Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 29

The Final Phase (15 May 1965)

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While Ian tries to force Lobos to release the Doctor from the museum, Vicki joins the Xerons in trying to gain the weapons needed to start a revolution against the occupiers.

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William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...
Maureen O'Brien ...
Richard Shaw ...
Jeremy Bulloch ...
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Ivor Salter ...
Morok Commander
Peter Craze ...
Peter Sanders ...
Peter Hawkins ...
Dalek (voice)
Murray Grumbar ...
Dalek Machine Operator (as Murphy Grumbar)
Salvin Stewart ...
Morok Guard
Peter Diamond ...
Morok Guard
Billy Cornelius ...
Morok Guard
Lawrence Dean ...
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While Ian tries to force Lobos to release the Doctor from the museum, Vicki joins the Xerons in trying to gain the weapons needed to start a revolution against the occupiers.

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A smoke machine used to create smoke early in the episode can be heard during the preceding scene, which is set some distance away. See more »

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S2: The Space Museum: Starts really interestingly before becoming a standard goodies/baddies plot
22 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This four part serial starts really well. The group find themselves weirdly changed out of the clothes they were wearing and into their normal ones but with no memory of doing it; a glass of water that is dropped and breaks instantly repairs itself as if it never happened and generally things are a little weird. When they leave the Tardis they find themselves in a strange exhibition of machines and creatures - like a museum almost. The people in the museum cannot seem to see the four travellers and, just when they think it cannot get weirder, they stumble upon the most alarming of all the exhibitions.

The first episode is a great start and it really grabbed since there seemed to be so many ideas and potential here - a museum in space, an ominous fate, time loops etc - but by the time the second episode draws to a close it is clear that none of this is really where the serial is going to exist. Indeed before the writers fail to notice the paradox of destroying a woollen cardi in the present that Barbara was seen wearing in the future, these things have already mostly been jettisoned. This is a real shame because I generally like the idea of not being able to change timelines etc and enjoy this type of content, so when it becomes young rebels versus mean old authority figures, I was quite bored. By the end this is all that remains and you know where it is going already and thus it does. It doesn't help that it isn't even a particularly good example of this storyline and it feels quite a waste considering how much else had originally been put on the table.

The main cast are good as usual and they work well enough with this familiar arrangement. The story cast are not so good though - the Moroks are generally dull while the rebels are quite annoying little oiks who think that sincerity in their delivery can make up for the lack of much else, but it can't. The sets are standard although would have been good enough if the ideas had been followed through - but they weren't and by the end the museum seems a very dull place indeed.

It is hard to watch this off the back of the 50% lost serial The Crusade, which seemed nicely complex and filled with good action and plotting - it got trashed but somehow this survived; although I guess in fairness if half of this serial had been destroyed it would have looked better with only the first and third episode remaining. Overall a great start brimming with involving ideas but then it proceeds to do nothing with it and heads into a very simple and dull formula.


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