in the second episode. We saw barbara running through all of London dodging Daleks. This was the first time my wife has watched any Dr. Who with me. She refused to watch any more after that interminable chase scene. That’s how bad it is.

The Daleks visit London.

The Daleks visit London.

One story note: The doctor says that their previous encounter with the Daleks happened a million years in the future. How could he know that? And if it was in the future, what were they doing on Skaro if they could fly everywhere? And why were they referring to the bomb that deformed the Thals as happening a few centuries earlier? I wonder how this fits into the overall Dalek timeline….I guess I’ll find out eventually.

The best part of the story, though, was the very end. Susan tells her new boyfriend how much she’d like to be able to settle down, but she can’t leave her grandfather. The doctor, recognizing that she is leaving her childhood behind, shuts her out of the TARDIS to leave her behind. She’s standing there, begging to be let in, wearing only one shoe (I think the doctor has the other?). He gives a great speech about the her future and rebuilding Earth and that her place is no longer with him, but on her own. It’s a surprisingly touching moment. You don’t usually see emotional departures at the beginning of a show’s second season, but Dr. Who pulled it off. As much as Susan irritated me, it was sad to see her go and even sadder to see the doctor realize he had to leave her. It’s the first of what is bound to be many cast departures, I hope they do them all as well as this one. The Wikipedia tells me that Carol Anne Ford was bored with Susan’s character because they wouldn’t let her expand it. I can see the frustration, she had become much flatter than she needed to be. Apparently Ford reprises her role later, although I don’t know when or why. Maybe the doctor returns as he promises just before he leaves her in a deserted London some time in the future.

Left Alone

Left Alone

07
Oct
09

Story 009: Planet of Giants

As should happen, if the Doctor actually knows what’s going on, the travellers begin Season 2 by landing in London sometime in the mid-twentieth century. However, the TARDIS malfunctions again. The doors pop open and shrink everyone inside. This seems to be yet another bad design feature of the TARDIS. Is there a back-up lock? A deadbolt? A really strong magnet? One of those things where a bar is fit into two brackets like in castles in old movies? Nope. Just a fail-safe policy of shrinking the passengers.

250px-Planet_of_the_Giants

My goodness, Ian! It's Huge!

Not knowing where they are, the travellers explore the new world. They seem unsure what has happened to them, despite the obvious clues: a giant Earthworm that looks a vaccuum hose, a huge box of matches. Eventually they figure it out, but by that time, Ian has been carried away because he was stupid enough to hide in the matchbox. Now, the true adventure begins as the tiny travellers have to make there way the long distance to the house.

The dark turn of the series that began in the last couple of stories in Season 1 continues here as we see more human-on-human violence. Some jerk of a special agent wants a scientist to lie on some report about a pesticide. In an environmentalist theme, the pesticide is so dangerous that it instantly kills all life that is of small stature (like our Heroes). The jerk kills the scientist. And then, to top it off, when another scientist shows up, he makes him help hide the body. Dark times, indeed!

To make a long story short, Barbara gets into the cottage with Ian and makes a bonehead move that isn’t too bad….but her reaction is ridiculous. She picks up a piece of wheat or whatever with the pesticide on it. Does she say anything so that someone with more intelligence than her could come up with something (like, find some water to wash her hands in, maybe?) she keeps it to herself and acts like a kid who ate the last cookie and is afraid of being found out. Suck it up, woman!

Susan and Doctor eventually arrive. The best part is when they set the cottage on fire to create a diversion. Their too small to be seen or heard and the people are outside. So they light a fire. Brilliant. Luckily, the police arrive and presumably give the evil-doer his comeuppance. By doing the landing procedure in reverse, the Doctor is able to return everyone to the full size and Barbara doesn’t die from the pesticide. That should have been washed off in the sink they used to escape. Incidentally, it was strange that the drain went into the yard. Wouldn’t all of thwater just go out into the yard? I don’t think my drain does that….

If it weren’t for Barbara’s brainless reaction to touching the pesticide, I would have really enjoyed this story. Instead I just enjoyed it at a normal level. Srhinking the cast was a clever twist that allowed them to add some nice touches such as Susan and the Doctor hiding in the drain overflow, the giant pesticide-riddled wheat, the dangerous journey. Best of all, the story was only 3 episodes long. There was no canyon jumping, there was no screaming, there was no filler. Wikipedia actually tells me there was an intended fourth episode featuring the telephone operator. I don’t know whose boring idea that was, but I’m glad they ditched it.

My professor on Monday night wore a Dalek t-shirt. I was jealous.

Dalek Invasion is next. I’m expecting great things.

