Wednesday 30 March 2011

128 The Smugglers: Part Two

EPISODE: The Smugglers: Part Two
TRANSMITTED: 17 September 1966
WRITER: Brian Hayles
DIRECTOR: Julia Smith
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Smugglers
TELESNAPS: The Smugglers: Part Two

The Doctor is questioned by Pike. Pike reveals that he and his ship mate Cherub, who kidnapped the Doctor and killed Longfoot, were in a crew with Longfoot serving Captain Avery. Longfoot stole Avery's gold which Pike feels is his. The jailed Ben & Polly play on stable boy Tom's superstitious nature to escape. Innkeeper Kewper rows out to the Black Albatross to discuss business with Pike: He, Longfoot and the Squire are part of the village smuggling ring. Pike & Cherub go ashore to discuss business with the squire, leaving The Doctor & Kewper guarded by the crewman Jamaica. Ben & Polly have sough shelter in the church and are attempting to piece together Longfoot's murder when they catch a figure coming out of a tunnel in the crypt. They capture him and Polly goes to see the Squire to tell him they've caught the murderer. The man tells Ben he's Josiah Blake, a revenue officer, having emerged from a tunnel that leads from the Crypt to the sea shore which Ben then investigates, wanting a way back to the Tardis. Pike & Cherub visit the Squire but while they are there Polly arrives. Polly recognises Cherub as the Doctor's kidnapper and is bound & gagged. The Squire, Pike & Cherub go to the crypt and arrive as Ben returns from the tunnel....

Yup, enjoyed this episode too. Very good.

I've not long ago watched The Mutants on it's DVD release so I immediately recognised the voice of Paul Whitsun-Jones, who plays the obese Squire. Whitsun-Jones made a career out of playing fat men, at one stage (according to Katy Manning on the Mutants commentary) refusing Doctor's advice to loose weight because his livelihood depended on it! If you've not guessed yet, he'll be back for The Mutants where he plays The Marshall. Returning in this episode, as Revenue Office Josiah Blake, is John Ringham who we previously saw in the Axtecs as Tlotoxl and will later see in the Third Doctor tale Colony In Space. As his IMDB entry shows he's been a guest star in practically everything ever to be shown on television.

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