Posts tagged Second Doctor
The List of Who what where I’ve seen:
- Planet of the Spiders (3rd Doctor)
- The Time Warrior (3rd Doctor)
- The Green Death (3rd Doctor)
- The Mutants (3rd Doctor)
- The Claws of Axos (3rd Doctor)
- Terror of the Autons (3rd Doctor)
- Spearhead from Space (3rd Doctor)
- The Krotons (2nd Doctor)
- The Aztecs (1st Doctor)
So, do you remember how cool it was when Spock showed up in that two part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation? It was like a geeky party with your favorite classic science fiction buddy handing out with your new ones. I can only guess that the fans of Doctor Who in 1970 who saw “The Three Doctors” felt exactly the same way.
A gel-like plasma creature arrives on Earth and hunts down the Doctor, who calls on the Time Lords for help. Unfortunately, the Time Lords themselves are in crisis as their energy is being drawn off into a black hole. So, they send the Doctors’ earlier selves to help out.
This episode is very much a breaking of the Time Lord rules which forbids the Doctor from ever meeting his former selves. Before you get TOO upset that fact, ask yourself this question: Did Captain Kirk ever break the Prime Directive?
The answer is yes – and it made for damn good television when it happened. ”The Three Doctors” uses a loosely written story to feed fans the excitement that comes with recognizable guest stars. This series isn’t great science fiction, but it is (without a doubt) fun Doctor Who.
THE GOOD: I haven’t watched very much of the Second Doctor, but having him around serves as a great reminder of how different the role can be interpreted from actor to actor. Also, Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart’s confusion regarding the two Doctors makes for comedy gold.
THE BAD: The First Doctor was is such poor health that they had to cheat him into the story by explaining that he couldn’t completely cross time to meet the other two and was only available via television monitor. This was because his scenes were filmed at his home. It would have been awesome if he were around interacting with the other two, but they did the best they could.
THE CHEESE: This is the level of cheese equivalent to Batman and Robin appearing on Scooby Doo. (In case you aren’t clear, that in NOT a bad thing.)
Since the early nineties, I’ve always watched the geek feuds explode over Kirk vs. Picard. The battle expanded as additional television series kept getting added to the Star Trek universe and now you can technically argue “who is the better captain”?
Kirk vs. Picard vs. Sisko vs. Janeway vs. Archer vs. New Kirk
While that may seem complicated, it’s NOTHING compared to the world of the Doctor Who geeks. Since my post a couple of months ago about starting to watch the series, I have had a number of different people tell me which Doctor is the best – and no one has picked the same Doctor twice. There are currently eleven Doctors (though purists correct me and convey that there have been others, but “it’s complicated” is all they tell me.) I have been exposed to only a couple, and the one in this post (the second Doctor, Patrick Troughton) was more interesting than the first one to me.
Doctor Who: The Krotons (from iTunes): The TARDIS arrives on the unnamed planet of the Gonds, who are rules and taught in a form of self-perpetuating slavery by the alien Krotons – crystalline beings whose ship, the Dynatrope, crash-landed there thousands of years ago after being damaged in a space battle. The Krotons are at present in suspended animation, in a crystalline slurry form, awaiting a time when they can be resconstituted by absorption of mental energy. Periodically, the two most brilliant Gond students are received by the Dyantrope, apparently to become “companions of the Krotons” but in truth to have their mental energy drained, after which they are killed When the Doctor and Zoe take the students’ test, their mental power is sufficient to reanimated the Krotons. The Doctor discovers that their life system is based on tellurium and, with help from the Gond scientist Beta, he is then able to destroy them and their ship using an impure form of sulfuric acid.
The episodes aired in 1968 and 1969. Ironically, I watched an episode of Star Trek the same time I was watching the Doctor Who episodes called The Return of the Archons about a superior computer convincing a race of people to live in a limited way in an attempt to maintain order for the population. Slightly similar – and the Trek episode aired in 1967. It seems that computer driven mass mind control was well feared around the globe in the sixties. I’ll start watching for a Mad Men episode about it to air any moment now.
Aside from the improved level of British humor in these episodes, the only thing that stands out is the fact that the TARDIS is finally travelling across space and time. Did I like watching it? Yes. Did the second Doctor “knock it out of the park” for me? No. He’s amusing, but not enough to sell me on the series.
ADDED NOTE: Since it’s been a while since I’ve posted about this, it should be noted that the “working out” in the title has to do with the fact that I watch these shows while at the gym via iPod/exercise cycle technology.