Monday 14 March 2011

112 The Celestial Toymaker Part 2: Hall of Dolls

EPISODE: The Celestial Toymaker Part 2: Hall of Dolls
TRANSMITTED: 09 April 1966
WRITER: Brian Hayles
DIRECTOR: Bill Sellars
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Collection: (1965-1966) No. 2

Steven & Dodo are forced into a new game by the Toymaker. Attempting to help them, the invisible Doctor is silenced too by the Toymaker who advances the Doctor's own game and thus depriving his companions of time. Faced with a set of seven chairs the companions have to find which one is safe by using dolls. However they're playing against a King & Queen from a pack of cards who cheat sacrificing their Jack to test a chair while the Knave sleeps through the experience. Three dolls remain after Steven & Dodo complete the task and the dolls follow them out of the room.

This episode was a little easier to follow than the previous one and made more sense to me. Still very odd.

The King & Queen characters in this are played by the same actors that were the clowns in the previous episodes. Both these characters, and Sgt Rugg/Mrs Wiggs in the next episode were brought in to replace the characters that Gerald Savory objected to the use of. It should be noted that the schoolboy Cyril introduced in this episode seems to resemble Billy Bunter and indeed the copyright holders for that character complained.

Clara Clown, The Queen & Mrs Wiggs are played by Carmen Silvera, later to find fame as Edith Artois in Allo, Allo.

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