Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 40

The War Games: Episode Six (24 May 1969)

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The scientist examines the captured resistance fighters and realises Jamie is a new arrival on the planet while the Doctor, Zoe and Carstairs try to rescue their friends.

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The scientist examines the captured resistance fighters and realises Jamie is a new arrival on the planet while the Doctor, Zoe and Carstairs try to rescue their friends.

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Really needs some new ideas & momentum.

Doctor Who: The War Games: Episode Six starts as Jamie (Frazer Hines) & several members of the resistance are captured by the Security Chief (James Bree) & his guards. The Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Zoe (Wendy Padbury) & Lieutenant Carstairs (David Savile) watch on helplessly. The Doctor has to think fast & after rescuing Jamie devises a daring plan to use the aliens TARDIS like space time machines to get back to the war zones but the Security Chief & the dreaded War Chief (Edward Brayshaw) are right behind them trying to prevent their escape...

Episode 40 from season 6 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during May 1969, during my previous comment for Episode Five of The War Games I said that I thought the script by Terance Dicks & Malcolm Hulke was going round in circles & needed some sort of fresh injection of new ideas or something to just reignite the story but my wishes have not been fulfilled here in Episode Six at all. Like every other episode of The War Games this episode features people getting captured, in this case Jamie & some members of the resistance, & then them escaping & spending the majority of the rest of the episode trying not to get recaptured again. I must admit all this constant running around getting caught, then escaping & then trying not to get caught again for the next ten minutes until they inevitably do is starting to get really annoying & very repetitive to say the least. Virtually the whole of Episode Six is spent with character's running around the aliens control centre & the constant bickering between the Security Chief & the War Chief which is also becoming monotonous. The very first mention of the Doctors race the Timelords is heard here although not by the Doctor himself. There's a fairly blatant script error here as during the escape attempt towards the end of this episode the Doctor tells Zoe & some resistance members that he will transport them back to the 1917 First World War zone but they actually arrive at the American Civil War zone.

Episode Six sees the introduction of Private Moor as one of the resistance rebels played by David Troughton who, as the name suggests, is Patrick Troughton's son. All the impressive war scenes from the earlier episodes have been replaced with more traditional Doctor Who sci-fi elements & lots of running around corridors. The Doctor, Jamie & Zoe disguise themselves as First World War soldiers in this episode in uniforms that look about three sizes too big.

The War Games: Episode Six isn't terrible but the story as a whole is really starting to go round in circles & I think it desperately needs to go in a new direction very soon.


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