19
Sep
09

Story 008: The Reign of Terror

Apparently season finales were not much of an event in 1964. The Reign of Terror was so boring I had to watch a couple of episodes twice because I fell asleep. I was never really interested in European history after the Middle Ages anyway. One thing I will say, though, is that this story is a bit darker than has been established thus far in the series. Despite that, it resorts to a strange lightness in certain parts. It makes the story feel a little uneven overall.

An indignant Doctor, who had vowed to a whiny Ian at the end of the last story that he would get them home to London, claims that he has done so. The picture of trees on the monitor seemed good enough to convince the travelers that they were indeed in London. Ian lures the Doctor out with the promise of a pint, and it’s a good thing. Otherwise Ian and Barbara would have been left alone in the woods where they found a dirty little boy that told them they were in France. They weren’t concerned with the kids dirtiness, for some reason. Apparently even in the twentieth century the British maintained a hatred of the French that included an assumption of poor hygiene and/or child care. Also, the French kid spoke English. In fact, everyone in France spoke English, without an accent even. This is starting to bug me.

The travelers find a farmhouse where we learn they have landed smack in the middle of the Reign of Terror (the Doctor’s favorite part of Earth history, apparently) and we witness what is (I think) the show’s first instance of human-on-human violence. Some rebels are shot and killed, and the Doctor is attacked and left for dead in a burning farmhouse. Dark times, indeed. Susan, Ian, and Barbara are imprisoned in Paris, later rescued from the guillotine and become part of the resistance, which is apparently housed in a shabby-chic mansion somewhere.

While all of this is happening, the most curious part of the story happens. The Doctor, who survives the fire, goes on a walk to Paris to rescue his friends. Aside from the absurdity of the 90-year old doctor walking all of this way (with his walking stick from the Kahn, I might add) in the summer hear, he is detained and forced to do manual labor. He makes some light-hearted jokes, then hits the foreman with a shovel! He become momentarily deranged, primarily out of concern for Susan. I wasn’t sure whether to be impressed or horrified. But, nonetheless, he clobbers the dude, then walks off toward Paris to the beat of some sweet happy tunes. This whole sequence confused me — the darkness of murder, revolution and prison and the doctor is making jokes and clobbering to a lighthearted soundtrack? It was more than a bit odd.

Look at that awesome hat!

Look at that awesome hat!

Not as odd as the crazy hat the Doctor wore when he was pretending to be some mayor or governor or something to fool the jailers into letting his friends loose. We meet Robespierre and Napoleon (who is not nearly as grumpy as I would have expected). In the end, of course, Robespierre is removed from power, even though Barbara (AGAIN!) wants to change history and do something to stop Napoleon. I’m not even sure Napoleon played an actual role in the removal of Robespierre, but that’s what happens when you get your history education from a science fiction television show. Or, if I’m wrong, what happens when you don’t pay attention in your public education.

As the travelers leave France, the Doctor gives some monologue about travel and destiny and life. This did give the conclusion an air of season-finale and was kind of a nice touch. I would hope, though, that since the Doctor knows exactly when and where they were that he can get them back to London. I know he does by the second story of season 2, because the Daleks return. Before that, though, is Planet of Giants….after a reflection on completing season 1, I’ll be watching that. In the meantime, I’ll look forward to seeing how/if the show changes for season 2.

15
Sep
09

Story 007: The Sensorites

Two Sensorites and the Doctor

Two Sensorites and the Doctor

I have a confession: The Sensorites is my favorite story so far. It starts off kind of dark with the finding of some dead space people (they aren’t really dead), it has conspiracy (which I love), it has a strangely endearing race of creatures (the sensorites), and Susan doesn’t scream. In short, it has everything one could ask for.

For some reason the TARDIS enjoys setting the travelers down inside places. Like a tomb. And now a spaceship. What if the ship wasn’t there, would they have materialized in space? That’s not very promising or reassuring. But there in the spaceship are (gasp!) two dead humans. Don’t fret, they aren’t actually dead, just put to sleep by the presumably evil Sensorites. And at the end of the first episode an incredibly creepy-looking sensorite shows his face outside the space ship’s windshield. Incidentally, why, exactly, does a spaceship have a windshield? Is it so the pilots can see where they’re going? Are there really that many things in space one might collide with that radar or something couldn’t tell them about?

That sensorite, oddly enough, I don’t think looked like any of the others. By the intro to the next episode, he did, but i swear at the end of episode he is a different breed of sensorite. One that is a lot creepier. He looked like a deranged old man.

The Sensorite with their Sensing Disc

The Sensorites with their Sensing Disc

the sensorites are bald, except for some old man tufts, and they are afraid of loud noises and darkness. In that sense they’re a lot like my dog. Also, they are not capable of telling one another apart, except by the sash they where. I’m not sure what their issue was, I could tell them apart easily by which ones had beer bellies. HA!

