Doctor Who: Season 22, Episode 7

The Two Doctors: Part One (16 Feb. 1985)

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The Time Lords have dispatched the Doctor (in his 2nd incarnation) along with Jamie to a space research station to see Dastari, the Director of Projects, about dissuading two of his scientists from further experimentations on time travel that are rattling the fabric of time. The Doctor is further alarmed over Dastari's latest genetic experiments, boosting the intelligence of a bestial and carnivorous humanoid race called the Androgum. This secondary concern soon proves the greater problem: the Androgum have sided with the Sontarans to take over the station. The station soon falls and the Doctor is captured and tortured. As his life becomes threatened, elsewhere the Doctor (in his 6th incarnation) passes out while on holiday with Peri - his very existence jeopardized. Written by statmanjeff

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The story originally took place in New Orleans. The setting was changed to Spain when the expected funding for location filming in the United States fell through. See more »

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When Sra. Arana asks "Who's there?" in Spanish for the second time, she says "¿Quién está?", which is a phrase hardly used in common Spanish. The most correct phrase would have been "¿Quién es?" or "¿Quién está ahí?". See more »

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Shockeye: [eating fruit. Spits it out] Insipid muck!
Varl: Our leader is in decent orbit.
Shockeye: Our leader is Chessene o' the Franzine Grig.
Varl: Marshal Stike commands the Ninth Sontaran Battle Group!
Shockeye: He doesn't command anything here. Chessene planned this operation.
Varl: You will see! We Sontarans lead. We never follow.
Shockeye: Tell him to come in on full mufflers. And that's an order from Chessene!
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Not Troughton's swansong
22 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is in no way Robert Holmes' best work. He gets some of his great dialogue on but the plot is dreadful. Firstly this isn't a proper multi- Doctor story, by which I mean something which celebrates the show and past Doctors. It is a story which happens to have the Second Doctor in it. The Second Doctor gets a good start and Patrick Troughton is rather good as an Androgum but it is not the swansong he deserved.

This is not really a Sontaran story either as they barely appear and have little influence on the plot. The two Sontarans that appear here look pretty awful too. They should really have been the main villain as Chessene is frankly rather dull.

However, there are plenty of good things too. Shockeye is a terrible character for most of it but the idea of him eating humans is quite disturbing. Jamie fits in remarkably well with the Sixth Doctor and Peri (I would happily have had him join them full-time, maybe post mind- wipe). The Spanish setting also works rather well, even if it has no relevance to the plot.

I enjoyed The Two Doctors but there is little doubt that there are a lot of problems with it. Nice to have an old Doctor back but the show needed to leave them be and do something new, rather than keep thinking about former glories


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