Part One

Sue: I like this story already. We’re outside and we’re on Earth. That’s just the way I like it.

Sue immediately recognises Jane Hampden.

Sue: Oh, it’s Polly whatsherface from The Liver Birds. We have the complete set, now.

Jane watches as a group of men in Civil War armour ride by on horseback.

Sue: Has she fallen through a hole in time? She seems to be handling it rather well. Either that or the costume department have completely ****ed up and she’s supposed to be from the past.

Jane admonishes Sir George Hutchinson for his Cavalier attitude.

The AwakeningMe: Do you recognise him?
Sue: Yes. It’s Jason King.
Me: Jason King in Doctor Who? Don’t be daft. I’m not surprised you don’t recognise him with that wig on, though. It’s Denis Lill. He was in Survivors. He was the one who wasn’t Greg. He was also in Image of the Fendhal, but he didn’t have a lot of hair in that.

Sue: Is Doctor Who where all the old Survivors come to die?

She also recognises Glyn Houston. Well, sort of.

Sue: He’s dead famous, too. He’s been in loads of things. Including Doctor Who, I think. This story’s got a good guest cast so far.

Meanwhile, in the space-time vortex, the Doctor and Turlough are fiddling with the TARDIS.

Me: Have you noticed something missing from the TARDIS, recently?
Sue: Erm… a hatstand?
Me: No, the hatstand is over there in the corner.
Sue: A nice chaise longue?
Me: No, something much more important than a chair. Come on, what’s missing from this scene?
Sue: I have no idea.

She will kick herself in a couple of weeks.

The Doctor has agreed to Tegan’s request to visit her grandfather.

Sue: Don’t tell me – Tegan’s grandfather gets killed by aliens? Tegan’s family is cursed. I’d give her relations a wide berth, if I were her. And why would she use a machine that can travel through all of time and space to visit someone she could have seen by taking a bus or a train in her own time? It’s a waste of the Doctor’s resources.

The Doctor and his companions explore a disused church.

Sue: I bet the altar is the Monk’s TARDIS. I’m right, aren’t I?
Me: Wait and see.

The AwakeningFog begins to pour through a crack in the wall.

Sue: Hey, that’s the same crack from the new series. Hang on, is this Amy Pond’s village?

Tegan is told that her grandfather has gone missing (“Now there’s a surprise”) and she runs away. Out of breath, she holds her handbag up to her face for comfort.

Sue: What is she doing? Does she like the smell of leather when she’s stressed out?

Sir George tells the Doctor that he must take part in the village’s war games.

Sue: It’s all gone a bit Wicker Man.

Meanwhile, Tegan is confronted by a ghostly apparition.

The AwakeningSue: Is the topless guy Tegan’s grandfather? I can see why she was in such a hurry to visit him, now. He can’t have long left.

The Doctor chases a disfigured man through the village. This man is preternaturally fast.

Sue: How did he get so far away? Is the director on crack?
The Doctor: How could he get so far?
Sue: Oh. Okay, fair enough. As long as it makes sense later.

The Doctor follows this man back to the church, but when he enters it, he is attacked by psychic forces.

Sue: Either this place is haunted or they have a really powerful stereo system. It’s definitely the Monk.

The AwakeningA young man breaks through the stone wall. His name is Will Chandler.

Sue: Is he the new Adric? Does Tegan stay behind at the end of this story and does the Doctor travel with two boys? That would be… different.

And then Sue has a brainwave:

Sue: I bet this boy is Tegan’s Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather and if he dies, she won’t exist. Am I close?

Sir George tells his men, Willow and Wolsey, that he wants Tegan found.

Sue: He can’t stop playing with his balls. The man’s obsessed!

It turns out that Jane would have been the Queen of May if Tegan hadn’t turned up out of the blue.

Sue: So there’s only one woman in this entire village? How does that work?

The Doctor takes Will to a graveyard so he can prove that the boy has traveled forward in time.

Sue: Forget the bloody gravestones, show him that massive electricity pylon in the background!

The AwakeningTegan is captured by Willow and she is told to put on a special dress. We’ve all been there.

