An absolute classic as far as I’m concerned – possibly my favourite story so far. I’d seen it before, but I’d forgotten how good it was, and seeing it in context makes you appreciate that it’s another huge step forward in establishing themes and concepts that would dominate Who for years.
It was the first story to properly blur the lines between historical and sci-fi stories – it was the best of both. And it’s the first time we meet another Time Lord, although that phrase was still several years away from being used. Vicki and Steven discovering that the Monk has a TARDIS is a fantastic, jaw-dropping moment – as is the reveal of how The Doctor had punished him.
Steven seems a decent enough chap, and we see him warming to the idea of TARDIS travel as his cynicism slowly disappears. I worry at this stage that he’s just a bit too similar to Ian, but then it took quite a while for Vicki to establish herself properly – it’s only when they’re not in direct peril that we get to know people.
The faces of the newly re-established crew appearing over the closing credits is a beautiful way to end the second season, as is this story itself – so much hope for the future at this point.
Oh, and is there any fanon whereby The Meddling Monk regenerates into Roger Delgado at some point? And if not, why not?
SEASON AVERAGE RATING: 7.56
- Seasons/Series watched: 2 of 34
- Stories watched: 17 of 253
- Individual episodes watched: 81 of 813