Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 33

The Final Test (23 Apr. 1966)

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As the Doctor nears the end of his game against the Toymaker, Steven and Dodo take on Cyril in a lethal game of hopscotch to try and recover the TARDIS.

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As the Doctor nears the end of his game against the Toymaker, Steven and Dodo take on Cyril in a lethal game of hopscotch to try and recover the TARDIS.

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The Celestial Toymaker: Part 4 - Very good start and finish but a little too off the wall in between
19 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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The Celestial Toymaker is a 4 part story beginning with The Celestial Toyroom.

This story is the first instance of the series going off into pure fantasy with a whimsical, strange setting in which the TARDIS crew are tormented by a mysterious power with mind games and very odd goings on. Sound familiar? Well if you have seen The Mind Robber from the second Doctor's era or the episode Amy's Choice from the modern 11th Doctor's (Matt Smith) era then you will see that this is very much the story they are based upon.

This being a different kind of story to anything that went before is a big plus in the first part as it is unusual and therefore surprising and interesting. The character of the toymaker is also an interesting and well acted character with the smooth Michael Gough in usual good form. However the strangeness and bizarre 'toyroom figures' they meet start to grate at times in parts 2 and 3 with some poor scenes and acting from some silly guest characters. The mind games are not always thrilling either. The final part with things coming to a conclusion picks up the level to that of the first part thankfully rescuing the story.

Overall this is good stuff but could maybe have been better as a 3 parter with some of the nonsense cut out.


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