Welcome back for another adventure in Time, Space and the Internet. This adventure is a review of The Time Meddler.
The Doctor and Vicki are moping over the departure of Ian and Barbara when they hear movements coming from inside the TARDIS. Vicki suspects a Dalek but it is actually Steven, the man who was suspected dead when the Mechanoid city burnt down. They land on Earth in 1066 at the time of The Battle of Hastings. The Doctor goes to investigate and tells Steven and Vicki to stay put but they break rule 1 and wonder off. The Doctor is captured by a mysterious monk, who has a gramophone and lots more technology that would never have existed in 1066. The Doctor is being held prisoner so Vicki and Steven search for him. They eventually discover that the monk has a TARDIS and that he is a renegade Time Lord (although we don’t learn the name Time Lord) and that he is a Time Meddler. The Doctor stops him from destroying time by ruining his TARDIS and leaving him marooned in 1066.
This story is the first pseudo-historical story. A story that is set in the past but has sci-fi elements, like time travel. We also meet the first other Time Lord, who will return in The Dalek Masterplan. Although this story has a slow middle two episodes, The opening and closing episodes are pretty good and Episode 3′s cliffhanger was very good and a real shock to anyone watching the series for the first time in order. (which isn’t me, I have seen most stories before).
We have reached the end of Season 2 so that means it is time for the awards in-
THE SEASON RETRO-SPECTIVE
The SOWBER Award (Starts off well but ends rubbish)- The Space Museum- I really enjoyed the first episode but then there are piles of boring cr*p
Most Underrated Story- The Chase- A friend of mine really goes on about how this story is rubbish, but I love it.
Most Overrated Story- The Romans- Yes, parts are funny but it is a bit to slow
The Timelash for Power award- (which story from series 2 would I swap for a missing one)- The Space Museum- I like the first episode but I wouldn’t miss 2-4
The “♪Bring it Back now we wont take less♪” award- I can’t really award this because their is only one missing story in this season and that is The Crusade
The Talons of Excellence Award- Best story: The Dalek Invasion of Earth OR The Chase- Both really good for their own reasons. The Chase is just a fun Romp, whereas The Dalek Invasion of Earth has a really interesting story
Best Regular Character- I can’t Say Steven seeing as he as only been in one full story, so I shall Say the Doctor because his character really developed and he was a lot more likable
Worst Regular Character- Susan- Although I was moved by her exit I still found her to whiny
Best Guest Character- The Meddling Monk- A new kind of character for the series and a brilliant portrayal
Worst Guest Character- All the guest characters from The Space Museum- They were all so boring and wooden
Best Cliffhanger- (AKA “I’m not going to let you stop me know” Award)- The Space Museum Episode 1 OR The Time Meddler Episode 3 because they were both suspenseful.
The Dilemma of utter Cr*p Award- Worst Story- The Space Museum or The Web Planet- Both started off well and then got boring
Worst Cliffhanger- (AKA “The Umbrella of sliding Terror…sort of)- The Chase episode 1- Why did we need to see a Dalek rising from sand, choking and coughing when we already established they were going to land on the planet anyway
Season 2 carried on the Legacy of the show which would continue as well as introducing new ideas, elements, companions and characters and it was 90% brilliant