Episode 188 – “Enemy of the World” – Part 03

People spend all their time making nice things, and other people come along and break them. – The Doctor

Really, that quote says a lot about the theme of Doctor Who as a whole, and the nature of good and evil.

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Alas, it doesn’t say much about that man’s fashion sense.

Yes, this is another evening of me watching the episode and starting to blog about it later. It’s probably going to be something I’ll do for the next few weeks.

The theme of tonight’s episode is, at least in part, sexism, and how women can sometimes exploit the sexist nature of men to get what they want.

In this case, Astrid and Victoria both suffer from bits of sexism, with Astrid’s being more blatant. She’s happy to use her sex appeal to get what she’s after, flirting with a young guard to get him to let down his…er…guard.

The food-taster, whose name I forget, isn’t an obvious victim of sexism, but is certainly a victim in many other ways. As she says when Jamie asks about her protecting Salamander’s life with her job, she says, “Sometimes we do what we have to do, not what we want to do.” I like that line.

Patrick Troughton, though, continues to be the real stand-out here, turning in excellent performances as the Doctor, as always, and really astounds as Salamander. He oozes menace, but in that cultured sort of way many a cinematic bad guy does.

The plotting for this story continues to be quite tight, and it’s all very well-paced. This is one of the rare stories that really needs to be six parts.

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