Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: The Chase

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 #110)

Read the previous entry here. Today, we continue with the second season’s eighth story…

The Chase

Featuring the same cast as last time: William Hartnell as the Doctor, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Maureen O’Brien as Vicki, but also introducing Peter Purves as Steven Taylor in the last episode. Written by Terry Nation and directed by Richard Martin.

Individual episodes are called The Executioners, The Death of Time, Flight Through Eternity, Journey Into Terror, The Death of Doctor Who, and The Planet of Decision.

Say Something Nice…

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

The Chase does a good job with its farewells to Ian and Barbara (the most significant cast change to this point), and with introducing new companion Steven Taylor. The Mechonoids were a neat idea, and their battle with the Daleks and the subsequent destruction of their city is pretty epic, especially considering the production limitations of the day.

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)

Unfortunately, all that cool stuff listed above is from a single episode of this six-part story, The Planet of Decision. In general, the set pieces of this “epic journey” type story were not all that impressive, and the scene in the “haunted house” was particularly silly.

Catch you next time!

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