Overview: The Patrick Troughton Era (1966-1969)

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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.

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Second: The Ice Warriors

ice warriorsWriter: Brian Hayles

Director: Derek Martinus

Producer: Innes Lloyd

Companions: Victoria Wakefield (Deborah Watling), Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)

Season: 5, ep. 3 (11-16)

No. of Episodes: 6 (parts 2-3 are animated)

Summary: The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria arrive on a base in the Arctic run by a giant computer.  One of the scientists has discovered two frozen warriors from the planet Mars.

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Short Trips: A Stain of Red in The Sand (2nd Doctor)

short trips 1Writer: David A. McEwan

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Companion: Zoe Heriot

Narrator: David Troughton

Summary: This story is told from the point of view of Indigo, a woman whose apartment is actually a doorway into a world populated by insectoid-like creatures called the Caretakers. The Doctor and Zoe are fighting them and trying to prevent them from crossing over into her world.

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Second Doctor: Power of the Daleks

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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.

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Destiny of the Doctor: Shadow of Death (2nd Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe)

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Writer: Simon Gurrier

Director: John Ainsworth

Companions: Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines, narrator), Zoe Heriot

Summary: The TARDIS makes an emergency landing on a world orbiting a pulsar that can warp time.  The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe discover scientists studying an ancient city. It appears to be abandoned, but in reality, beings called the Quiet Ones have detected their presence. But help comes from an unexpected source.

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