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Doctor Who - The Two Doctors

episode 141

UK 1985
produced by
John Nathan-Turner for BBC
directed by Peter Moffatt
starring Colin Baker, Patrick Troughton, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines, Laurence Payne, John Stratton, Jacqueline Pearce, James Saxon, Carmen Gomez
written by Robert Holmes, script editor: Eric Saward, music by Peter Howell

tv-series
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Colin Baker), Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton), Doctor Who (classic series), Sontarans

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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If you are travelling back & forth through time & space, you're just bound to meet yourself at one occasion or the other (even though the law of probability would suggest otherwise, but then, you can't very well film the law of probability, can you), & for a series like Doctor Who, that's especially easy, since oh so many actors have played the lead (7 alone during the series' first run of 26 years), & their only common characteristic is that they have nothing in common. So the Doctor had already met himself for the 10th (The Three Doctors) and the 20th (The Five Doctors) anniversary, & this was the third time (no anniversary though, legend has it that Patricjk Troughton, the Doctor's 2nd regeneration, just was very keen on doing it).

The plot has Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton, the second Doctor) & Jamie (Frazer Hines, who played a juvenile Highlander in his original run of Doctor Who, but by now he was already in his thirties) come to a spacestation where a couple of scientists experiment in timetravelling, but their way of doing so might destroy the fabric of time itself. On behalf of his race, the timelords, the good Doctor wants to talk the station's head, Dastari (Laurence Payne), into stopping them, instead he is taken prisoner himself (you see, only the genetic anomaly of a timelord can make a timemachine work ! - ?), & the station is under attack by the Sontarans, a race of warmongers ... When the Doctor in his 6th incarnation (Colin Baker) & his assistant Peri (Nicola Bryant) also enter the space station, they find it deserted with traces of a fight indicating what happened. But they also find Jamie, half crazed with fear, who turns out to be the only survivor, & who thinks he saw the Doctor being killed. Soon though, & with the help of telepathy, it becomes clear the second Doctor was brought to Spain by Dastari & his assistant Chessene (Jacqueline Pearce of Blake's 7-fame) & her cook Shockeye (John Stratton) - both Androgums, cannibalistic & treacherous beings who think of little else but food, & while she has a genetically augmented brain making her a genius, he is rather a pure primitive -, as well as 2 Sontarans. Of course, Doctor # 6, along with Peri & Jamie, comes to the rescue, & in the end - helped by the fact that the Sontarans & the Androgums turn on each other - they succeed, even though Doctor # 2 is temporarily turned into an Androgum himself (and, in an amusing scene, goes to a restaurant with Shockeye).

 

In the 80's, Doctor Who was definetely past its prime, not at all helped by producer John Nathan Turner's desperate (& often embarassing) attempts to modernize the series. This however, is one of the neater 80's stories, relying more on off-beat concepts (yes, childish as I am, I rather liked the food-crazy, cannibalistic Androgums), weird characters (& both Colin Baker & Patrick Troughton are among the weirder versions of the Doctor, even though Baker's garish costume more often works against him than for him) & strange dialogue than on run-of-the-mill action (which Doctor Who, due to a rather limited budget, was never good at anyways). But unfortunately, with a running time of 2 ¼ hours, this 3 part episode is way too long for its rather feeble story, much of it seems just the characters running to & fro to fill the time. And, the main attraction, the 2 Doctors actually meeting each other, just isn't played out except for a few brief scenes in episode 3, making one somewhat wonder why they bothered to include Troughton & Frazer Hines in this story in the first place. 

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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