Monday, April 27, 2009
The above picture is of a chap called Robespierre (well, an actor portraying him, at the very least). As I have said, I know next to nothing of this era in French history, so, to me, the name Robespierre has only ever meant "some character in a Doctor Who story that doesn't exist in the archives in its entirety anymore and the only reason I know anything about him and the surrounding story is because of Peter Haining".
I'm doing my best to follow along with this story, but I'm not having much luck. As I'm watching this, I feel like I'm in the middle of a history lecture that I was 20 minutes late for, and there's no one next to me writing notes for me to sneak a peak at in an attempt to catch up. In other character news, though, Barbara, now out of the grasp of the probably increasingly lecherous Ian, latches on to one of the first men she meets in France, namely Leon Colbert, and has an almost instant attraction towards him. He, likewise, returns the advance in that cool, subtle 1960's TV way, but I can't help think that Barbara is using Leon to hammer the point home to Ian that the two teachers are "just friends".
Susan is sick. Still. And all three companions are captured/imprisoned/recaptured in no particular order while they stay out of the way of history taking its natural course. The inept jailer seems to be amusing everyone with his antics, though, and William Hartnell shines, as usual. But.......sigh. Two more episodes to go.
Posted by Steven at 8:26 AM