Anyway, they can’t figure out why they’re dying, although after attention was paid to the water and Ian got sick, I knew what was up in about 2 seconds. The sensorites, in addition to being incredibly timid are also apparently not very smart. Despite their lack of intelligence, the sensorites can communicate by sending thoughts to one other, using some special sensing disc. We also learn that Susan is able to communicate telepathically, and does so with Barbara at some point.

I’m not sure the role telepathy will play as we learn more about the Doctor and Susan’s home, but she seemed to make the connection. And the Doctor didn’t seem surprised that she had the ability.

In the meantime, a suspicious chief of police attempts to thwart the elders’ plans to allow the doctor to help by purifying the water. He is suspicious of all humans because some had come before and tried to rob the planet of its resources. This was an interesting environmental message that may have missed the mark at the time. I’m not sure how environmental causes were doing in the early to mid sixties. Either way the chief of police, after realizing that the sensorites all look the same, kills the second elder, pretends to be the second elder and executes his plan. (Un)fortunately, he fails, as his story doesn’t match up and the humans realize he’s not the second elder. Once again, the brains are on the short side. They all have different body types and voices.

It turns out the water was being poisoned by some left over humans, although it was never made clear why they were trying to kill the sensorites, other than the craziness of their leader. And they were living in the sewers and therefore were never found because the sensorites are too afraid of the dark and the loud noise of the human’s shouts. But, no fear, the humans are caught, the water is cleaned, and the not-dead passengers on the space ship are allowed to leave.

While Susan is a bit lame when she’s hearing all of the sensorite thoughts at once, she pretty much abstains from screaming, which is nice. Also, it was a good return to her strangeness from the first story.

I enjoyed this one.

Some questions: Is telepathy typical of those from the Doctor’s planet? Do these abilities begin to play a more prominent role?

13
Sep
09

Story 006: The Aztecs

The Aztecs were, in my understanding, a warrior nation with a very rich culture. I have always kind of imagined them as a more violent version of the Mayans. Clearly, my education in Central and South American Indian nations was a bit lacking. No fear, however, Dr. Who is here to shore up my knowledge. The Aztecs is the second history/education based story and is, I think, more valuable as such than Marco Polo. That may simply be a side effect of being able to watch the actual episodes.

In short, the travelers land inside a tomb or temple of some sort. Which is unfortunate, because had they landed a few yards to one direction, there would have been no doubt about their status as gods. They walk outside, but realize that they get back into the tomb due to the gigantic stone door. The Aztecs, in the middle of a power struggle between the peaceful priest and the human-scarifice-hungry medicine man, confuse Barbara for a goddess and therefore her friends are treated, for the most part, pretty well. Until her divine status is questioned of course. Then, it’s a mad scramble to open the tomb and get back to the ship.

The education of this story is centered, once again, on Barbara’s historical knowledge. We learn about the Aztecs’ human sacrifice and the general structure of their society. What I thought was interesting, though, was that Barbara tried to change their society. This is another instance of the travelers attempting to impose their own values on those they encounter (the Thals). This time, Barbara tries to prevent the human sacrifice under the assumption that eliminating such barbaric activities will help to preserve the civilization. The Doctor, much more experience in time travel, tells her that she cannot make any changes, even if she tries. Just like in Lost, if it didn’t happen, it can’t happen. Despite our heroes’ attempts to affect others’ cultures, this seems to be an indictment of such ethnocentric beliefs. So, not only do we have a historical lesson, but a moral one as well.

Our education is not limited to history and morals, however. We also get a bit of physics. Not from Ian, of course. He is too busy learning how to fight Ixta, the mighty Aztec warrior. Like his strange relationship with Marco Polo, Ian once again finds himself sleeping in very close quarters with Ixta. After being poisoned during a battle with Ixta, Ian becomes smart enough to warn Barbara of the same fate. Anyway, the physics. The Doctor, in a stroke of genius, decides that he can open the gigantic stone door through the use of a pulley. We witness his contruction of the wheel and his description of how the pulley works. Science education, clearly an intention from the who’s inception is most obvious here.

Speaking of the Doctor, we see a bit of humanity in him. The Senstive Doctor shows his face and it’s rather refreshing. He unwittingly becomes engaged to a lady that has taken a liking to him in the Retirement Garden where he spends most of his time whittling his pulley. The doctor comes off as compassionate and kind, something that has been lacking in his character thus far. There is actually a bit of genuine romance present in his interaction with the woman. It would be nice to see this portion of his personality developed a bit more. Susan is also engaged to be married. Here is another comment against arranged marriages. What is it with the show’s writers?

