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The Two Doctors
Doctor Who, episode 141 (22.4)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:42:55
A Sontaran plot for mastery of Time leads two Doctors into a savage experiment.
The second Doctor and Jamie are sent by the Time Lords to space station Camera in order to put a stop to unauthorised time travel experiments being carried out there under the auspices of the head of projects, Dastari.
Dastari has been biologically augmenting Androgums, a race of voracious gourmands, including the chatelaine Chessene who has secretly allied herself with Group Marshal Stike of the Ninth Sontaran Battle Group. The Sontarans raid the station, killing almost all aboard. They capture the second Doctor and take him to Earth, imprisoning him in a hacienda near the Spanish city of Seville. There Dastari, also in league with the Sontarans, plans to dissect him in order to find the Rassilon Imprimature - the symbiotic nuclei within a Time Lord's genes that are the key to time travel.
The sixth Doctor and Peri rescue Jamie from the station and then follow the trail to Spain. The second Doctor is imprinted by Dastari with genes taken from Shockeye, the space station's Androgum chef, but the sixth Doctor rescues him and kills Shockeye.
Chessene destroys the Sontarans and, reverting to base instincts, kills Dastari. She herself then dies through molecular disintegration when she attempts to time travel without the Imprimature.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:52:57
The Two Doctors is a story that promises an awful lot but ultimately fails to deliver on just about every major count. The biggest problem, as in Resurrection of the Daleks and Attack of the Cybermen before it, is an over-reliance on the series' established mythology. The 'shopping list' of elements that the production team prevailed upon writer Robert Holmes to incorporate on this occasion included not only the second Doctor (as Patrick Troughton had enjoyed himself so much making The Five...
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