MONDAY FEBRUARY 12 1962

GRANADA

2.35 For Schools – The World Around Us

3.00 ICI LA FRANCE

3.25 The Story of Industry

4.25 NEWYDDION Y DD

4.25 DEWCH I MEWN

5.00 Seeing Sport

5.25 Supercar – The Runaway Train

https://youtu.be/rtL9ST9G6Aw

5.55 News

6.05 Granada Newsbrief

The Adventures of Robin Hood – The Charter

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x579nhb

6.35 People and Places

7.00 All Our Yesterdays

7.30 Coronation Street

8.00 Playdate – Our Man To Beat

9.00 News

9.15 Bonanza – Vengeance

https://youtu.be/IdFo-6zWVAw

10.00 Chan Canasta

10.35 Time To Kill?

11.05 News Headlines followed by Northern Newcast

11.15 Deep in the Heart of Chelsea

11.45 Closedown

The Web of Fear

The Web of Fear sees the travellers return to Earth in what looks like the present day, well sort of anyway, and is a sequel to the Abomninable Snowmen, which wasn’t that long ago really so was still sort of fresh in the audiences mind.

Of course this time you got the added bonus of the Yeti ambling up and down places that the audience probably knew well and would have been a much more frightening experience than the last time we saw them in the Tibetan wilderness.

Most the of the story was set in the London Underground which can often be a rather spooky place at the best of times and is even more so at night with no lights turned on and entirely devoid of people.

The set design on this story is remarkable when you think that these underground stations were built from scratch for this story and you really have to raise your hat to the designer for his sterling work here.

Jack Watling returned as a much older, and grumpier, Professor Travers, still obsessed by the Yeti, probably more so than the previous time that we met him.

Also featuring in this adventure were Tina Packer as Traver’s daughter, Anne, another strong female role which is seeming to be a hallmark of this series so far after Miss Garett and Astrid before her and she gets a far better part than our very own Victoria, even though Deborah Watling does a good job with what little she is given to do, which is less than she had in the previous Yeti adventure.

Most notably this story features the first appearance of Lethbridge-Stewart, this time a Colonel, but pretty much the same man that the audience would get to know a lot better over the next few years, not that the audience knew it at the time, of course. You can clearly see why the bought him back the following year.

There were a lot of good performances here including Ralph Watson as Captain Knight, John Rollason as Harold Chorley, Jack Woolgar as Staff Sgt Arnold, Derek Pollit as Evans all of whom gave their all in this story which really is a classic of its era and of the series itself.

For years it was lost and was remembered as being a decent story but when it was returned, albeit with one episode still missing, it was reclaimed as the classic that it was.

The Enemy of the World

The Enemy of the World was a bit different to what we had been getting over the past couple of months. For one thing it was not set in the snow and ice as the previous twelve episodes was, and started on a beach, and had the Doctor run into the sea for a paddle in the sea. That was one thing that was different for a start. Then they started getting shot at, which was certainly not a great start for them

At times this story was more like a James Bond film, or the ITC series beloved of ITV viewers of the time, rather than the sort of stories that we had been used to watching. It had a large cast of characters and was very expansive and looked like money had been spent on it, when it most certainly wouldn’t have been.

The most notable thing in this story however had to be the dual role played by Patrick Troughton doubling as the story’s main villain, Salamander, who would have made a decent Bond villain, let alone a Doctor Who villain.

In fact you could quite comfortably imagine this as Bond movie as there are very few traditional Doctor Who trappings in this story at all, such as there are no aliens, it is not set in the far, far future, there are no spaceships etc.

What with Patrick Troughton playing the villain with great gusto the Doctor isn’t really in the story that much but it doesn’t really matter as this allows Jamie and Zoe to take a greater part of the action than they might normally do and both excel here and make the most of their opportunity. Jamie gets a lot more to do here than Victoria does and Frazer Hines is once again excellent

There was also some interesting characters including Mary Peach as the very Avengers girl type character Astrid, Bill Kerr (very different to his persona in the Hancock’s Half Hour radio series) as Giles Kent, George Pravda as Denes, Carmen Munroe as Faria (in a great role for a person of colour at the time) and Milton Johns as Benek all make good impressions on the story.

Barry Letts did a great job on the story as it often looked very impressive on what was obviously a rather small budget. Mostly however it was a lot of fun seeing Patrick Troughton play the baddie for once and you can tell that really relishes playing someone other than the Doctor for a change and shows off Troughton’s acting chops.

For many years all we had was the third episode which is quite possibly the least impressive of the episodes but does feature a comedy Australian chef and that was all we had to go on until the rest of the story was found and it is a far better story than people thought it was after only seeing the third episode.

Yes, at times, it is not really Doctor Who but, hey, it works, and it is fun to watch and its great that we have it.

Share Your World 18/0/22

Fill in: ‘If I were really completely honest, I would say that…’ This is a question for ‘radical honesty’. What are the things you wouldn’t normally say? Things you would otherwise actually hide? What’s on your mind? What would you really like to be able to say?

Lots of things to be honest. I cannot think of one particular thing that stands out.

Have you ever broken anything? What about rules?

My knee. Lots of cups and plates and saucers over the years. As for rules I tend to follow them all of the time as I am afraid of the consequences of what would happen if I did break them.

Are you also afraid of spiders? What is your biggest fear, other than spiders? (If you’re not afraid of spiders, use your biggest phobia instead

I don’t actually mind spiders unless they jump out at me. If I see one then I just leave it be as it isn’t going to do me any harm. If I lived in Australia or somewhere like that I would have a different opinion. My biggest fear are loosing my sight and being trapped in a small space. I have a major fear of lifts nowadays and I avoid using them wherever possible

Do you think time goes faster as you get older?

I don’t think that it actually does but it does often feel like it does. It weird really and I cannot explain it. I do know that time goes slower when you are in work than it does when you are not at work.