Weird plots, strange sets, and Michael Gough as a Chinese-esque person! Prepare for “The Celestial Toymaker!”
When last we saw the Doctor, we promptly stopped seeing him, as he turned invisible. On the plus side, Dodo changed to a mildly more intelligent outfit, so there’s that.
The Doctor appears to be invisible still, and intangible, but he can talk. No word on how he’s generating speech, or even breathing, if he’s intangible. Anyhow, Steven and Dodo try to help as much as they can to free him. Eventually they open the TARDIS doors and he apparently leaves.
We then cut to the Toymaker checking out some dolls and acting generally menacing. He takes two dolls, and, near as I can tell, makes them grow to normal size. Then we go back to the Doctor and friends. He’s visible now, which is a plus. I suppose. One could say that it was almost pointless to have him be invisible to begin with.
Steven sees a large-sized toy robot coming toward him. It has a video screen showing clips from their previous stories. The Doctor uses this minor bit of information to very quickly figure out that they’ve run afoul of the Celestial Toymaker.
The Toymaker takes the Doctor away, and Steven and Dodo are menaced by two clowns, Joey and Madame Edith. Then the Toymaker pops up and challenges them to a set of games in return for their freedom.
We cut back to the Doctor, chatting with the Toymaker. They’ve met before, apparently, which is kind of interesting. As far as I know, Big Finish hasn’t yet done anything with that story, but I’m sure they could come up with something interesting.
The Toymaker strong-arms the Doctor into some strange logic game. Madame Edith then gets Steven and Dodo into a game of their own. The Doctor tries to warn them about the sinister consequences of failure, but is cut off at the most dramatically important point.
We then continue on with lots of dramatic music, sound effects, and occasional bits of dialogue over still photos. This is exactly as exciting as you’d guess. Gotta love a reconstruction.
Next time: “The Hall of Dolls”