Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Watcher 

The Doctor, Vicki, and Steven Taylor, go to 1066 England, but something doesn't seem right including modern inventions like a Gramaphone and electricity. Could there be another time traveller?

Director:

Douglas Camfield

Writer:

Dennis Spooner
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Peter Purves ... Steven Taylor
Peter Butterworth ... Monk
Alethea Charlton Alethea Charlton ... Edith
Peter Russell Peter Russell ... Eldred
Michael Miller Michael Miller ... Wulnoth
Michael Guest Michael Guest ... Saxon Hunter
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The Doctor, Vicki, and Steven Taylor, go to 1066 England, but something doesn't seem right including modern inventions like a Gramaphone and electricity. Could there be another time traveller?

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1965 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 8.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Who: [Steven does not accept a Viking helmet as proof that they have travelled through time] What do you think it is, a space helmet for a cow?
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Featured in Dennis Spooner: Wanna Write a Television Series? (2009) See more »

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Suspended Animation
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Composed by Eric Siday
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Part 1, The Watcher, this is an absolute joy.
26 August 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

One of my favourite Hartnell stories.

Ian and Barbara have gone, and someone has trespassed onto the TARDIS, it's Stephen, who's stowed away and joins the TARDIS crew. The TARDIS lands on rocks overlooking the sea, it's arrival is witnessed by a Monk. The Monk listens in to the Doctor's explanations about the TARDIS and doesn't seem phased, he's a suspicious character. The locals look pretty savage, but the Doctor is very warmly welcomed by one of the women folk, where he learns of Vikings, and that it's 1066! Something's up at the Monestary as the singing suddenly takes a sharp dip, so the Doctor sets off to investigate, all is not as he was expecting......

I love the humour, Hartnell's at his funniest, in answer to Stephen's disbelief his response is hilarious, 'that is the dematerialing control, and that over yonda is the Horizontal hold, up there is the scanner, those are the doors, that is a chair with a Panda on it, sheer poetry dear boy.' So sarcastic, but brilliantly delivered lines.

Hartnell is absolutely glorious throughout this story, of those that exist it's probably my favourite of his performances, you can see he's totally loving what he's doing.

This is a fabulous opening episode, Stephen's proved to be a great addition, making up for the loss of Ian and Barbara. The Monk is a fascinating character. It's a real joy. 10/10


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