I can’t even remember the last time I watched a William Hartnell episode of Doctor Who. It was probably that summer in high school after my long-term boyfriend dumped me and I consoled myself by watching ~100 episodes of Doctor Who in one summer. Man that was a good summer. (It was also an awful summer, but I choose to focus on the good–which was, primarily, the Doctor.)
Anyhow, I decided to watch this particular episode ’cause I have it on good authority that the boys from Tardis Tavern will be reviewing this in their next episode. I just recently discovered their podcast, and I’m positively loving it! Thus far, I’ve heard them review episodes I saw long ago or ones I’ve never seen, so I thought it would be a novel idea to watch an episode so I’ll remember it freshly while I listen to Sean and Steve opine over pints.
The “over pints” part is particularly apt with this episode ’cause it’s one of the rare instances I ever remember the Doctor drinking alcohol. He shares a horn of mead with a lovely Saxon lass. I clearly remember Matt Smith spitting out wine in Impossible Astronaut, but that’s the only other imbibing I remember off the top of my head. There’s probably more. It’s been a while since I was watching classic episodes regularly. (Heck, that’s one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place–to get myself back into it!)
So. Parts one and two of The Time Meddler are actually quite good. I don’t remember liking Hartnell so much. In this episode, he’s more the kindly-old-grandfather than the crotchety-old-man that I remember from watching back in the day. Either my memory isn’t that great (probable) or he acts differently in different episodes (also probable).
Other items to note: Steven is kind of a babe. I certainly didn’t remember that. Pleasant surprise! (Vicki is also cute as a button, to be sure.) The acting in this is better than I remembered for this era too. The costumes of the Saxons, however, are a bit much. I understand they’d be dirty in 1066, but their faces are a bit over-smudged, to my mind.
Sadly, I don’t have time for the other two parts–I must be off to gaming. Role playing waits for no man! (Or girl-geek.) Actually, that’s not true. I think they’d wait for me. But best to be polite and not make them do so.
My parting advice to you, check out The Time Meddler–it’s a goodie! Then check out the Tardis Tavern podcast. You can thank me later.