There is divided opinion on Jon Pertwee's first full season, some love some hate it. Me I love it, maybe because of DVDs and formerly VHS I now have the luxury of not having to wait seven weeks to view the whole thing. It was a time of trying something new and the in coming production team were saddled with the seven part format. But enough of me showing off that I have some grasp of the shows past.
The Doctor still unwilling to be comfortable stuck on earth and in one time, the fashions still held over from the 60's and trying not to let the 70's take a hold, or even the sometime not up to par colour restoration. This story has enough twists and turns to fill it's then unusual length. As this was a completely new direction for the shows main character, and one can't help thinking to maroon the Doctor like this today how many of us would think it was a good idea. What we got was some of the shows classic stories, and the Doctor played more seriously by any of his predecessors.
In this as with his other stories of this season the Doctor is at his then most alien, but unlike the other protagonists we the viewer know he is on the side of good. What makes this, the rest of this season and to a lesser state latter stories, is that the Doctor has to coerced into doing the right thing. However it is not the terror of that we are now not alone in the universe that is the real danger, but how one man tries to let it's own individual prejudices colour his actions with a total disregard for anyone else's well being. Blind rage that eventually becomes all consuming.
Classic Doctor Who? Sort of.
Good Doctor Who? Absolutely.