Monday, April 6, 2009
The Doctor makes his triumphant return after spending the last two episodes either behaving grumpy and indolent, or having his grumpy and indolent implied whilst off camera. Here, his first appearance involves him discovering condensation on the walls of the TARDIS, in which Marco Polo allowed The Doctor and Susan to sleep during the night. After managing to capture the condensation, he presents it to rest of the caravan, thus saving their lives and thwarting Tegana's plan to kill the members of Marco's caravan (or, at the very least, his plan to have their lack of water be their demise).
What else has The Doctor been doing through the course of the night? Why, he's only been fashioning a second TARDIS key to use in a potential escape attempt further down the road.
Later on, when the damsel-on-distress (who this week is played by Barbara) disappears after following Tegana into the Cave of Five Thousand Eyes, one would think, based on what one has seen previously, that Ian would be the natural person to step up and search for her. But it's The Doctor who, together with Susan and her new BFF Ping-Cho, venture into the cave to try and find Barbara.
It's a refreshing change for The Doctor's character development, and while I've been enjoying watching Hartnell's performance thus far, this episode contains the first real seeds of The Doctor as the hero, a trait which would carry on for the rest of the series.
Posted by Steven at 11:10 PM