Overall, The Aztecs was a pretty average story. It stuck to the formula and didn’t really do much for me, although the educational aspects were a nice addition.

Some Questions: Do we ever get more of the Doctor’s human side? Does Ian ever teach us about science, since it’s kind of his job? Do the travelers ever stop trying to interfere with the lives of those they visit?

05
Sep
09

Story 005: The Keys of Marinus

Susan and a Rubber Suit Guy (Note the Screaming)

Susan and a Rubber Suit Guy (Note the Screaming)

After leaving China, the travelers land on a strange island with an acid sea. Some crazy guys in rubber fish suits (they’re called Voords) appear to be the villains. They meet some old dude that gives them some complicated story about a computer that makes everyone on the planet? the universe? obey the laws without complaint. The guys in the rubber suits are immune to the computer and try to stop it. I’ve gotta say I’m with the guys in the rubber suits on this one. The last thing I need is some computer acting as my conscience. Plus, the old guy forces the travelers to go in search of the five keys he needs to run the computer. He puts a forcefield around the TARDIS and won’t let them leave until they bring the keys. The flaw in his plan, though, is he removes the force field as soon as they leave. So, why don’t they just leave and return immediately to the TARDIS? Who knows. Either eay, it’s a good thing he turns the force field off because the rubber suit guys send him to sleep with the fishes immediately thereafter.

To find the keys, the travelers must use these special Dick Tracy watches that take them to where the keys are. The catch is that they have to overcome some dirty tricks. The best of the tricks is a city in which all of the citizens are fooled into thinking they are getting their fondest wishes, but really they live in a rat hole. The strangest fondest wish is Barbara’s. She wants to sit on a psychiatrist’s couch, eat grapes and have everything brought to her by scantily clad women. Why is it that all of the women in the universe are scantily clad except for Barbara?

Brains in jars. Awesome.

Brains in jars. Awesome.

The best part of this episode is that everyone is being controlled by brains with eyes that live in jars. Does it get any science-fictioner than brains in jars? Awesome. Barbara goes nuts and smashes them all. For once, she’s the hero. One person who is NOT the hero is Susan. More screaming? Oh yes. She screams when a Voord attacks. And again it happens at an episode cliffhanger (the episode is titled The Screaming Jungle of all things), so it was double the screams.

Following the brain smashing, the travelers are joined by Altos and Sabetha, each of whom had previously gone in search of the keys. Good to see they made it far. Altos and Sabetha are painfully flat characters and wooden actors. And neither of them wear very many clothes. This seems to be a theme. Altos’s pants are extremely tight and extremely short. Like hot pants. The Doctor moves ahead with the brilliant strategy of splitting up to get the keys. He doesn’t appear again for a couple of episodes and the story suffers for it. One interesting note is that the doctor is carrying his walking stick, given to him by The Kahn during Marco Polo. And Ian is wearing his ugly dragon shirt through the whole episode. And just like everyone speaks English, no one finds the dragon shirt odd. If some dude landed on my planet I’d ask what the hell the dragons were on his shirt.

The best part of the story comes when the Doctor returns and acts as Ian’s lawyer. Ian is on trial for killing a guard. What is neat about it is the planet on which our travelers are has a system that believes you are guilty until proven innocent. He successfully acquitted, presumably just moments before his execution. There is some decent drama here. The Doctor believes he knows where the key is the whole time, but waits until he can prove Ian’s innocence to bring it up. Why it was hard to do so, I’m not sure, considering the actual guilty party admits it out loud not once, but twice. The first time wasn’t enough, apparently.

The traveler’s return to the acid sea island and return the keys, but, wait! It’s not the old guy! It’s a rubber suit dude wearing his clothes! The rubber suits are dispatched without much issue, though. Immune to the computer, not so hot on the fighting front. Our travelers lead Altos and Sabetha to run the world together. I fear for that world, I really do.

This story had the feeling of an old DOS-based game. Like Commander Keen. Maybe those games were inspired by the Keys of Marinus. Overall, I enoyed it. The concept was clever and it didn’t seem to drag. The least interesting episodes were those without the Doctor (freezing in a cave? a key in a block of ice? more cave jumping?), but he is the most interesting character on the show, so that’s to be expected. I was pleased to see Barbara take more of in-charge role with her brain smashing and investigation of the Ian Affair. It seems that Ian and Barbara are maybe starting to enjoy their travels with the Doctor. Maybe it was the trip to China and the sweet shirt Ian got. I wonder if he’ll take that back to London with him.

Question: Is the Doctor’s Chinese walking stick a permanent part of the show? Do the alien people ever put on clothes?




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