The Time Meddler: Doctor Who: Season 2
The Time Meddler SYNOPSIS:
The Doctor is recovering from the fact that Ian and Barbara have left him and returned to their own time aboard the daleks stolen time machine. He and Vicki discover that Stephen Taylor has stowed away on board the TARDIS and nurse him back to health but can not convince him the ship travels in time and space.
venturing outside the Doctor attempts to convince his new companion otherwise, their arrival is witnessed by an unseen Monk and by a villager who warns Villager elder Wulnoth about the strangers. The Doctor goes to the village and establishes they are in 1066 before the invasion of William the conqueror. He goes to the nearby monastery where he finds modern appliances like toasters and a gramophone and is trapped there by the Monk.
Stephen and Vicki are captured by Saxons while exploring the cliffs but are eventually allowed to go to the monastery. The Monk is planning to change history by destroying invading viking forces. Vikings have landed already and slain some Saxon villagers. Stephen and Vicki break into the monastery finding not the Doctor but instead find the monk possesses his own TARDIS, he is a time traveller, one of the Doctor's own people.
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The Time Meddler CAST & CREW
William Hartnell (First Doctor)
Maureen O'Brien (Vicki)
Peter Purves (Stephen Taylor)
Peter Butterworth — The Monk
Alethea Charlton — Edith
Peter Russell — Eldred
Michael Miller — Wulnoth
Michael Guest — Saxon Hunter
Geoffrey Cheshire — Viking Leader
Norman Hartley — Ulf
David Anderson — Sven
Ronald Rich — Gunnar the Giant
Production Staff for Serial S:
Writer - Dennis Spooner
Director - Douglas Camfield
Script editor - Donald Tosh
Producer - Verity Lambert
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The Time Meddler REVIEWS
Was interesting from the point of view that we get Steven as Ian's replacement introduced in the last episode of the Chase. A carbon copy of Ian and Vicki who now acts as a carbon copy of Susan and Bab's. It was an interesting idea of finally introducing another member of the Doctor's race and think it came alive in the few scenes with him and the meddling monk but still seemed very slow moving.
But actually didn't mind the Time Meddler as much as I thought I would. The first episode is very good. Hartnell's a bit upset and deflated about Barbara and Ian leaving him and Vicki tries to console him, then stowaway (the first of many) Stephen Taylor shows up and is accepted by the crew. Then they go and explore and the 'ol doc gets continually frustrated by his failed efforts to convince Stephen that the Tarids is a time machine and they're now on Earth in the middle ages.
Hartnell didn't fluff one line in this, which is pretty impressive from him and like how he manipulated the conversation with the main peasant woman to find out what year, place and date it was. The meddling monk was rather comically mysterious and he pottered around doing his business and spying on the time travellers. As the first ever pseudo historical story viewers back in 65 must've wondered why there objects like record players, watches and howitzers in middle ages story.
Even the peasants are fairly good actors, well two of the three speaking ones are and one's a total over actor. Then Hartnell takes part 2 off for a holiday and the vikings arrive…the reallllllly bad actors, no wonder I feel asleep 3 times during part 2. Even though Hartnell's back in part 3 it seems to drag a bit with people running around doing not much. The good bit is the revelation that the monk has a Tardis and is one of the Dr.'s own people is a highlight showing the first glimpse of some back story of the Doctor. Butterworth and Hartnell are very good in their scenes together and the other leads are good. The vikings are just terrible.
It's not a bad little romp will give it a 5.7/10
I have now watched The Time Meddler THREE AND A HALF BLOODY TIMES and it STILL doesn't sink in what the fuck it is about. Hey; there's my review!!! And here is my score; 1/10.