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Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

William Hartnell , Patrick Troughton , Marcus Hearn    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slowly plotted, but very worthy. July 17 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The plot is straightforward: A historical setting (1066, prelude to the Battle of Hastings.) Vikings, Saxons, and bits of technological incongruities/anachronisms and a big mystery surrounding a devious monk.
In premise, this is an exceptional story, especially for 1965. Not only is it the first 'pseudo-historical', it finally pushes "Doctor Who" into doing more than using the TARDIS just to get everybody to a funky planet where they get scared out of their wits by some plastic (or invisible!) monster, and acknowledges that there are others like the Doctor, but who aren't as moral as he is.
The Monk is a delightful character (though I disagree he is an early incarnation of the Master. The Monk clearly has a history of playing with history on a small scale for his own personal gain, the Master has a penchant for seizing power and control whereever and whenever he can.) and well played by Peter Butterworth. Admittedly, it's great fun to watch him manipulate everybody he deals with.
The only problem is that it's slowly paced. The big revelation doesn't come until the end of episode 3. Which is fine, except we're only given small hints at meddling throughout the prior ~65 minutes and everything else happens at a leisurely pace. For first time viewers in 1965, this story is superlative and makes a top-10 story. For repeated viewings or in our supposedly enlightened 21st century, the pace is somewhat slowed. It's still worthy of the top 10 designation, the ideas presented more than make up for the slowness of the plot.
Edith the monk also gets assaulted and almost raped by a Viking. For a 1965 childrens' show, this is strong stuff. (as was the attempted rape of Barbara in 1964's "The Keys of Marinus".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Meddler July 17 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Classic story line, introduces teh first other time lord since the Doctor and his grand daughter. A bit long in the tooth as all of the original series were before any action takes palce, but well worth the wait. Some nice added bonuses on the dvd as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "What type are you?" "Mind your own business!" March 3 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Landing in 1066 England with a new companion travelling with the Doctor and Vicki, Steven Taylor, discover a Monk who is hell bent on altering time a few days before the Battle of Hastings. The Time Meddler may be the slowest 4 parter ever in Who's history, but it is also very enjoyable. Peter Butterworth is a perfect fit as the Monk, another renegade Time Lord with his Mark IV TARDIS. Steven skeptical of the TARDIS being a time machine and the disbelief that they're actually in 1066 is a nice touch with his character so early in his development. And Vicki comes off ok. She has the usual goofy deliveries, but this serial is one of her best of the season. The villagers are pretty good. But the Vikings and the fight choreagraphy and the pace of the story are reasons why some might want to steer clear. But the first pseudo-historical in Doctor Who's history is really enjoyable. It's quite a surprise when Vicki and Steven enter the Monk's TARDIS for the first time, and realise that the Doctor's TARIDS isn't the only one. Not to be overlooked.
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