Doctoring The Tardis

Caleb's Journal of the Grand Watching of Doctor Who

The Reign of Terror

The Reign of TerrorOriginal Air Date: August 8 – September 12, 1964

Number of Episodes: 6

Rating: 4 of 4 Stars

Plot Summary:

The TARDIS materialises not far from Paris on 23 July 1794- one of the bloodiest years following the French Revolution of 1789. The travellers become involved with an escape chain rescuing prisoners from the guillotine and get caught up in the machinations of an English undercover spy, James Stirling.

Doctor Caleb’s Review:

I liked the episode because I thought the way BBC did their research was amazing. I also liked the episode because I like French history. My favorite character was Jules because he wanted everyone safe so that they didn’t get hurt. My favorite part was when James Stirling’s secret identity is revealed to the audience.

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Eggstirmen8’s Review:

I wish the modern Who did more of these types of episodes.  It is easy to forget that Doctor Who was originally intended as an edu-tainment show.  One of the objectives of the programs was to educate about moments in history.  Hence, we have Reign of TerrorThe Aztecs, The Romans, etc.  Of course, we still have episodes like The Shakespeare Code which largely serve this purpose as well.

The episode itself was somewhat engaging and action packed with quite a bit of intrigue (given the topic matter).  The big twist that is setup during the first episode is revealed during episode 5 of this story.

By this point, Barbara and Ian have really filled into and built out their characters.  Susan, played by Carol Ann Ford, has a reduced roll in this episode.  As the series as gone on, I find myself getting more and more annoyed with Susan.  It’s all good – she only has two stories left.

The Doctor has also evolved into a more clever character than the devious alien that we saw during the first few episodes.  This is true not simply regarding his interactions with his companions, but also with the denizens of the different lands he is traveling to.  The level of pomposity expressed by this Doctor is not something that will be rivaled until Colin Baker’s doctor.

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