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on 28 March 2017
great story
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on 2 May 2017
Good Story!!
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on 5 October 2015
lovely thanks
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on 17 November 2014
The Enemy of the World was one of two Doctor Who serials recently found after years of believed missing (along with The Web of Fear which ironically is the serial following this one) allowing viewers to see more of one of the best Doctors in Patrick Troughton.

What makes The Enemy of the World so special is it features Patrick Troughton in a duel role as The Doctor and the serial's central villain Salamander who looks to take over Earth through the use of natural disasters. Troughton does a great job performing both roles and even though the moment when the two characters come face to face is very brief it's really a great moment. If there's one flaw in the serial it's the absence of The Doctor from Episdoe 2 and the absence of his companions from Episode 4, but all in all the serial stands as one of the best of the second Doctor's run.
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on 17 March 2015
Recently discovered Patrick Troughton lost series, along with web of fear is not a typical Dr Who story, although it involves thawting the standard power crazed meglomaniac, this one has a twist, yep the villian looks like the Doctor, this means Patrick has to act his socks off. Playing two roles is difficult enough but making them believable is a neat trick, fortunatley Patrick pulls it off quite well, some things to note is the actress Carmen who plays the dictators cook is a good role for her, she went on to play the wife in Desmonds sitcom. never having seen this one the first time round it is marvelous to see the cast as if it were new, the print and sound have been well preserved plus some actors that went on to other things are in this.
A must for Whovians everywhere
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on 10 March 2016
If only you can overlook the often cheap and unsophisticated pre-digital special effects, costumes and scenery and the fact that it is filmed for a small screen in black and white (which only partly hides the above limitations), the best period of Dr Who was surely the time of the second actor to play the role, Patrick Troughton, in the late 1960s.

For all the above limitations of the 1960s Dr Who’s (which critics pointed out even in those days), many of the people involved in making them brought a thoughtfulness and commitment rarely equalled in later versions of the programme. Nor has it ever improved on the famous original theme tune.

Even if, like me, you are not an avid viewer of the programme today, you may still enjoy this story, one of Patrick Troughton’s best. Because this time the plot does not involve alien monsters, space ships or travel to other planets, the shortcomings of the special effects, costumes and scenery are less important.

The story is set on Earth in the not too distant future, when the planet is experiencing a mysterious outbreak of earthquakes.

Unusually and interestingly, Patrick Troughton here plays two very different parts: not only Doctor Who but also a brilliant but ruthless Mexican scientist, the ‘Enemy of the World’ of the title.

Good in a supporting role is Carmen Miranda, a black actress when I assume they were still quite rare on British TV. Viewers of the masculine tendency will note she was an attractive young lady then, wearing a stunningly short dress, as was then the fashion.

The film stock of those days was bulky to store and the possibility of episodes having a future commercial life after broadcast through home video sales, let alone internet downloads, probably then seemed to the BBC to be almost as much science fiction as time travel. Despite the programme’s popularity, many episodes from the 1960s were thrown away. Fortunately this story ‘The Enemy of the World’ is now complete.