Willow: Just do as you’re told. Unless you want me to do it for you.
Sue: I bet you’d like that, wouldn’t you? You dirty perv.

Having said that, Sue is impressed with the results.

Sue: That’s Tegan’s best outfit yet. She ought to keep that one.

Back at the church, the crack in the wall opens wider.

Sue: Ooh, I got a little shock, then.

We catch a glimpse of a large green eye, and then the screen is filled with smoke. The Doctor walks towards it.

The AwakeningSue: I can tell you one thing – the monster is rubbish. If it was any good, that cliffhanger wouldn’t have ended with the back of Peter Davison’s head.

The credits roll.

Sue: It’s got some atmosphere, which is nice, but this plot isn’t doing anything for me at all.


Part Two

The AwakeningSue isn’t very impressed with the Malus.

Sue: It looks like something you’d see on a Ghost Train at a fun fair.

And when Doctor and Will are confronted by a ghostly Cavalier.

Sue: And now it’s turned into The Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World.

Turlough is captured on the village green by a soldier.

Sue: This is getting a bit out of hand for a role-play game.
Me: I wonder what their safety word is.

Sir George admires the new-look Tegan.

Sue: He’s taking this game a bit too seriously. Can you imagine what he’d be like if he ever played World of Warcraft? He’d never leave the house.

Turlough is locked up with Tegan’s grandfather.

Sue: That’s a very nice doer-upper. In fact, the village is lovely. Apart from all the weirdos, of course.

The AwakeningThe Doctor and Will discuss what will happen to the Queen of the May. Will thinks on.

Sue: I can’t imagine a close-up of Adric ever lasting that long.

Wolsey has had a change of heart and he arrives at the village green with a fake Tegan made from straw.

Sue: Here’s a much better idea: just don’t turn up at all!

The Doctor races back to his TARDIS. He isn’t very happy with Tegan when he gets there.

The Doctor: You didn’t close the doors!
Sue: Don’t get me started.

When we’re back on the TARDIS, I have one last go:

Me: Are you sure there’s nothing missing from the TARDIS?
Sue: I don’t know. Is it his little porch? Has that gone?
Me: No.
Sue: I don’t know. What is it? I bet it’s some really stupid detail on the TARDIS console that only a fan would notice.
Me: Forget it. It doesn’t matter.

The AwakeningOn the TARDIS wall, a tiny Malus is growing.

Sue: Just knock it down with a broom.

The Doctor defeats the Mauls by pressing some buttons on his console.

Sue: What is it with Doctor Who and vomiting monsters? It’s a really gruesome trend.
Me: It could have been worse. It could have come out the other end.

Sir George is possessed by the Malus but Will manages to overpower him.

Will: It be better he be dead!
Sue: Dead? He just tripped over a fairground attraction. I’m pretty sure he would have survived that.

The Malus isn’t very happy.

Sue: So what? What’s he going to do? He just sits behind a wall and moans a lot. He’s not really in the same league as the Weeping Angels, is he?

Everyone races to the TARDIS.

Sue: The villagers are taking the interior of the TARDIS in their stride, I see. That village must be really ****ed up if this is normal for them.

The AwakeningTegan is finally reunited with her grandfather.

Sue: Will he ask her if she was responsible for his daughter’s death?

The episode concludes with a very long conversation about tea.

Sue: There were only two episodes and yet they still needed to pad it out. That is unforgivable. And how many ****ing companions has the Doctor got now?
Me: I don’t know. You tell me.


The Score

Sue: That was rushed. I liked the locations, the acting, and the sets, but the plot just wasn’t good enough. It was hard to give a shit about any of the characters. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think it would have worked better as a four-parter. The direction wasn’t great, either.



Coming Soon




  1. Gavin Noble  October 29, 2012

    What is missing from the TARDIS?

    • Gavin Noble  October 29, 2012

      Penny in air, penny dropped! No answers – not even on a postcard please!

      • Jamie  October 29, 2012

        I reckon it’s Karma that you managed to answer your own question.

