Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: The Reign of Terror

In an effort to find something quick that can be written as part of Daily Doctor Who, we are kicking off Say Something Nice, where I look back at each of the Doctor Who stories and pull out one cool thing about it.

(Daily Doctor Who #52)

Read the previous entry here. Today, we continue with the series’ final story for its first season…

The Reign of Terror

Featuring the same core cast as all the episodes so far–William Hartnell as the Doctor, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman. Written by Dennis Spooner and directed by Henric Hirsch. This was the conclusion to the show’s first season.

Individual episodes are called A Land of Fear, Guests of Madame Guillotine, A Change of Identity, The Tyrant of France, A Bargain of Necessity, and Prisoners of Conciergerie

Say Something Nice…

(Named for Missy–aka the Master–and her catchphrase from her first full appearance in Dark Water).

The Reign of Terror is another in the line of extremely well-detailed historical adventures from early Doctor Who. It features some good conflict between Ian and Barbara over the fate of Léon Colbert, a man who was romancing Barbara but is revealed to be a traitor. The Doctor gets to do some clever things, including stealing a bit of money so he can pretend he’s found buried treasure while he’s digging ditches as a prisoner. There is good continuity as the story references many of the previous adventures that the show had featured so far, including Barbara remembering from The Azteks that she cannot change history.

But because we’re equal-opportunity fans here, we’re not going to only be sycophantically complimentary.

You craven-hearted spineless poltroon!

(Another cry from the Master, but not exactly a catch-phrase, this time from The Deadly Assassin)

Susan’s fearfulness (of rats, and so on) seems to get the travelers into a lot of trouble. It’s been a while, but I remember the actor who played the quite major role of James Stirling being not particularly good in the role.

Catch you next time!

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