Four episodes of the classic sci-fi series starring the first Doctor, William Hartnell. Episodes comprise: 'The Watcher', 'The Meddling Monk', 'A Battle of Wits' and 'Checkmate'.
One of the most popular adventures from the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who
, The Time Meddler
pits the Time Lord against Carry On
star Peter Butterworth in an entertaining, well-written adventure.
Set in England back in 1066, on the eve of the Battle of Hastings, The Time Meddler sees the Doctor drawn to a monastery where a single monk resides. So how come the singing of the monks can be heard from far away? And whats the reasoning behind the modern utensils he discovers? All paths lead to the aforementioned Butterworth, whose characters backstory adds a nice twist to the story.
The Time Meddler throws in the backstory of Jamie discovering the world of time travel for the first time, but its the sparring between Hartnell and Butterworth that provides the sparks. And while its not a perfect adventure, The Time Meddler is very entertaining, and a nice slice of classic Doctor Who.
Poignantly, the late Verity Lambert joins an intelligent, interesting commentary track in the highlight of the discs extras. The Time Meddler was the last Doctor Who story she produced, and her contribution to the supplementary features package is both interesting and a fitting tribute to her work. It also helps make a very strong release for fans of classic Doctor Who. --Simon Brew