Classic Doctor Who adventure The Enemy of the World is released on "Special Edition" DVD today in the UK. Read more about the 2 disc release here.
Purchase here. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079MQBNB7/?tag=docwho076-21
Missing from the archives for 40 years, the story was found in 2013. It’s unique amongst all the memorable monster adventures of the fifth season. A spy story, full of poisonings, helicopter chases and switching doubles, it’s an unusually grown up Doctor Who adventure…
Here’s everything you need to know about The Enemy of the World …
The Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton.
Hailed as the "saviour of the world", Salamander has done more than anyone to relieve global famine. But why do his rivals keep disappearing? And how can he predict so many natural disasters?
The Doctor must expose Salamander's schemes – but thanks to an uncanny resemblance to would-be dictator, that’s far from straightforward…
“Sad really, isn't it? People spend all their time making nice things, and other people come along and break them.”
In amongst the classic monster action of season five, The Enemy of the World is often forgotten, which is a terrible shame.
Troughton gives a fantastic turn as the Doctor, Salamander and the-Doctor-posing-as-Salamander, proving what a powerful and versatile actor he is. The plot twist of what lies beyond the Records Room (which we shan’t reveal here) is genuinely shocking and so totally out of left field as to be massively enjoyable.
David Whittaker’s script is full of exciting and rich characters, even in the smaller roles – the pessimistic Griffin, the pathetic Fedorin, the perverse Benik – plus, it has two unusually strong (for the series at this time) roles for women, in Astrid and Fariah.
And with the imagined future, where everyone travels by hovercraft or by rocket (only two hours between Europe and Australia!), and lives in a “zone”, this feels like a more glamorous version of 1984.