I like to think of Barbara’s hair as a separate character. It is just so big. And longer in this episode. I’m wondering if she has extensions in again.
Anyway, on to the rest of the story. It was nice to have a few of the episodes on film even though the rest were audio only. It gave me an idea of what to imagine as we listened. Overall the story wasn’t bad. They really do minimize the element of danger that I imagine was quite present in actual earth history. But I guess that’s what you get when watching a show meant to have children in the audience.
Thus far Barbara is my favorite companion. Though Sir Ian continues to display his amazing skills with a sword. Man those science teachers in the 60s must really have had a varied skill set…
On a side note; while speaking with the Oh So Handsome Husband here, it just dawned on me how many companions I am going to have to say goodbye to. I get pretty emotionally attached to some if these characters. This could get rough.
- Story Grade: B-
I have nearly nothing to add to Jael’s review. The combo death blow of audio-only AND historic-based story make this a snoozer for me. OK, I’ll go back, it was actually half audio-only and half-video, as two of the four episodes remain in video form, but the video did very little for me, which is why this story gets a below average grade.
Like Jael, I am shocked at how decent a science teacher from 1960s London is with a sword. Ian is so good with a sword that he even gets knighted! The other bit of weirdness is the Vicki/Victor bit; she is forced to go along pretending to be a prepubescent boy, since women were treated harshly back in those times, especially when battles were being fought. I had to laugh at the one line that Victor’s “voice has not broken yet.” I think that this is a very British and very theatrical way of talking about puberty. Maybe it was said this way in order to keep it above the heads of the children watching this story?
Lastly, a point is established that The Doctor does not like violence as he tries to persuade the king not to fight and take arms. He knows this part of history, and that his request is futile, but at least he establishes himself as a man who tries to solve problems without violence. With that being said, The Doctor is not a completely moral man, as he does his fair share of lying and stealing in this story, but it’s for the greater-good, right?
The wrap-up of the story seems a bit forced and rushed, which is odd since 4 episodes is more than enough to explain this story.
Bird noises. No dialogue, maybe the audio CD with narration would have been a better choice than the DVD of Lost Episodes. (Oh, harp sounds, trumpets, and drums, too.) then the end of the episode, just like that.
And now Pat Sajak in The Wheel of Fortune!… Where are the copyright lawyers when you need them? The BBC should lay claims to that name.
Vicki is being suited up as a boy (though The Doctor tells one man that she is actually a girl). The man that he told was confused by a girl dressing like a boy… sounds like people still today.
Classic “no, the other boot” trick.
- Story Grade: D+
- Broken record, I dislike historical stories. Do not try to force Doctor Who into history, play with the unknown throughout history, weave The Doctor into the past, do not force him into a round hole with a TARDIS-sized peg.
I would like to thank my lovely wife for doing this project with me. We are only 6% of the way through our quest, but it’s fun.