In colour. In 5.1. New Doctor. New start for the show. New companion to follow. What happened to Doctor No 2 and will it be explained!
From the start this has a very different feel to it, partially due to all those factors above, but it has a very 70’s vibe to it with the music even though it was 1970.
Exiled to Earth in the 70’s (or is it the 80’s?) and no use of his TARDIS, the story starts around the meteorites. There’s some nice parallels between this and 10’s first appearance. First we see of Pertwee, he falls out of the TARDIS.
We’re re-introduced to the Brig and to Dr Liz Shaw, perhaps explaining UNIT to new viewers and pointing the way to the new format for Doctor Who that will be used.
The Doctor was found at the site of the meteorites, thought dead and brought to the hospital even though they don’t know who he is. Wonder why they chose to give him a chest x-ray. This gives rise to another new part of the show, the fact the Doctor has Two hearts and they spot he has non human blood.
Press get onto the fact UNIT are there, love the Brigadier offering them a clichéd explanation “training exercise”. The Brig doesn’t recognise The Doctor not surprisingly.
The Doctor in bedclothes for first time in a regeneration, despite initial reluctance he likes his distinctive face. Feigns sleep before getting shoes where he keeps the key to the TARDIS.
Before long he’s being kidnapped and he escapes in a wheelchair, a very comedic little skit. And then time to fall to the ground again, he’s been shot apparently.
We see the Doctor and he’s being tested with a EEG new fangled machine, but he’s in a self educed coma
Nice shot of plastic baby faces in the factory, Autons here we come. We can tell the difference with the Autons, they’re slightly yellow/green look, shiny and don’t speak.
“I deal with facts, not science fiction”, a good speech with Liz and the Brig. Liz has a go with some casual sexism, the Brig replies with “Not just a pretty face” to the General.
Like the “Doctors Only” sign which we see him enter through the door and then showering with watch on, wonder where’s that from. After getting out of the shower, he spies a cape, frilly shirt and hat in the room. Here comes the Doctor’s new outfit (although tries on a flat cap first and doesn’t like it).
First car he steals is an old one, wonder if that’s why he likes Bessie?
We get an explanation for the watch, it hones on the TARDIS. When talking to the Brig, he says he’s forgotten about past life mostly. He says his new face would be good on Planet Delphon whose inhabitants communicate with their eyebrows. The Doctor expresses “How do you do,” with his eyebrows.
There are lots of questions being passed around, The Doctor pointing out what would be a better question, echoes of Capaldi?
The Auton’s weapon is shown, Nestene Consciousness, it takes the cover off its hand showing a small nozzle where it shoots an energy bolt from.
I think I used one in the past before, or was it the future? The scientific equipment the Doctor wants to be using . Metabolism detector in the TARDIS, so needs key.
Once Liz sneakily gets the TARDIS key back, it lets The Doctor in but it starts smoking badly when he tries to leave. The Time Lords have changed the dematerialization code.
Farm lady loads and fires shotgun, “I’ll blow a hole in you!” count me impressed. The Auton discovers John Ransome in the UNIT tent; Channing orders “Destroy! Total destruction!” and the Auton actually vaporises John. Back at UNIT, Doctor uses an electroencephalogramme and finds the Nestene sphere is emitting brain waves
Madame Tussaud’s, you can spot the real people as they pan around the room. Eyes seem to follow them around the room from the people and the facsimiles – Bet that word was still modern back then.
The Doctor is very hands on with machines, guess he can’t do much else.
At dawn the Autons are activated. They break out of a shopping centre and kill many people, some great death dives. Nestenes are colonising other planets for a thousand million years, Earth is next.
The Doctor shoots the Nestene Consciousness machine and the real General Scobie comes back to life. It has created a monstrous tentacled body for itself, a squid like thing that comes to life and grabs The Doctor. The Doctor gets to pull more gurning faces than even Troughton could have done.
The Doctor discusses terms, not money but facilities to repair the TARDIS, Miss Shaw’s help, his own clothes and a car with character. What’s his name… Doctor John Smith.
Cracking good start to the Third Doctor, with a very new feel to the show. Not seen much Pertwee before so I look forward to Season 7 onwards