In this story the newly regenerated Doctor ends up on the Earth colony of Vulcan, where he meets up with some old friends who are looking for some static electricity.
If you know anything about the history of Doctor Who, you will know that some of the episodes are missing. Previous DVD releases have replaced a part or two using either animation or photos. However, there has never been a complete story animated until now.
A note on the animation style, if you expecting something of the standard of new Captain Scarlet, or Thunderbirds you’ll be disappointed. It is cost affective (i.e. cheap), and quite jerky. The human characters aren’t great, but the Daleks glide across the screen and they seem more menacing than their early physical counterparts. If animation isn’t your thing, then you will probably complain.
As much as the risk of producing a DVD of a fully restored by animation, it was nothing compared to the risk of making this story. We take the changing of the actor playing the Doctor quite happily now, but this was the first time it happened. Answer me this, outside of Doctor Who name me other shows that changed the main actor and happily continued?
I could wax lyrical on why the second Doctor was the best simply because Patrick Troughton made viewers believe that the Doctor could change but still be the same madman with a box. But anyway…
The story itself is quite straight forward, with the Daleks using a let’s be friends then I am going to stab you in the back strategy. Lesterson and then Bragen get caught up in the “I am your servant” lie and think that they are in control. All the while, no one is listening to the Doctor who fails miserably in warning the colony of the danger that awaits.
It is as unnerving for the viewer as it is for his companions during Part One when Patrick Troughton refers to the Doctor in the third person. I know what to expect, but for first time watchers it would be easy to question if it was still the Doctor.
This early second Doctor is quite different from his predecessor. His failure to warn people shows that he has less charisma, and he is certainly less likely to explain what is going on. He likes his secrets, and he keeps everything very close to his chest. He plays the recorder, not to be eccentric, but to give him time to think and plot.
Longer Doctor Who stories normally have an issue where the middle parts just plod along with nothing happening. This one doesn’t, as the layered story of the rebels being played by Janley and Bragen, who are fooled by the Daleks. Yes, both Ben and Polly disappear for a part each, but there is enough going on that you don’t really miss them.
- I’m slightly disappointed that the Vulcans don’t have pointy ears. There must be two.
- I’ve got a badge saying that I am the Examiner therefore I must be one. Badges, badges, I need those stinking badges.
- The room full of Daleks getting really excited. You know that in the episode there would only have been moving, while the rest would have been cardboard cutouts.
- How quickly did the Daleks go from let’s wait and let the humans kill themselves, to Conquer and Destroy.
- I’m certain there is a Taize chant in there somewhere when the Daleks “Conquer and Destroy”.
- If the Governor is the only one who can bring the colony together. Why is there a set of rebels?
The Doctor’s hat, it just appears and disappears. I want a hat like that.