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Doctor Who (1963)

Season 2 Episode 36

The Watcher

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jul 03, 1965 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Watcher
Northumbria, 1066. The time-travellers find themselves in a Saxon village. But modern artefacts begin to turn up in the countryside. Who is the mysterious monk watching them from the shadows?

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  • The Doctor and co meet another Time Lord - the Monk.

    Basic Plot

    The Doctor, Vicki and stowaway Steven Taylor arrive on Earth prior to the Battle of Hastings. There, they find a strange monk who is in possession of various modern-day appliances including as a gramophone and a toaster.

    The usual historical story with a twist. Peter Butterworth gives a great performance as the Monk and the regulars’ on screen chemistry is particularly notable. However, many scenes drag, and nothing much happens in the middle of the story.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Steven: You gave this ship a name just now. What was it?
      Vicki: TARDIS. T. A. R. D. I. S. It stands for "Time And Relative Dimensions In Space".
      Steven: IDBI.
      Vicki: What? IDBI?
      Steven: Mmm. I. D. B. I.
      Vicki: Yeah.
      Steven: Means "I Don't Believe It".
      Vicki: You'll see, you'll see.

    • Steven: This is quite a ship you've got here, Doc. Never seen anything like it.
      The Doctor: Now listen to me, young man. Sit down. Now, there are two things you can do. One: Sit there until you get your breath back. And two: Don't call me "Doc". Now, do I make myself clear?
      Steven: Yes, yes. Whatever you say, Doc… tor!

    • The Doctor: That is the dematerialising control, and that over yonder is the horizontal hold, up there is the scanner, those are the doors, and that is a chair with a panda on it. Sheer poetry, dear boy. Now please stop bothering me.

    • [Steven does not accept a Viking helmet as proof that they have travelled through time]
      The Doctor: What do you think it is, a space helmet for a cow?

  • NOTES (7)

    • Vicki explains the acronym of TARDIS as "Time and Relative Dimensions" in space. This conflicts with Susan's earlier translation as "Dimension" but became canon for the remainder of the programme's run.

    • The Chase was not broadcast in some countries because of the violent content. In the version of this serial that was broadcast in the mid-1980s, the beginning of this episode was edited to cut out the scene where Vicki and the Doctor see an interior door move inside the TARDIS, thinking it is a stowaway Dalek but revealing Steven. Presumably they had hoped by doing this to avoid references to the previous story, although this would not account for the disappearances of Ian and Barbara.

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (BBCDVD 2331) released in February 2008.

      Video: Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (BBCV 7275) was included in Doctor Who: The First Doctor Special Edition Box Set (BBCV 7268) released in November 2002. Doctor Who: The Time Meddler (Warner Home Video E1854) released in U.S.A./Canada in October 2003.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who â€" The Time Meddler by Nigel Robinson (ISBN 0 426 20312 7) first published by W H Allen in 1987.

    • First appearance of Peter Butterworth as the Monk. This is the first time that we meet another traveller from the Doctor's homeworld, which is still not named at this point.

    • The first appearance of Steven Taylor as one of the Doctor's companions. It is explained that Steven had stowed away aboard the TARDIS during all the confusion on Mechanus in The Planet of Decision.

    • The was the first story to mix science fiction and a historical setting.