Doctor Who: The Space Museum
(4 episodes, s02e26-e29, 1965)
I enjoyed that this serial had a mystery that both the crew and the audience need to figure out. The second episode started into the background, but the first episode effectively roped me in with the question of what was going on.
There were some great moments in this serial. The Doctor gives the admonition to stay close, but then it’s the Doctor who lags behind gets taken by the rebels. Later he hides in a Dalek shell, and his Yoda-like mirth made me laugh. It was really nice to have him fool the mind-reading chair, and an equally nice touch to have the “curator” get rid of him once he’s of no further use. The typical sci-fi tropes would have had the baddie just stick the hero away instead of trying to kill him off.
The action scenes during the whole cat-and-mouse chase were engaging, and Vicki is brilliant in rewiring the armory computer. She’s really climbing the ranks as one of my favorite companions.
The thing that made me scratch my head was that this was apparently all started with yet another faulty component. It seems that the TARDIS is often just one bump short of falling apart at the seams.
Last but not least, there were new Daleks in the lead-in to The Chase. Unfortunately, the head light blinking sequences are way off, and I don’t like the super-shiny collar. It’s very distracting under the studio lights.
Rating: 4/5 – “Would you care for a jelly baby?”
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4 thoughts on “Timestamp #15: The Space Museum”
Very interesting having you review these “fresh”. Fan orthodoxy says that episode one is fantastic followed by an awful episodes 2-4. I find this one subpar myself although I do love the humor with Hartnell in episode 2, but I’m glad to see that you liked it because it proves my point that any Doctor Who story will have its fans and detractors and it is great fun to get the different points of view.
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