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A Battle of Wits 

The Doctor manages to escape from his cell and get the upper hand on the Monk but his plans are derailed when Sven and Ulf arrive at the monastery.


Douglas Camfield


Dennis Spooner




Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Peter Purves ... Steven Taylor
Peter Butterworth ... Monk
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Wulnoth
Peter Russell Peter Russell ... Eldred
Alethea Charlton Alethea Charlton ... Edith
Norman Hartley Norman Hartley ... Ulf
Dave Anderson Dave Anderson ... Sven (as David Anderson)


The Doctor manages to escape from his cell and get the upper hand on the Monk but his plans are derailed when Sven and Ulf arrive at the monastery.

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Part 3 A battle of wits - The Doctor adds to the Monk's frustrations
27 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Stephen and Vicki have broken into the Monastery to rescue The Doctor, but he's gone, and escaped back to the village. The Monk is frustrated that the Doctor has escaped, and that he has to tend for a wounded villager. We see the monk has a purpose interlinked with the Viking invasion, and that his final goal to meet King Harold. Stephen and Vicki keep finding things that don't belong to the time, first a watch and here a sort of gun. The Doctor goes back to the Monastery to challenge the Monk, whilst in disguise as a monk, he's imprisoned by the Vikings, who are themselves hiding there. Stephen and Vicki wander around in the Church, and discover the monk's secret......

It's very evident the combination of Dennis Spooner's writing, Douglas Camfield's directing and Verity Lambert's role as producer on the show (nearly the end of her time) worked tremendously well, it's been a brilliant serial.

The music is almost playful, it adds to the humour. Tremendous scenes played out again between Hartnell and Butterworth.

Stephen has fitted straight in to his new role as companion, he's quite a dashing figure.

The Monk is developing very nicely as a character, it's evident he's a bad guy, and that he's up to something, but it's being very slowly fed through.

Stephen and Vicki's discovery at the end is a brilliant one, what a fabulous cliffhanger.

I'll admit I find a few of the earlier episodes a little tedious, not so with the Time Meddler, it's fast paced, witty and slick. Part 3 is very good again. 8/10

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17 July 1965 (UK) See more »

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