Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 37

The Meddling Monk (10 Jul. 1965)

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The Doctor is being held prisoner by the Monk and Steven and Vicki's search for him brings them to the Saxon village.But a greater danger threatens when a Viking raiding party arrives.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Who (voice)
Maureen O'Brien ...
Peter Purves ...
Peter Butterworth ...
Peter Russell ...
Michael Miller ...
Alethea Charlton ...
Norman Hartley ...
Geoffrey Cheshire ...
Viking Leader
Dave Anderson ...
Sven (as David Anderson)
Ronald Rich ...


The Doctor is being held prisoner by the Monk and Steven and Vicki's search for him brings them to the Saxon village.But a greater danger threatens when a Viking raiding party arrives.

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The Time Meddler: Part 2 - Brilliant, entertaining adventure that fascinatingly introduces a villain from The Doctor's home planet.
19 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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The Time Meddler is a 4 part story beginning with The Watcher.

This story is excellent entertainment, well written, well acted and good fun but most importantly it introduces 'The Meddling Monk' as played by Peter Butterworth.

It all begins very mysteriously with 1066 England having items such as electric appliances being shown. The viewer is left wondering what is going on. At the same time the new companion Steven begins to be established. The character proves to be superb and Peter Purves begins as he means to go on with a fine performance matching Hartnell's delightful Doctor. Butterworth also excels as the amusing and interesting Monk. I suggest you watch and discover the mysteries yourself but I will say more about it for those who wish to read on:

The character of the Monk finally gives a little development to the mysterious background of the Doctor as he is of the same race and origin as the Doctor. This provides fascinating aspects to the story. It lets us know the Doctor is just one of a race capable of time travel. The Monk owns a TARDIS, using it to travel to Earth past and interfere in proceedings at the time of the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. He is not portrayed as thoroughly evil, more as mischievous and dangerously meddling in past events for his own gain.

The whole story is excellent in my view with script, story and acting of a very high standard.

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