Synopsis Cambridge, England, the mid 1930s. When the Doctor, Steven and Vicki get separated from the TARDIS they are forced to spend some time amongst the ancient spires of Sedgwick College. The college is mid-way through a leadership crisis following the unexplained disappearance of the Master of Sedgwick, Sir Isaiah Hardy. An election for his replacement is now taking place.
But is that all that’s happening in this seemingly peaceful location? The Proctors are behaving in mysterious ways and the students are prone to bursts of unexplained violence. When one of his companions also vanishes, the Doctor realises that there’s more at stake here than control of an educational establishment. A dark plan is underway - one that threatens the entire future of humanity itself!
Written By: Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
CAST Maureen O'Brien (Vicki / Narrator), Peter Purves (Steven Taylor / The Doctor / Narrator), Mark Edel-Hunt (Guy), Sam Woolf (Kim), Philip Fox (Professor Charles Lewis), Richard Braine (Professor Linus Woolf), John Rowe (Sir Isiah Hardy). Other parts played by members of the cast.
What a strange story... yet I really liked it! It’s very fast paced, funny and rather cleverly structured. Each episode is dominated by one of the sub-plots that is also the main plot. If that makes any sense!? Perhaps it’s got too many different bonkers sci-fi elements in it that don’t seem to go anywhere, but I also think that’s rather the point. Purves and O’Brien are as terrific as ever.
I think the Guy and Kim characters are a little clumsily handled. They’re meant to be the famous Cold War agents, but their backgrounds and the setting of the story don’t match their real life counterparts.
I'm sorry to say Entanglement didn't quite click for me. It might be that I've been so impressed by The Dalek Occupation of Winter (imagine teeth buried into a human eye forever) and An Ideal World (my right, your right) that this story has fallen afoul of the aftershock.
The positives first. It could be something from Khan and Salinsky themselves or Dorney's script editing influence, but there's an almost Avengers-ish vibe to this particular tale (I don't know why, but I kept thinking "A Brief for Murder"). Much in the same vein of something like The War Machines. The Doctor's telling his companions that there's nothing untoward, only to start snooping around in someone else's desk fits the spy-heavy atmosphere of 1960s television. Vicki's visit to the eccentric in the photo shop could easily have been something done by Honor Blackman or Patrick MacNee back in the day. A strong atmosphere too with an excellent sense of space, you could feel the TARDIS rockinig back and forth on that roof. Talking of Vicki, kudos to Maureen O'Brien for making me genuinely afraid for her safety when Steven began to turn.
There was one thing that niggled at me throughout the story, though. The Doctor's characterisation here feels a bit, well, off. He should've been able to handle those undergraduates with ease, even in the midst of all that artificially-generated hullaballoo. We're only a couple stories away from Master Plan where he's steel-facedly negotiating a hostage exchange with Daleks and electrifying the airlock ladder on Desperus to keep the convicts out. He lacks that sense of presence, a bit too doddery and a bit too much like his successor in how much he plays the fool. Intimidating him is hard work. Maybe it's the Cambridge atmosphere, but he feels a bit brushed aside here in a way that Winter and World didn't quite do. All the stranger because this is the Doctor, Vicki and Steven's first unambiguous "win" of this run.
(As an aside: I noticed that the TARDIS running out of control in the bookends feels rather strange to me. It's interesting because it shouldn't do, but I'm so used to the Hartnell TARDIS being this weighty, unshakeable thing that having it rattle and roar is rather the novelty. If it had been only two incarnations or so forward I wouldn't have noticed it. Funny the kind of things you accept as part of the fabric of storytelling.)
"Courage isn't a matter of not being frightened you know; It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."
Listened to it this week and enjoyed it a lot. I kept picturing the 2 Professors competing for the provost-ship as the 2 from History Today (showing my age here) and kept expecting one of them to say "See that [insert as applicable], that's you, that is"
I really liked this one . Quite a bit. It's been a while since I listened to it, but I did think it quite clever, but that's not quite how entanglement works, at least to whatever extent I understand it.
That said, it's better than reversing the polarity of the "neutron flow"...
I listened to this again last night hadn’t re did it since it was released ,as I was going to bed as I really enjoyed this trilogy of stories. I was trying to escape the Time War Epics for a bit it’s nice to visit self contained stories and I so love Peter and Maureen .Also The wee nod to the Cambridge spies. I fell asleep towards the end so will have a replay when I finish work
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