“The Tomb of the Cybermen”

Second Doctor, Season Five, Serial One

reviewed by Tom-Tom

The carryover companions from the First Doctor’s time left the company of the Doctor in The Faceless Ones, and a new one joined at the end of Season Four in The Evil of the Daleks, namely Victoria. A proper lady of high class Victorian Society, she is not used to technology or time travel. At the very beginning of the present serial, the Doctor and Jamie intro the various features of the TARDIS to their newest member. Happy at the chance to not be the only “man out of time” on board which led to his previous uneasiness with modern couple Ben and Polly, Jamie acts as slightly protective, overly critical big brother.

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“The Moonbase”

“The Moonbase”

Second Doctor, Season Four, Serial Six

reviewed by Tom-Tom

One of the great tragedies of television history is the 1970’s BBC junking of 97 episodes of Doctor Who not to mention other fine shows. The First and Second Doctors’ serials were hit the hardest. Having read the corresponding novels for the missing Second Doctor serials, I can attest that the loss is momentous. Mercifully, the full soundtrack for all the missing episodes was retained. Many labors of love have resulted in animated episodes using the original soundtrack. At the very least, there are some episodes in which a sort of vague slide show of on set screen shots float through the soundtrack.

The Moonbase is the first serial, chronologically speaking, within the order of the Second Doctor’s broadcast serials to be restored. The 1st and 3rd episodes, previously missing, have been animated to great effect. The animation is almost black and white and is minimalist, focusing on facial expressions more than bodily movement. It’s a joy to behold. The Second Doctor’s first two serials, The Power of the Daleks, and The Highlanders, both so important as the first introduced the landmark regeneration of the Doctor from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton, my personal favorite and his odd behavior and the disbelief and mistrust of his companions, and the second introduced the companion with whom the Second Doctor would share the rest of his entire adventures, including the crossover with the Sixth Doctor The Two Doctors. Continue reading