My Thoughts on Story 024 – “The Celestial Toymaker”

Fun fact: “Celestial” is an old-time racist slang term for a man from China. In this story, Michael Gough, a white Englishman, plays the “Celestial” Toymaker. So let that sink in.

Well, at least they didn’t do this the next time we have a major Chinese character as an adversary!

I didn’t hate this story. But I really didn’t like it, either. It’s just…not good. This is where I normally say that the idea was sound, but the execution not so much. Not in this case. The idea of some strange, all-powerful being who forces the Doctor and his companions to play a set of games is just weird, not original, and not good. It can be handled well, but it certainly isn’t here.

Once again, part of the problem is the reconstruction nature. The fourth part, which is intact, was more interesting than the other three. But even that part wasn’t very good; it was just an improvement.

I didn’t hate this story, but it was deeply boring, and disturbingly, it makes me actually look forward to a story I’ve seen before and dislike!

Writer Brian Hayles
Donald Tosh
Director Bill Sellars
Script editor Gerry Davis
Producer Innes Lloyd
Executive producer(s) None
Incidental music composer Dudley Simpson
Production code Y
Series Season 3
Length 4 episodes, 25 minutes each
Episode(s) missing 3 episodes (1-3)
Date started 2 April 1966
Date ended 23 April 1966

Next episode: “A Holiday for the Doctor”

Next story: “The Gunfighters”


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