The first of the Second Doctor serials has come and gone. It featured the return of the Daleks, which is always a mixed blessing. But it also featured Patrick Troughton settling into his role as the Doctor, and that’s wonderful.
The story here was kind of meh. It wasn’t bad, but as with many of the early stories, it’s about two parts two long. Further, it’s another one that really suffers from being a reconstruction rather than a fully-existing story. Lastly, it gave us a background story about a struggle for power at a remote colony that I really didn’t care about.
The Dalek plan to pretend to be subservient to humans until their power systems were up and going, and they had their Dalek factory operational, was not a bad one, and the whole, “I…am…your…ser…vant!” bit was kind of cute.
Ben and Polly were their usual fine selves, but frankly, I was distracted in part by waiting for Jamie, who I know arrives in the next story. He remains one of the best companions the series has ever had, and once he joins, we’re going to really have something wonderful. Without him, it felt like I was just marking time.
|Script editor||Gerry Davis|
|Incidental music composer||Tristram Cary|
|Length||6 episodes, 25 minutes each|
|Episode(s) missing||All 6 episodes|
|Date started||5 November 1966|
|Date ended||10 December 1966|
Next time: “The Highlanders”