Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (parts three and four)

It’s not nice to kick a show when it’s down, but I swear the birdmen in this Doctor Who story look a whole lot like the chicken-people in that one unfortunate episode of Far Out Space Nuts that we watched a couple of years ago. You try to keep an open mind and a kind heart about these things, but there really isn’t anything good about this.

Worst of all, there’s a total disconnect between the story’s insistence to have twin boy geniuses whose mathematical equations can somehow change and alter actual space, and the story’s hear-it-to-believe-it scheme involving planets crashing into a sun, causing it to go supernova, which probably wouldn’t happen, and somehow not destroy a million eggs but send them on beeline courses – very, very, very fast – onto planets with breathable atmospheres for the slug-creatures inside to hatch and find food. No, none of that makes any sense. It’s by some measure the stupidest evil plan that any villain in Doctor Who ever came up with.

And yet, I can’t help but think that the twin kids must have been intended to have something more to do with this plot instead of being helpless kidnap victims. I just bet that somewhere along the line, in one draft or another, their mathematical super-genius was intended to plot courses for the eggs, through wormholes or black holes or something, so that the eggs would instantly land on appropriate worlds. It would still be insanely dumb, but at least one of the many flaws in Mestor’s wild scheme would have been addressed.

The kid liked it, anyway. He’s not feeling very good tonight and he went on to bed early, but he liked the Doctor being rude and loud. Colin Baker is definitely the best thing about this adventure.

One thought on “Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (parts three and four)

  1. The scripts were heavily rewritten by Eric Saward, no doubt to focus on the new Doctor, so it may well be that some details were lost in rewrites. It is also worth noting the writer was a man who tended to write scripts that were adaptions rather than original scripts

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