This was a strange story, and it’s a hard one to review. It’s got a lot of brilliant little moments, but the story itself kind of falls apart, and I still have no idea what the motivation of the Macra was.
There is plenty to like in this story. Jamie is as charming as he ever is, and in their penultimate story, Ben and Polly are given much to do. Plus Troughton has really settled into the “borderline crazy man” persona that the Second Doctor has become known for. It’s also interesting seeing this little dystopic society.
But there are significant problems, too. First off, the Macra don’t look great. That’s a minor complaint, but there you are. Second, I have no idea, even now, exactly what their plan was. Why were they controlling this colony? What did they hope to gain? I think they were after the gas or something, but weren’t there about twenty easier ways to do this? Like, for example, buying it?
Yet again, of course, the reconstructions don’t help matters much. They could be far worse, of course, and Loose Cannon did about as good of a job as can be expected, but ultimately they remain problematic. Still, they are better than nothing.
Overall this isn’t a bad story, but it certainly isn’t one that I feel the need to revisit.
|Writer||Ian Stuart Black|
|Script editor||Gerry Davis|
|Incidental music composer||Dudley Simpson|
|Length||4 episodes, 25 minutes each|
|Episode(s) missing||All episodes|
|Date started||11 March 1967|
|Date ended||1 April 1967|
Next time: “The Faceless Ones”