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The internal logic if this story doesn't pan out...like, at all. First, the Doc remembers the Didonians as clawed aliens but...then that is just Bennett's disguise is it not? Then there are other, more human Didonians. I haven't seen part two in a long time so maybe they evolved? We shall see. If they were peaceful, why all the traps? Maybe those were ancient ones from when the Didoians were long ago savages? Maybe? Or maybe another race built them? Then there's the whole pan of Bennett. Why not just kill Vicki and hide her body? Was he really injured? It seems as if they wanted to play it like PYSCHO but without all the, you know, style and substance and good music. And failed utterly. At one point, Kokowhateverhisnameis and how's it spelled...leaves the ship but does not go through the front...which should have given if not Barbara a clue about how Bennett/Koko leaves through a secret exit but Vicki as well. BTW shouldn't everyone that is traveling on a spaceship know of a way out of the ship? In any event,
...it sounds as if I didn't like this. I DO and most of it is because of Maureen O'Brien's fresh take on the show AND William Hartnell and his interaction with Will Russell. Simply put Hartnell has that ability to rise above the material and make the DOctor his own. Here we have several fun bits from the Doctor most of them relating to his companions and Jackie Hill is very good here too. The bits on the sleeping during materialization, the Doctor hearing everything from inside the ship while Ian tells Barbara he thinks the Doc is going a bit round the bend...are all very very funny. And the cave in, the push off the cliff for Barbara and the spikes swords coming at Ian are all very tension inducing...of course, as ABOUT TIME 1 states, what kind of trap is this? A veggie eating monster at the bttom of the six foot pit ("That's quite chasm" the Doc states and Ian agreed!) or maybe it's on a ledge itself?
There IS a fresh feel to this story and the TARDIS appears with the usual sound and flashing light. Only Barbara meets Vicki here and it is a good start for Vicki. Only don't think about the story too much. The "monster" looks good, Kokkillion I mean and the sand beast, not as much but taken as one ep at a time, which is how ALL DW should be taken Methinks, it is not bad and certainly more entertaining than THE END OF TIME part one. The DVD text tells us more about the original scripts and Maureen tells us that her job was to get Hartnell to laugh out of his minor tantrums, which he had maybe two or three times a day and over nothing serious. Her good nature shows on screen in this ep and more in the next.