        • Dave Sanders  October 29, 2012

          Where do you think the hatstand comes from? It’s the only way to explain what that thing’s all about next time

          • Frankymole  October 30, 2012

            Especially as the Doctor in Frontios reckons that there’s another hatstand around somewhere, “put them together and we’ll have a pair”… it’s clear what form thingybob’s taken when you-know-what happens and the hatstand’s still around and starts to [censored]…

        • Cracked Polystyrene Man  October 29, 2012

          Thought it was odd Sue hadn’t mentioned it at the start of THE FIVE DOCTORS.

    • DPC  October 29, 2012

      A perfect place to slap Turlough in, if the ‘next time’ bit is to believed… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Graeme CG  October 29, 2012

    I’ve always had a soft-spot for The Awakening (it’s one of the first stories that I remember really well from its original tx).

    Valid points though; it is rushed and plot-lite.

  3. Warren Andrews  October 29, 2012

    The Awakening is a great looking story (don’t agree on the bad direction when Warriors of the Deep came before it!) but the plot is all over the place. Saward didn’t really have a clue what to do with it.

    The Doctor has a brand new outfit and no comment from Sue!!! I’m appalled;):D

  4. Neil Perryman  October 29, 2012

    Seriously? Please don’t give it away. Sue hasn’t read this yet and she has a habit of reading the first few comments. Cheers. It’ll come to you. Like karma.

    • John Miller  October 29, 2012

      Mind you when it does reappear on the TARDIS, there are two other objects that are far more attention-grabbing…

  5. John S. Hall  October 29, 2012

    I, too, have always felt that “The Awakening” could’ve benefitted from an additional episode.

    But — a three-part “Doctor Who” story?? Let’s not be daft… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • John G  October 29, 2012

      We’ve already had Planet of Giants…

      • Dan  October 30, 2012

        Isn’t it the perfect number for a Dr Who story? Four there’s always (read “sometimes”) too much padding.

  6. Gavin Noble  October 29, 2012

    Sorry – after your clue on FB the penny dropped! Shows how much of impression it made on me – even 28 years later!

  7. Paul Greaves  October 29, 2012

    Sorry Sue, I disagree entirely. I love this story. But then, I have a thing for the ‘deserted English village’ routine. Hence a perfectly acceptable love for Terror of the Zygons and a slightly less acceptable one for The Android Invasion…

    Great cast, nice direction, nippy little story. Miles better than the previous fiasco and the last story of the season. And I still think Will could’ve been the next ‘Jamie’.

    Yes, okay, it isn’t faultless but I dare you to name any story in the last 50 years that is ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. encyclops  October 29, 2012

    This isn’t the third Davison story I barely remember, but I don’t remember much. Beyond the fact that Will Chandler’s voice always made me want him to wipe his nose. Thank goodness he wasn’t a companion — can you imagine Sue’s B.O. comments, though?

  9. Robert Dick  October 29, 2012

    You could always show Sue the deleted scene… It’s on the DVD.

    • Neil Perryman  October 29, 2012

      Nah. I think I’ll wait.

      • Robert Dick  October 29, 2012

        Show her afterwards.

      • Dave Sanders  October 29, 2012

        No no no, the proper response is “I’ll explain later”.

  10. JonH  October 29, 2012

    I almost never want to watch this one again. When I saw it as a young whipper snapper I was absolutely terrified by the idea of a massive face hiding behind a wall. Watching it again will either: a) ruin the memories (if Sue’s score is anything to go by) or b) make me scared of big faces behind walls again, which may be altogether less acceptable as an adult.

  11. Smith  October 29, 2012

    To be frank, I don’t think many fans even noticed that the thing that’s missing was missing.

  12. chris-too-old-to-watch  October 29, 2012

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: Oooh, sorry just dropped off there, but I had a lovely dream about a huge alien, and a church, and mind-controlled villagers, and the big alien being defeated by an illogical sacrifice.

    Only trouble is the Doctor had white hair.

    And Jo was in it.

    And UNIT

    Oh yes, that was the Daemons.

    Suprised that no-one’s pointed out the similarity before really….(Puts on crash helmet and returns to book on MRI)…

    • Perry Armstrong  October 30, 2012

      Quite right. This is indeed ‘The Daemons’ revisited (right down to the church exploding at the end), plus a bit of ‘The Time Monster’ thrown in for good measure.

