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Doctor Who 16/02/85 – The Two Doctors

Posted in 6th Doctor, Doctor Who on November 30, 2010 by watsonprime

I’m one of those people that thinks that every Doctor was good. While there were some who were better at others when portraying the time lord, I genuinely don’t think there was a bad Doctor. However, I do have favourites, and I consider the Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker, to be my favourite. While he had a whole bunch of terrible episodes, and of course was treated terribly by the BBC, he still gave a fantastic performance as The Doctor.

In The Two Doctors, he meets the incarnation of himself that was probably the most different in terms of personality and dress, The Second Doctor, played by Patrick Troughton. Where Number 6 is arrogant, loud, and a bit of a dick to his companion Peri, Doctor Number 2 is friendly and has one of the best companion relationships out of all the Doctors. The Doctor had met versions of himself before, but whereas those occasions were for anniversary specials, this one was simply for the sake of making a good story.

The story starts in black and white, with The Second Doctor and Jamie in the TARDIS, but quickly turns into colour. It’s immediately noticeable that the two are older, which makes sense considering that twenty years have passed since their first appearance, but they both are clearly enjoying being back in their roles, and the fact that they have aged doesn’t affect their acting at all. The pair are investigating experiments in time travel which ends badly when a group of Sontarans invade the space station and capture The Doctor. Meanwhile, The Sixth Doctor is fishing for gumblejack while Peri wanders round in a bikini top. After failing to land a big catch, they head back to the TARDIS where The Doctor feels the effects of his capture and torture by Sontarans back in his second form.

The majority of the three episodes are set in a Spanish villa, which immediately differentiates it from the previous studio set stories. But despite the location and the fact that Patrick Torughton and Frazer Hines are reprising their roles, the serial still feels like traditional Doctor Who, as opposed to The Five Doctors which very much felt like a special episode.

Watching Patrick Troughton as The Doctor is an absolute treat. While the fact that he’s on a mission from the Time Lords doesn’t fit in with the shows continuity, it is a minor issue and doesn’t effect the story. While he spends most of the serial tied to a chair he still manages to dominate every scene he’s in and shows to the newer audiences why he is considered to be one of the best Doctors ever.

Despite the familiar faces, there are a few fresh ones with a new species, the cannibalistic Androgums, represented by a particularly nasty villain called Shockeye. Unlike the Sontarans and the scientist Dastari who’s goal is to possess a time machine, Shockeye simply wants to devour a human, which makes his scenes with Peri particularly uncomfortable, you’re not sure if he wants to have sex with her or eat her.

Considering the poor quality of some of The Sixth Doctors episodes, The Two Doctors is one of the finest in the season with both Troughton and Baker working well against each other (although, not as great as between Troughton and Jon Pertwee) in the few scenes they have together. This serial has been noted by many as one of the most violent in the entirity of Doctor Who, with shootings, stabbings and even The Sixth Doctor covering a guys face with a poisoned handkerchief, but it’s not too distracting, and it’s a small price to pay for a good Sixth Doctor serial.