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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD] (DVD)
It goes without saying that I am a Doctor Who fan of 50 years standing. I was devastated when I found out what the BBC had done to old Doctor Who tapes especially as they trashed some of the best Dalek stories. However, there is more to Doctor Who than the Daleks. "The Enemy of the World" is one of the lost gems recently recovered and released. It is, in my opinion, one of Troughton's finest performances as he plays both the Doctor and the Villain equally convincingly.
Set in 2018 The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria find themselves being shot at, chased and then fawned upon. They eventually discover that the Doctor resembles the world philanthropist Salamander who many love and just as many loathe and distrust. It is up to the Doctor and companions to investigate this secretive man and reveal his true motives and objectives.
The cherry on the cake for me is Mary Peach as Astrid. In thigh boots and catsuit she out Avengers Cathy Gale as she kicks and shoots her way through the story. Troughton is excellent and so is Milton Johns as the evil Bennick. Another engaging character is Carmen Munro as Salamander's food taster. She lives for revenge on the man who she believes destroyed her family, some very strong acting from a woman I consider seriously under-rated. Jamie's part is general disappointing. If I hadn't known better I would have expected him to leave at the end of the series. Fortunately he stayed until Troughton himself left.
This is a highly recommended story and shows how cliff-hangers should work. It is sad that today's fans often seem not to have the stamina for a six-part story of any kind. "The Enemy of the World" shows that pace, action, and a good script can be superior to a lot of the current stories where the Doctor is a precocious child with a penchant for young women in short skirts and long corridors to take the eye off weak plots. The one disappointment I have is that there are no extras worth mentioning, just a "Coming soon" piece.