Fitting send off for Jon Pertwee's Doctor
Christopher Evans from South Wales, UK
18 November 2014
Review of all 6 episodes:
This may not be the very best of the Pertwee era but it is an excellent
story and a fitting finale for the Third incarnation of The Doctor. It
is exciting, beautifully scripted and acted with poignant final scenes
for Pertwee saying a sad farewell before regenerating into Tom Baker's
The story involves Mike Yates, convalescing in a Buddhist retreat and
finding some of the others there are seemingly attempting to gain
dangerous mental powers. He calls Sarah Jane in to help investigate.
Meanwhile The Doctor and the Brigadier are investigating a psychic
whose powers are beyond his own understanding and this power combines
badly with the crystal from Metebelis 3 The Doctor shows him after it
is returned to him by former companion Jo Grant. This psychic event
causes a link to be made by huge, psychically powerful spiders on
Metebelis 3 with the men in the Buddhist retreat. A spider joins with
the leader of the group Lupton and causes him to steal the crystal.
The first episode is a very well scripted and interesting set up. The
second episode is very entertaining but is a bit of a filler,
containing a huge, slightly pointless but action packed chase sequence
on numerous forms of transport. This second episode is great fun but
does not really move the story forward at all. It could have been used
more effectively to make sense of the coincidence that the different
strands of the story happen to link up with Mike happening to be at the
very place that people become psychically linked to Metebelis 3. The
third and fourth episodes continue with the excellence in script and
acting from the regular cast but are held back from greatness by the
humans on Metebelis 3 who are a bit disappointing compared to the whole
rest of the production which is superb. The spiders are not ground
breaking but are scary and very well voiced, making them great
monsters. Episodes 5 and 6 are superb and bring a tremendous climax to
the story as well as a wonderful, moving end for Pertwee's Doctor.
The character Kan-Po Rimpoche, The Doctor's former mentor is
brilliantly portrayed and a fascinating addition to the series lore.
There is a great human character with special needs which is quite
sensitively portrayed and who has very interesting character
development. Lupton is well portrayed and Benton, the Brig, Sarah Jane
and Mike are all on top form.
Best of all, Pertwee is terrific in his final story and especially his
final episode. The character portrayal with him realising he has let
his quest for knowledge cause death and danger is fabulous and well
beyond the efforts to show 'the dark side' of the Doctor by Stephen
Moffatt in 2010-14.
A great send off for the Third Doctor and an excellent addition to the
series as a whole.
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