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The Second Doctor Stuns In Newly Discovered Classic Who Episode "The Enemy Of The World"

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10/12/2013 12:03 am
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The Second Doctor Stuns In Newly Discovered Classic Who Episode
Media Courtesy of BBC Worldwide

Heather Maloney

Staff Writer

The world of Doctor Who fandom received an early 50th anniversary present on Thursday as it was announced that two lost stories were found.  One of these amazing stories is “The Enemy of the World”.  What is special about this Second Doctor story is the Patrick Troughton not only portrays The Doctor, he is also the villain Salamander.  Originally airing from December 23, 1967 to January 27, 1968, this six-part story had previously not been seen in 45 years.  That is of course until it was released on iTunes on Friday. The Doctor, Jaime and Victoria find themselves on Earth in 2018.  As The Doctor frolics on the beach, he comes under attack by an unknown group of men.  After being rescued, the trio shortly discovers that a man named Salamander is on track to rule the entire world and The Doctor happens to look exactly like him.  Jaime and Victoria help some rebels infiltrate Salamander’s inner circle while The Doctor finds himself in a position where his life depends on his impersonation of the rumored dictator.  When Salamander discovers the companion’s true agenda how will The Doctor save them from his evil grip? “The Enemy of the World” is exciting, intriguing and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  The amazing acting of Patrick Troughton at times even leaves the viewer unable to remember who is Salamander and who is The Doctor.  It seems a bit odd to worry about spoilers in regards to a 45 year old episode; however this story is unique in the world of Doctor Who.  Considered a “base under siege” episode like many others, this particular plot has many twists and turns that you will not expect. The remastered quality of the new release is amazing.  Found in a television relay station in Nigeria, many assumed the quality would be fair at best.  Even watching the episodes from a computer on a 60” television was breathtaking.  Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling are in top form.  Hines’ portrayal of Jamie McCrimmon is always a joy, however seeing the true admiration that he and Troughton had is heartwarming.


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