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Brigadier Gets His Gunfighter On - And the Doctor is Definitely the Bond-esque "International Man of Mystery"
on January 12, 2015
All these Pertwee adventures are pretty much completely new to me, so it's quite fun watching them and discovering interesting bits of lore and even unique production differences in these early shows that actually have modern day reflections in the run of Doctors, even up to our current 12th (or 13th depending on how you want to look at it) Doctor.
One neat thing is that this particular serial does the intro-music, replays the cliffhanger, then pops the actual title/episode sequence up. I found myself rather liking that format, and not unlike the modern "Previously Seen" setup. Also a pretty "action" packed serial although it takes 5 episodes to get to the real Dr. Who-ish themes... and I do use the word action somewhat loosely as it's pretty tongue-in-cheek, even compared to the standards of the 60s and 70s. Still, cool to watch the Brigadier play the Gunfighter, and Nicholas Courtney sure pulled it off well if not the fisticuff sequences. And I sure got the 007 vibe going from the Doctor- well, until we finally get into more familiar "alien" territory (hah).
Since this is all new territory to me, I did keep trying to guess the actual ending revelation, and pleasantly found myself not entirely correct as the plot finally begins opening up in episode 6 and 7. Definitely one to grab if you are exploring Pertwee's tenure for the first time, like I am.