Doctor Who (1963)

Season 22 Episode 9

The Two Doctors, Part Three

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Mar 02, 1985 on BBC
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The evil Chessene puts in motion her plan to acquire the power of time travel — a plan that will change the Doctor's very nature…

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  • Had high hopes here but they were soon dashed in a sloppy, unfunny story.

    The presence of Patrick Troughton's 2nd Doctor is welcome during the woeful tenure of Colin Baker but unfortunately he is missing during much of the story. His best soslo part in the story is him camping it up as an Androgum which was his career nadir. Jamie looks a bit too old but nice to see him again too. Peri's back to being half naked and whining. Good thing they went to Spain or she'd freeze to death. This was the first equivalent of a six part story since season 16 but it falls into the padding trap that most six parter have. The Sontarrans seem to be added as an after thought and their masks and costumes are terrible. The worst parts was the useless character of Oscar and even his death was supposed to be funny, perhaps the worst comic relief the show ever had. Colin's Doctor once again seems overly violent with his killing of Shockeye. I didn't mind Shockeye's "cannabalism" but the meat tenderizing scene was too much. The stuff about how time travel actually works was neat although I'm sure it doesn't mesh with other stories explainations. Chessenee was a good villainess but basically just a reworked Servalan. Dastari was lame. The continuity errors don't bother me that much, the old 2nd Doctor set up wouldn't work for this story. This story had some good elements but once again, falls short in this very poor season of JNT's era.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Plot hole: Stike implied that the self-destruct mechanism on his ship would wipe out the surrounding area, including the hacienda. But when it did go off, it only resulted in a minor explosion, too small and far away from the hacienda to do any real damage.

    • Plot Hole: After all the mayhem in the restaurant, the waiters and other diners can be seen in the background calmly continuing with their normal business. (On the DVD commentary, Peter Moffat claims they would have to have paid the walk-ons more for reactions).

    • Revealing Mistake: Just before Oscar is stabbed by Shockeye, you can see the blood pack through his thin shirt. Despite this, his fatal wound bleeds very little, not even staining the knife.

    • This was the late Patrick Troughton's final performance as the Doctor.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Peri: We're not going fishing, are we?
      The Sixth Doctor: No. From now on, it's a healthy vegetarian diet for both of us.

    • The Second Doctor: Do try to keep out of my way in future, and in past, there's a good fellow. The time continuum should be big enough for both of us… just.
      The Sixth Doctor: You know, I think I preferred you as an Androgum.

    • Shockeye: Tell me: on this planet, do they ever eat their own?
      The Second Doctor: I believe in the far Indies it has been known, but I remember a dish… shepherd's pie!
      Shockeye: Shepherd's pie? A shepherd? Can't we walk quicker?

    • The Sixth Doctor: I've come a long way for you.
      The Second Doctor: Naturally. Don't expect any thanks.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Robert Holmes, this serial's writer, is a vegetarian. As such, he intended this story (particulary the parts concerning the Androgums) as a commentary on meat-eating, hunting, and butchery.

    • Violence corner: various stabbings by Shockeye and Jamie, and an inventive use of cyanide gas by the Doctor. There's also a tasteless gag involving a severed leg and Shockeye bites out a (prop) rat's throat. The alien chef's obsession with cooking and eating human beings as a delicacy (technically not cannibalism, but a rather fine distinction for tea-time viewing) drew unfavourable attention too.


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