Now that’s the way to do a sequel. Hot on the heels of the popular Abominable Snowmen, Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln were invited back to pen another Yeti tale - only this time, they were given the challenge of making the Yeti a little less cuddly. And wow, did they succeed.
Everybody Lives. Bet you’re used to that with 21st century Doctor Who, eh? Recent tales ensure that its supporting characters still manage to live in some shape or form – although an existence in a computer hard drive isn’t what I’d call a happy ending.
The Mind Robber is a story that not only embraces the concept of unreality but feeds it tea and scones. What happens in The Mind Robber is that The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are plunged into a world where fantasy and fiction rule. The only reality is that there is no reality. Characters like The Minotaur, Gulliver, Medusa and Rapunzel hold court in The Land Of Fiction. It’s up to The Doctor to defeat The Master of The Land Of Fiction and allow himself, Jamie and Zoe to return to normality. A post-modern take on what Doctor Who is all about? Or simply an escapist fantasy to be enjoyed by all the family? You choose. If you prefer the first...
With only two more wacky adventures left for the Second Doctor, you would have thought that his penultimate story would be a humdinger. Well, think twice, since in the end, all we get is the Wild West in Space. Welcome The Space Pirates, a tale that just pips The Dominators to the post to scoop the Dullest Story Of Season 6 prize. Maybe I’m biased, since I find western-type stories to be a bore. Here, we’ve got two main opposing factions: General Hermack and his nondescript set of English actors pretending to be American. And the eponymous pirates, as led by Caven.
Following on from the announcement of less than stellar DVD choices for 2010 - guess what? More clunkers were announced, including two Cybermen duds and The Dominators, the story that kicked off Season Six in mediocre style. The key problem with The Dominators is that it doesn’t really sum up the ethos of the Troughton years at all.