Friday, 1 May 2015

069 The Space Museum Episode 2: The Dimensions of Time

EPISODE: The Space Museum Episode 2: The Dimensions of Time
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 01 May 1965
WRITER: Glyn Jones
DIRECTOR: Mervyn Pinfield
SCRIPT EDITOR: Dennis Spooner
PRODUCER: Verity Lambert
RATINGS: 9.2 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - The Space Museum/The Chase

"We’re just going round and round in circles."

vlcsnap-2014-10-11-09h13m51s219 Two of the Moroks confer in an office: a third arrives to tell them a ship has arrived. They wonder if it is the rebels. Two of the Xerons hide in a cellar, waiting for the third Tor. He arrives with the news of the visitors and says the head of the Moroks, Lobos, has organised a search. Ian frees a gun from a display cabinet. Barbara notices she may have lost a button which the Doctor takes particular note of. The Moroks continue to search for them, but the travellers are spotted by the Xerons. The Doctor is separated from the others, is grabbed by the Xerons and collapses. Two leave to find something to revive home while the third is over powered. The others have noticed the Doctor is gone. The two Xerons return to find their colleague on the floor and the Doctor gone: They leave to find the other travellers while the Doctor is revealed to be hiding in the Dalek exhibit! However he is soon captured by the Moroks. The other travellers unravel Barbara's cardigan as an aid to navigate their way round the maze like museum. The Doctor is being held in a room restrained in a chair. The Xerons follow the cardigan thread. Lobos interrogates the Doctor: he is the governor of Xeros which is part of the Morok empire. Other Moroks search for Ian, Barbara and Vicki, who have found the Tardis which has been brought into the museum. The Doctor is taken away to be prepared as a museum exhibit.

No, this isn't the infamous Children in Need special Dimensions in Time. Don't confuse the two.

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Though to be honest I'm not sure which one I'd rather watch....

Oh my goodness, how boring can you get? Hardly any threat or menace at all. Barbara's statement very much rings true:

We’re just going round and round in circles.
Then there's the Doctor's comment while captured:
Well, from my observation it seems to arouse very little interest.
Yup he's got it in one there. Though to be fair Hartnell himself is on fine form during the interrogation. He gets the concept of confusing the Moroks by thinking things unlike, say, what happened in the last episode, what the Daleks were doing in Dalek Invasion of Earth and radiation in the Daleks. You can tell, he acts much better with material he's comfortable with which is mainly historical stories and especially those involving comedy. Here he's latched onto th sci fi idea and it shows: there's a sparkle there when he gets something.

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And if you are looking for something of interest in this episode is then you have the last appearance of the original Dalek design: They're back next story, and briefly at the end of this, but with a small but significant make over. The Doctor seems to take a lot of childish delight by hiding in the Dalek case to evade the guards! The prop has had a hinge added to the dome since it's last appearance to allow Hartnell to open it.

Featuring as the Xeron Tor we have Jeremy Bulloch. He'll later return as Hal the Archer in The Time Warrior, he's most famous for playing Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi. Or he was until George Lucas re-dubbed his voice and filmed new scenes with a different actor relegating his role somewhat. Like Morok guard Lawrence Dean he's also in the Bond Film Octopussy as well as a great many other things. You can hear Bulloch interviewed in Toby Hadoke's Who's Round #77.

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The Morok leader, Lobos, is played by Richard Shaw who'll be back as Cross in Frontier in Space: Episode Three & Four and Lakh in the Underworld: Part Three & Four.

vlcsnap-2014-10-11-09h04m43s163 In the middle of this photo is Salvin Stewart who's credited as a Morok Messenger here and a Morok Guard in the final two episodes. But on the left is Peter Diamond, here playing a Morok Technician but again a Morok Guard in the final two episodes. An actor and stuntman the question more is what hasn't he been in? As for Doctor Who he's already fight arranged The Rescue in the first Dalek story, The Waking Ally in the second as well and three episodes of the Romans in which he also appeared as Delos. More fight arranging follows in the 5th episode of the next story, The Chase's The Death of Doctor Who before he's a sailor in The Highlanders. Again he fight arranges episode 5 of The Evil of the Daleks before appearing as the luckless Davis in the first episode of the Ice Warriors, as an extra in the first and a double for both The Doctor and Salamander in the last episode of the Enemy of the World, a Confederate Horseman in the third and an Alien Guard in the ninth episodes of the War Games which he also fight arranged the tenth and final episode a role he also fulfils for The Dæmons Episodes Three & Four. Outside Doctor Who his most famous jobs are probably appearing in in and stunt arranging all three of the original Star Wars films. Playing multiple roles in the first film he can easily be spotted in Empire, where he's the Snowtrooper operating the e-web cannon that's shot by the Falcon's guns during the final stages of the escape from Hoth, and in Jedi, where he's the Biker Scout that gets unseated from his ride. Diamond died on March 27, 2004.

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