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Originally broadcast in 1964, The Keys of Marinus is a six-episode arc that features the doctor's original traveling companions, science teacher Ian Chesterton, history teacher Barbara Wright, and the doctor's granddaughter, Susan, who is given to screaming at the first sign of peril. Hartnell's doctor is a sprightly curmudgeon who relishes adventure and mystery, which he finds after the group lands on Marinus, an island of glass surrounded by a sea of acid. Doctor and company are compelled to retrieve four microcircuits that are the keys to the Conscience of Marinus, a computer that has eliminated evil from the minds of men (except apparently the evil Yartek and his web-suited Voords, who want to seize the machine). Their quest takes them most memorably to "a planet of the most contented people" (beware the brainwashing powers of the "mesmerent"), another world overrun by plants, and finally a city where Chesterton, framed for murder, is considered guilty until proven innocent--by the doctor, of course. As is characteristic of this series, the special effects are a hokey hoot and the actors sometimes step on each others' lines. Hartnell vacationed during production and is absent for two episodes. But this is a surprisingly prophetic cautionary tale: it may be good to heed the doctor's prescient observation that "man was not made to be controlled by machines." If you have yet to make an appointment with the doctor, perhaps the episodes featuring Tom Baker--the fourth and most popular of the doctors--are a more accessible introduction. --Donald Liebenson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of my favourite episodes from the first doctor of the old series. For fans of the series only though! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon567432
Another piece of the puzzle for collectors. Interesting to see the origin of characters that feature in later episodes.Published 5 months ago by allan
The concept of this story is pretty huge (even for Doctor Who). The quest concept is exciting and fun, but the 5-in-1 storyline suffers from very little development of the 5 in... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2002
When I was a senior in high school, my parents tried to ban me from watching Dr. Who, which at the time one of my local PBS stations was showing the B&W episodes at 11:00 PM... Read morePublished on July 7 2001 by Alan D. Patten III