  13. John Miller  October 29, 2012

    Wow. I agree with Sue with Sue NEARLY 100% about this. The only difference is I always thought of the Malus as being a fun character on a show for preprimary children. “Come along, children, the Malus will sing a song for us now!” sort of thing. To those who knocked ‘The King’s Demons’ : THIS is how you make a two-parter plod.

  14. Wholahoop  October 29, 2012

    A story with a number of faults but in its defence it wasnโ€˜t WOTD which is one of the few positives I can think of for this story. Oh and the Gotcha from cuddly Noel Edmonds when the horse destroyed the lych gate outside t.he church

    Memo to self:leave facetious comments about Monk/War Chief/Master to the experts since when I make the comments offence is taken where none is intended

    • Robert Dick  October 29, 2012

      Noooooooooo. Don’t mention them again! Elephant Head’ll come on and start singing.

      • Dave Sanders  October 29, 2012

        And Neil will lock the comments again while gibbering ‘Spectators! SPECTATORS!’

      • encyclops  October 29, 2012

        STOP! In the naaaame of love!

    • The Chief Monk War Master  October 29, 2012

      Don’t worry i am not offended!

      sort of on topic Peter Davison looks like he is being attacked by a face hugger on the end of part 1 picy. An Alien timelord hybrid would be an interesting beast.

      • John Miller  October 30, 2012

        Before this reaches dangerous levels of hilarity, I’ll make my one point about this here. Let you all in a little secret:
        a)”The War Chief” is not the usual name for that Time Lord, the way “The Doctor” is for another. Amazingly, he was only known by that title when working with/for The War Lord. He wouldn’t have been “The War Chief” BEFORE he met The War Lord. And since The War Lord and all his men were erased from ever having existed, there’s no reason to use the name “The War Chief” ever again. b)”The Monk” is not the usual name for that Time Lord, the way “The Doctor” is for another. He only disguised himself as a monk because it suited his particular plan in 1066. He isn’t, wasn’t, and never will be an actual monk. He wouldn’t have dressed as a monk when he went to the bank to collect his interest. And he certainly didn’t dress like a monk when he went to Currys to get that gramophone. He wouldn’t wear monk’s clothing if he was on a 26th Century Space Station. The monk’s outfit was one disguise, used for one purpose, similar to how The Master would disguise himself as a telephone repair man, an Abjudicator, or a Naval Officer. Exactly the same actually. And since the whole point of a disguise is to be inconspicuous, and considering that The Doctor’s attention would certainly be drawn to someone dressed as a monk, that particular name would hardly be his permanent one, would it?

        We now return you to normal programming…..

        • Paul Smith  October 30, 2012

          Why was he dressed as a monk in The Daleks’ Master Plan, then?

          • John Miller  October 30, 2012

            Sigh. He had only just left 1066 England, and hadn’t had time to change yet. The same way the TARDIS gang are still wearing their “The Crusades” clothes at the start of “The Space Museum”. The monk outfit also wouldn’t be conspicuous in Ancient Egypt.

            Seriously, though, is that the way certain’s peoples’ minds work? You know, how in a 90-minute movie which centres on 1 or 2 characters, there will be minor characters? There may be one person listed as “woman on bus” in the credits, who’s only in the movie for 25 seconds. But, believe it or not, that isn’t that character’s actual name. It’s just her one position when she appears briefly in a story centred around someone else. If her husband suggests going to dinner, her reply won’t be “Is the restaurant on a bus?” Because that’s where she is, THEN. Someone’s placement at one point in their life doesn’t define that person’s entire life.

          • Jazza1971  October 30, 2012

            I too can’t believe the way some peoples minds work. The last thread got closed to comments for the continuing of this argument, and so what do these people do? Do they realise that Neil doesn’t want threads hijacked with this on going discussion and leave it alone, or do they pig-headedly wait until the next story is posted up so they can continue from where they left off and thus end up getting another discussion thread closed? *sigh*

        • Nick Mays  October 30, 2012

          Coming soon, the renegade Time Lord known as…. The Banker!

