Friday 14 October 2011

326 The Time Monster Episode Three

EPISODE: The Time Monster Episode Three
TRANSMITTED: 03 June 1972
WRITER: Robert Sloman
DIRECTOR: Paul Bernard
SCRIPT EDITOR: Terrance Dicks
PRODUCER: Barry Letts
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - Myths & Legends: The Time Monster, Underworld & The Horns of the Nimon
Episode Format: 525 video RSC

Benton escapes to warn the Doctor. Using the high priest, Krasis, seal with the crystal the Master summons Kronos, a white bird like man, which causes Stuart Hyde to revert to his true age and traps the Brigadier in a time field. In ancient Atlantis Krasis has been missed: King Dalios fears the return of Kronos. The Doctor builds a gadget out of odds and ends which disrupts the Master's work. Captain Yates approaches with troops & the Tardis but the Master uses the crystal to summon a knight on horseback to attack them, forcing them off the road. They are then assaulted by roundhead soldiers. The Brigadier, Jo & Doctor go to rescue them and the Tardis. The Master summons a doodlebug and has it dropped on Captain Yates' party.

Really this episode is just a bit of fun with the Master throwing various historical threats at Mike's party to stop them bringing the Tardis to the Doctor. He even gets in on the Doctor's act by reversing the intastatial flow not once but twice!

High Priest Krasis is played by well known actor Donald Eccles on his only Who appearance, but his king, Dalios, is played George Cormack who'll be back as K'anpo Rimpoche in Planet of the Spiders. Stuntman Greg Powell is the Knight on horseback while the Roundhead Officer is Katy Manning's favourite bit part player Dave Carter. Once again here's his credits list: Doctor Who and the Silurians (as Old Silurian), Inferno (as a Primord), Terror of the Autons (as a Museum Attendant), The Mind of Evil (as a Prison Officer), Invasion of the Dinosaurs (as Sergeant Duffy) & The Android Invasion (as Grierson)

Although this story is set in Cambridge, the location work was performed in Hampshire & Berkshire. The series would get to film in Cambridge in 1979 but sadly what they shot never made it to the screen......

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