Holy shit, I’m back. Yep, almost a month of all of you staring at Zoe’s backside, waiting for me to return. Sorry. Things have been complicated lately. But I’m back now, and you get something new to stare at.
So this is where things start to get really weird in this story. First off, Jamie gets turned into a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself, while Zoe goes wandering around in some sort of maze. Meantime, the Doctor sees the above-referenced soldiers, and, well, general weirdness is afoot.
So Gulliver shows up. Yeah, that Gulliver. I must say that the actor who plays him does a rather convincing job. It would have been interesting seeing him show up in a real production of Gulliver’s Travels. Then the Doctor gets menaced by a bunch of weird Victorian children, as one does.
Then we get the second-most famous scene from this story. The Doctor finds the Jamie cutout, and after a few moments, the face part of it vanishes. He then has to reconstruct Jamie’s face using various pieces, and when he’s done, he finds he’s screwed up. For the remainder of the episode, a different actor plays Jamie.
This really is a testament to the skill of the writing staff.Frazier Hines was out sick, and they needed some way to keep him in the story, so they did this bit with the face and brought in a new actor. Quite clever!
The baddie behind everything in this story is called The Master of the Land of Fiction, aka, the Master. This is a little distracting given the way that name gets used in later stories, and no, there’s no reason to assume this is an earlier incarnation of that later character.