Wow, what a different intro!
It’s always odd to realize that a new companion doesn’t know who the Daleks are. Especially since I know who they are. And I haven’t been on all that many adventures. But if you ever see a little blue box fly up there in the sky, you shout for me. Oh you just shout.
They actually called him Doctor Who. I don’t like that at all. Just sounds wrong. 😦
The Royal Scientific Club, is that really a thing? And battle bots!
“When you’ve seen the ages I’ve seen, you won’t use the term quite so freely.” -Doctor in reference to Ages. No wonder the Doctor seems so exhausted, come his 9th & 10th regenerations.
- Story Grade: B
Ever wonder what a boxy Dalek would look like? Wait no longer! If you watch this story, the last full story of the First Doctor that we’ll likely ever have, you get to see these great robots in action. The WOTAN and the War Machines are not as menacing as the Daleks, but the story holds up surprisingly well. This is another classic sci-fi plot, human vs. robot/computer/machine. Artificial intelligence, as we know, can be a great thing, but hopefully we also know the point at which we should stop relying on machines.
Point of note: Be on the look-out to see the actor inside of a war machine. You’ll be able to see him clearly in the black rectangular “mouth” for a longer than desirable length (a couple long seconds).
I am sad that we will be saying goodbye to William Hartnell soon. Sure he was crabby, old, and didn’t do a lot of acting in the last year or so, but he was the original.
- Story Grade: B-
- Not too bad for the first man versus machine story in Doctor Who. The War Machines are kind of cool, in a “total rip-off of a Dalek” way.
Thank you, William Hartnell. I mentioned that this is the last full story of his to survive in full; he will be missed. Thank you, prop department. you created yet another great 1960s version of an evil robot on wheels, possibly inspiring the battle-bots of today.