Friday, July 10, 2009

PP1 - The Enemy of the World 1

After The War Machines gave viewers and early look of just what was to come in Doctor Who once the 1970s arrived, we get to see a little more of the Pertwee era in The Enemy of the World. After some frolicking on the beach, The Doctor and friends are menaced by a pursuing hovercraft, then are rescued by Astrid in a helicopter. Fantastic action! Later, the helicopter explodes in a flurry of pyrotechnics and stock footage. Zam! Pow! What an action-packed adventure we have in store!

And then, after the budget is blown, everything settles down into the standard studio-bound stuff that we've become used to over the years, except for the fact that you can almost see the beads of sweat on Patrick Troughton's forehead (or would see, if the episode actually existed) from all the frantic costume changes he has to undergo for this story.

There's some political intrigue going on, though, that holds the attention, and it's nice to see that The Doctor doesn't trust Kent to begin with, but, when his hand is forced, he is thrust into the spotlight to play the doppelganger of Salamander. Cue end credit music.


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