          • John Miller  October 30, 2012

            Yes, the old DECA Gang back on Gallifrey had Honshu the Horse Box Man, Telemachus the Telephone Repairman, Mortimus the Monk, Abdul the Abjudicator, Barryanglenda the Banker, Commodus the Commissioner, Roj the Reverend, Plectrum the Plastics Salesman, Melvin the Melkur and Kalid. And only a complete %^#$ would suggest that ANY of them were actually The Master!

          • Wholahoop  October 30, 2012

            Or the Merchant

        • Wholahoop  October 30, 2012

          I believe I may have read somewhere that the actual Gallifreyan names would be unpronounceable to us mere mortals hence the adoption of more pronounceable monikers for our benefit.

          TBH I do not struggle with Theta Sigma unless that is another moniker which was actually The Tasigma perhaps, alhough why a timelord might name themselves after a small cageless cattery in Israel is beyond me

        • Wholahoop  October 30, 2012

          If I might interject here, as I have stated previously it was not my intention to offend with my facetious comment and as someone else correctly observed I was trying to make a joke of the nature of the discussion.

          Like I said, I promise not to mention this ever again as it is worse than any of the flamewars I ever experienced in RADW. It’s as if Yads is here, Solar Penguin please help, you are a RADW veteran

        • Wholahoop  October 30, 2012

          Could we just not agree to disagree and never mention this again?

      • solar penguin  October 30, 2012

        I wonder if Solon was actually the War Lord and only learned about Morbius from the War Chief…

        (Just kidding!)

        • Wholahoop  October 30, 2012

          That was not the help I was asking for!!!

          • solar penguin  October 30, 2012

            OK, you want serious help…

            It’s a pointless waste of time trying to play the Great Game with DW continuity. Sherlock Holmes fans can get away with it because Arthur Conan Doyle is conveniently dead and unable to add any new stories to the canon contradicting your theory that Irene Adler is Inspector Lestrade in drag (or whatever).

            But DW is unfortunately still a living, breathing canon, always changing, always evolving. There’s no point speculating or constructing over-elaborate fan theories, since eventually there’ll always be something, somewhere to contradict it. (And that goes for those writers who go out of their way to include their own theories in their own stories too.)

          • John Miller  October 30, 2012

            You” ll be saying it’s not real next!

          • John Williams  October 30, 2012

            Why don’t you all just stop hijacking the comments of every blog entry with this boring and pointless load of horseshit? Either shut up about it or fuck off somewhere else and talk about it there.

          • John Miller  October 30, 2012

            Language, Timothy.

          • solar penguin  October 30, 2012

            @John Williams. Look on the bright side. Because Neil skipped Shada, so far nobody’s noticed that Salyavin was the only prisoner ever to escape from the Time Lords’ prison, and the Master escaped from the Time Lords’ prison at the start of “Terror of the Autons”, thus proving that they’re the same character too…

            (Again, just kidding.)

          • John Miller  October 31, 2012

            Sorry… ๐Ÿ™‚

            But there’s a difference between the Season 17 Production Team(who freely admitted they didn’t know much of the continuity/lore in the first place) doing something like that…

            …and Tewwansh Dicksh/Robert Holmes/Malcolm Hulke creating identical backstories/motivations/etc. for The Master and The War Chief. The Doctor and The War Chief are the only two Time Lords ever to steal TARDISes and leave Gallifrey. When they meet they each know who the other MUST be, as they are the only two like that in the whole universe.. But then The Doctor and The Master are the only two Time Lords ever to steal TARDISes and leave Gallifrey. When they meet they each know who the other MUST be, as they are the only two like that in the whole universe. And The Master is deliberately coming after The Doctor, after The Doctor foiled his recent plan to raise an army and conquer the universe. Same writers, same shcwipt editah, and only 18 months or so apart. You could possibly make a case that Dicks/Holmes/Hulke simply didn’t know about “The Monk”, but certainly not The War Chief.

            As for the Awakening, hmmm, it’s a bit like that show with Joanna Lumley(you remember it…?), only not as good. It may have benefitted from extra episodes and more(some?) storyline…..

          • Neil Perryman  October 31, 2012

            You just can’t take a hint, can you?

