Doctor Who - The Enemy of the World
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Unseen in the UK for 45 years – marvellously restored and remastered and brought back to life for you to own on DVD. Enemy of the World is the fourth tale of Series 5 which first aired on the BBC in December 1967. It stars the second actor to play the Time Lord, Patrick Troughton, who is both the Doctor and his antagonist Ramon Salamander, alongside Frazer Hines (Jamie) and Deborah Watling (Victoria). On Earth in the near future, the Doctor and his companions are enmeshed in a deadly web of intrigue thanks to his uncanny resemblance to would-be 21st century dictator Salamander. He is hailed as the ‘Shopkeeper of the World’ for his efforts to relieve global famine, but why do his rivals keep disappearing? How can he predict so many natural disasters? The Doctor must expose Salamander’s schemes before he takes over the World.
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A must for Whovians everywhere
I honestly thought I would never have seen any of the old stories, without being turned into cartoons.
However just like the series itself lost stories keep on materialising like the Tardis out of the vortex.
You can't grumble at the price either.
Just briefly, this was an unusual story, not least because it occurred during the monster season, season 5 (1967/68. but it is the only story of that season to have no monsters. We instead have Troughton playing the villainous Salamander, as well as of course The Doctor. Some great supporting cast including the wonderful Bill Kerr, Mary Peach, George Pravda and Carmen Munroe to name a few.
4 stars for the story, 1 star ofr the lack of any extras though
This story might seem a little drier than regular Doctor Who of the period as it doesn't rely on monsters at all but presents a tale of a fascist future.
Troughton gives a masterclass in acting playing both the Doctor and the villainous Salamander, plus in turns both characters attempting to portray the other- though there was far more of this than I expected.
Highlights- the Doctor gleefully running on the beach in part one and the surprisingly good (for the time) special effects at the end.
SPOILERPHOBES- if you've never seen this story don't watch the trailer first.
My only minor gripe about these DVDs are the un-skippable introductory menus using the hideous 1980s version of the theme tune. Use it for relevant 1980s episodes by all means but not right for the older stories. An earlier release of "Spearhead From Space" used the correct version for instance.
Only a minor gripe as I said, the episodes themselves are original and beautifully remastered. Well done to all concerned.