Subject to the same remarks about putting up with some primitive low-budget special effects, costumes etc., of the Patrick Troughton ‘Dr Who’ stories, I also particularly recommend the Alice-in-Wonderland-like ‘The Mind Robber’.
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VINE VOICEon 5 December 2013
The rumours about missing Doctor Who episodes being found had been circulating the internet for months and at last after months of rumour, the remaining 5 episodes of Enemy of The World and 4 episodes of The Web Of Fear were revealed to the public in a fantastic early 50th anniversary present for the fans. The story itself sees The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria land on a beach in Australia in the early 21st century and are shot at by people mistaking The Doctor for Salamander, a ruthless dictator who is causing earthquakes and other natural disasters and wants to rule the world. Rescued by a local resistance group, The Doctor is persuaded by the rebels to impersonate Salamander. Despite a dodgy Mexican accent, Patrick Troughton is very menacing as The Doctor's evil double and of course is great as The Doctor himself. I remember reading a target novelization and telesnaps of this story but up till now only episode 3 of this story had been avaliable on the Lost In Time 3 disc set. Some superb restoration work and this is one of Troughton's best stories with the regular cast and guest cast on great form with the story coming across like a futuristic spy thriller. No extras on this release which makes me wonder if the bbc are holding out for a special edition later but otherwise this is excellent and a must see for fans. Here's hoping for more found missing episodes to come.
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on 15 August 2015
In October 2013 this wonderful story and "The Web of Fear" were discovered in Nigeria and what a great find this was. "The Enemy of the World" is the most different of the Patrick Troughton stories, because it features no sci fi elements or monsters and it's a sort of story which you could imagine John Pertwee being in it. The story was very well directed by the late great Barry Letts, who a few years later would become the producer in the John Pertwee era. Patrick Troughton is absolutely brilliant in this, which he is so good as the villain Salamander and even though he looks almost the same as the Doctor, (except for the uni brow and the hair style) he acts completely different and the accent is terrific. The only thing I found slightly disappointing was that the Doctor and Salamander only see each other very briefly, but it does look really good seeing their faces together and the story could have possibly been 4 -5 episodes long. The acting performances from Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling are very good and the guest performances from Bill Kerr and Mary Peach are also great. When this story and "The Web of Fear" were found, I got the impression that more people raved about "The Web of Fear" more. But in my opinion I do prefer this story slightly more, even though I really like "TheWeb of Fear". However in the recent "Dr Who" poll, "The Enemy of the World" did well which it was placed number 56 out of 241 and a few years before in the 2009 poll, the story was placed at a disappointing 139, which back then only the footage of episode 3 existed. Overall this is a great story to watch and this in my top favourite 5 Patrick Troughton story along with "The Power of the Daleks and "The War Games". Finally it would be fantastic to see more missing "Dr Who" stories and my favourite William Hartnell story I would love to see is "Marco Polo" and my favourite Troughton story has got to be "The Power of the Daleks".
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With its lack of monsters, The Enemy of the World is an oddity in season five. This isn't a problem though, as although this was a strong era of the show, the formula of base-under-seige was a restricting one, so it was good to have a break from the norm.

Patrick Troughton excels as Salamander. Although it's probably fair to say that Mexican accents weren't maybe his strength, as his accent does wobble from time to time. But this is a minor niggle as he seemed to relish the chance to do something different and is equally good at showing both sides of Salamander - the charming and the ruthless.

The guest cast is particularly strong. Bill Kerr, Mary Peach and Carmen Munroe are all noteworthy - Kerr, best known as Tony Hancock's comic foil in the radio version of Hancock's Half Hour plays it straight and Peach and Munroe are both strong women who contribute to the plot, rather than just providing eye candy. Carmen Munroe in particular has some very nice scenes in her episodes, particularly when thanking the hapless Fedorin for tasting Salamander's wine, telling him afterwards that it may have been poisoned.

There are several actors (Colin Douglas, George Pravda, Milton Johns) who make their Doctor Who debuts here, and would return to the series in the 1970's. Johns gives a wonderful performance as the sadistic Benik - although he teeters on the edge of camp there is still enough menace to convince you that he could be very dangerous indeed. His hope that Jamie and Victoria would be difficult so he could enjoy their interrogation is chilling - and it's left to the viewers imagination to wonder exactly what he would do to elicit the information he required.

David Whitaker has to be the series' most important writer of the 1960's. Responsible for shaping the concept of the programme as the original script editor, after leaving this post he wrote several key stories - The Crusade, Power of the Daleks, Evil of the Daleks - which remain favourites of many. Whitaker's script is fascinating, and contains concepts not often seen in Doctor Who of this period.

The notions of corruption and image (Salamander is evil, but are the alternatives any better?) is interesting in a period when good and evil tended to be very clearly defined in Doctor Who - the Doctor and his friends good, Monsters bad. Here, friends may be enemies and enemies may turn out to be friends, which makes a refreshing change.

It does stumble over the last few episodes though, as the inhabitants of the underground base are very wet indeed, but with so many good performances the story cracks along at a good pace and never feels drawn-out, like some other six parters can. Out of the surviving Troughton stories, Enemy nestles alongside The War Games and The Mind Robber as amongst the very best of what remains complete in the archives. For long term fans, and more casual viewers alike, this is a story that should repay many rewatchings.
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on 29 January 2015
had this bought for Christmas last year and I watched it and I thoroughly enjoyed it considering it was made between December 1967-January 1968 the story was very fast paced and the story didn't drag in places at all. when watching it didn't feel like it was on for the running time of 140 mins . very enjoyable and a story I would watch again.
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