Saturday 7 May 2011

166 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Four

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Four
TRANSMITTED: 10 June 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Four

Jamie and Kemel fight but Kemel falls off a roof. He then saves Jamie's life from a booby trapped blade and a truce is formed between them as they go together to rescue Victoria. The Doctor and the Daleks confer on what is the human factor. Waterfield & Maxtible discover Toby's body: Maxtible is appalled and refuses to co-operate. Maxtible is about to shoot him when Arthur Terrall appears and offers to dispose of the body. Terrall catches Molly wandering the house and is furious at her: Ruth Maxtible, Terrall's fiancée, protects her but wants to know why Terrall is so changed. Ruth comes to speak with her father who tells her how the Daleks are going to give him the secret of alchemical transmutation to gold. Jamie & Kemel near where Victoria is hidden but are cornered by Daleks.

Lots of fighting and wandering through possibly trapped corridors this week. Troughton's off on holiday this week, his first break, so he appears only in brief pre filmed inserts as does Deborah Watling as Victoria who's hardly appeared in any of the three episodes she's been in so far.

Peter Bryant makes his debut in the script editor's chair this episode. He'll be playing musical chairs for much of the next few months between this and the producer's role. His arrival lead Victor Pembertron to believe chances of his advancement to full script editor would be blocked but things turn out differently as we shall see resulting in us needing another new script editor in the not too distant future.

We learn something interesting about Jamie this episode: He can read. He reads both Kemel's name (it's interesting that Kemel himself, a mute Turk, can write English) and Victoria's initials. Given the time period Jamie is from I'd have thought literacy levels weren't that high. Is he well educated for the time or is the Tardis somehow giving him the ability to read?

1 comment:

  1. Karl Thurgood8 May 2011 at 20:50

    I hadn't really thought about Jamie's literacy, but now you mention it it is interesting. Perhaps the Doctor has been teaching him? Although it seems out of character for Troughton's Doctor to sit still long enough mind you.