Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: The Rescue

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

(Daily Doctor Who #82)

Read the previous entry here. Today, we continue with the second series’ third story…

The Rescue

Featuring the first ever change to the show’s core cast: William Hartnell is still there as the Doctor, along with William Russell as Ian Chesterton and Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright. But Maureen O’Brien is introduced as a new companion, Vicki. Written by David Whitaker (who had just completed his role as Story Editor for the series) and directed by Christopher Barry.

Individual episodes are called The Powerful Enemy and Desperate Measures.

Say Something Nice…

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

In The Rescue, the Doctor begins to take on traits that are now commonplace with the character–he is aware of what is going on ahead of everybody else, and doesn’t reveal it all immediately. Also, for the first time, the Doctor invites a companion into the TARDIS. It all adds up to a sense that the Doctor is more “in charge” of his adventures than we have usually seen to this point. The Rescue also has some interesting elements related to not being able to trust appearances, and uses that to tell a nifty murder mystery story.

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)

At only two episodes, The Rescue is too short to really be impacting or memorable, or to develop a really compelling mystery. It wasn’t written only to introduce Vicki, but it feels that way. And of course, effects on things like the Sand Beast are never completely satisfying.

Catch you next time!

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