Summary: The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe, find themselves in the Land of Fiction, a realm in which fictional characters can come to life. Its ruler, the Master threatens to add them to his collection of fictional characters, stripping them of their sanity and their will.
With William Hartnell stepping down, Innes Lloyd brought in Patrick Troughton. Like his predecessor, Troughton continued to lay down the foundation of the show, and became the Doctor many successors attempt to emulate in some way.
“There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things that act against everything we believe in. They must be fought.”–The Moonbase
About Patrick Troughton
Troughton was born in 1920, in Middlesex. He attended the Embassy School of Acting and later joined the Tonbridge Repertory Company. One of Troughton’s most famous roles prior to the Second Doctor was in Robin Hood (he was the first the play the title character on television).
Troughton left the show in 1969, citing both a hectic schedule and concerns about being typecast in science fiction. He would return as the Second Doctor for three Multi-Doctor stories before his death in 1986.
Note: I deleted my original review of the tele-snaps of the missing episode so that I could review the actual episode. The episode will be available to purchase in January 2017, unless you pre-ordered it online.
Writers: David Whitaker and Dennis Spooner (uncredited)
Director: Christopher Barry
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Season: 4, episode 3
No. of Episodes: 6, restored with animation
Companions: Ben Jackson (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills)
Summary: The Doctor has regenerated for the first time. Ben and Polly are distraught and confused, and Ben tries to see if this really is still the person they’ve known. Ben tries to fit the First Doctor’s ring on his finger, but when it falls off, the Second Doctor says “I’d like to see a butterfly fit into a chrysalis case after it spreads its wings.” The new Doctor, once he is finally able to focus and compose himself, begins fiddling with the TARDIS console. It lands on the planet Vulcan (no, not the one from Star Trek. This was written before that was in Star Trek, but it didn’t air until after Star Trek had first aired. It’s one of those weird coincidences) Upon arrival, the Doctor discovers the body of the Examiner, who was sent by the government because of a new discovery. There is also a swamp composed of mercury outside. They enter the colony’s base and meet the governor and a scientist named Lesterson, who has discovered a capsule that was in the swamp. When they open the capsule, they find Daleks inside. The Doctor wants them destroyed, but Lesterson refuses. He’s genuinely interested in the Daleks. The Daleks claim they are servants, and are even disarmed.
While this is going on, there is a rebel faction who wants to take over the colony. The Daleks play along, but are secretly planning to revive themselves and kill everyone in the colony, even willing to turn both factions against each other if necessary.