Caleb's Journal of the Grand Watching of Doctor Who
Original Air Date: February 8 – 15, 1964
Number of Episodes: 2
Rating: 1 1/2 of 4 Stars
As they slowly recover from the shock of being thrown to the TARDIS floor, the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara all seem to be acting strangely. Unexplained events occur and suspicions are raised that an alien force may have entered the ship. The Doctor even accuses Ian and Barbara of sabotage.
Doctor Caleb’s Review:
I liked the story because I like TARDIS episodes. I also liked the story because one of the most gentle characters ( Susan ) threatens everyone for breaking the TARDIS including the Doctor. I disliked it because I like when there is action and there was only a little bit of action. My favorite part was when Susan pretended to go to sleep but actually listened in on Ian and Barbara.
While this episode is the first TARDIS episode, there was a great deal of room for improvement in subsequent episodes inside the police box. The story is short at only two episodes long. The main characters are distrustful of one another and frequently confused or passed out. I have been trying to find positive things to write about this story. It is the weakest story in season one after all. It is also a Susan screamfest with everyone falling to the floor repeatedly. It does make me wonder: has the gravitational constant of the universe changed and therefore we now fall less often. Hmmm? We will never know!
Where to Watch:
I am really enjoying your blog. Since I never watched the earlier episodes, I am finding the reviews to be very helpful. Great job!