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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William Hartnell was to have been written out of Doctor Who in this episode. The Doctor would reappear from his invisibility with a new face. The BBC's head of serials, Gerald Savory, vetoed the idea. See more »

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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

Review of all 4 parts:

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 more and more in parts 2 and 3 with 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 still fails to pick up the level to that of the first part or rescue the story.

Overall this is disappointing stuff after the good first part and could maybe have been better as a 3 parter with some of the nonsense cut out.


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