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5.0 out of 5 stars Double trouble, 27 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World [DVD] (DVD)
Following their encounter with the Ice Warriors, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria head for somewhere warm. Materializing on an Australian beach in 2018, their holiday is soon interrupted by an armed attack and pursuit by three men in a hovercraft who have mistaken the Doctor for Leader Salamander.

To many, Salamander is a hero who has fed an overpopulated and starving world through his technological brilliance but for others, he is a tyrant intent on ruling the world by a combination of bribery and subversion.

Rescued by Astrid, a member of the same group of rebels, they are taken to meet Giles Kent, a former Governor disgraced by Salamander and who is now his implacable enemy. Kent and Astrid try to convince the Doctor that Salamander is an evil man who must be killed for the sake of the world. Rejecting this solution, the Doctor insists on proof and so a plan to infiltrate Jamie and Victoria into Salamander's household is put into action instead.

The Enemy of the World is a very different kind of story from the majority of Troughton adventures, full of intrigue and convincingly realized, without the need for much special effects work. It cunningly avoids the usual cliches of doubles and conceals its surprises remarkably well. Accordingly, it is as fresh and original today as it must have seemed back in 1968 and is undoubtedly one of the second Doctor's finest moments.

The excellent supporting cast is largely drawn from stalwart television character actors of the day, notably Bill Kerr, Carmen Munroe, Colin Douglas (Horror of Fang Rock) and Milton Johns (The Android Invasion) playing one of his trademark creepy characters.

The restoration is excellent although, due to the speed of its release after its discovery, there are no special features apart from the trailer for the Web of Fear, another rediscovered Troughton classic. Now, if they could only find a few more...
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