            I hate doing this – it makes me look like a twat – but I’ve had enough. Again.

            In short, if you want to discuss this kind of stuff, please do it on Gallifrey Base, or better still, start your own blog.

            John M – every comment you post will now be held for moderation until this stops.

            As to everyone else, I’m sorry about this.

    • Frankymole  October 30, 2012

      Golden Egg Award rather than a Gotcha Oscar, methinks.

      • Wholahoop  October 30, 2012

        Ah good, you spotted the deliberate mistake *blush*

  15. Lewis  October 29, 2012

    It’s such a shame, too.

    It could’ve been used a lot more, and they could’ve had an actor-of-the-week or something.


    • John Miller  October 30, 2012

      You mean as the Malus?

  16. DamonD  October 29, 2012

    It’s harmless, and passable enough. I can’t bear it any Malus, to borrow your pun. It’s a bit like Black Orchid, if anything you can accuse it of being too cosy and not trying hard enough but it remains watchable comfort food for a quick two parts.

  17. John G  October 29, 2012

    Sue is absolutely right about this one, I think it would have worked much better over its original 4-part length. Hacked down by half, the plot is simply too rushed and hard to follow, and the story ends up feeling almost as throwaway and pointless as The King’s Demons. While the location and design work are very nice (Barry Newbery is up to his normal high standards in his last Who story), some of the acting is also a bit iffy, particularly Polly James who is annoyingly perky. I think Elizabeth “T-Bag” Estensen is the only Liver Bird who hasn’t appeared in Doctor Who – perhaps we could petition the Moff to give her a part and truly complete the set?

    I’m a bit surprised that Sue, with her eye for fashion, hasn’t noticed that Peter’s jumper has changed. I preferred the first one, I think – this one looks a bit too chunky. I did like Neil’s knowing responses to some of Sue’s comments, the Jason King one in particular! Hopefully Sue has a more enjoyable time watching Frontios – it will be fun to see how she reacts to the Tractators…

    • Frankymole  October 30, 2012

      Agreed. There’s no way you can develop a satisying Doctor Who story over a mere 45 minutes. (Though Blakes 7 did fairly well at it…)

      • James Coleman  October 30, 2012

        I would argue that you can, but only if you have a simple story and really make it about the characters (like, for example, The Doctor’s Wife, or The Girl Who Waited). The problem is that Who has always had its focus on creating compelling and interesting stories, and good characters are a bonus when they occur (Holmes excelled at this, of course). So when they condense and simplify the story, especially in the classic series, the whole serial is missing anything you can be particularly enamored by. A long story needs to be a great story, a short story needs great characters, and classic Who never really knew how to do the latter (at least, not on purpose).

        That said, in general I do prefer stories to be longer anyway. Give me a 90 minute epic like The Empty Child or The Satan Pit any day. Blockbusters like Steven Moffat was trying for this year, but at a proper blockbuster length.

        • Thomas  October 31, 2012

          Well, Whitaker’s two-parts were both fabulous, mostly down to that they were both character pieces.

          Classic Who could do great character stuff (as we saw a few years back and as we’ll see a few years forward), it’s just that it wasn’t their primary focus and the period where they adamantly tried to do it (the Davison years), they pretty much failed for the most part.

  18. Paul Mudie  October 29, 2012

    I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for this one. The story’s a bit weak but it has a nice atmosphere, makes great use of the village location and the acting is generally good. The Malus is a bit of a duff monster though.

  19. John Miller  October 29, 2012

    The other notable thing is that during the Hartnell/Troughton/Pertwee/T Baker era all Sue’s references are to things that came later, eg. Cybermen/Borg, Matrix/Matrix. But the Davison era references are all to things that existed before Tristan In Space. Doctor Who used to lead, and now it follows. Unless she means the remake of the Wicker Man. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jazza1971  October 29, 2012

      Except, of course, the crack in the wall…

  20. Jennie  October 29, 2012

    Ah yes. This is the one where the combination of the old man ghost and the crack in the wall in part one totally freaked me out. Mum decided that it I was spending so much time with my face buried in a cushion that I wasn’t really watching it and banned me from seeing the rest. I was 8:(

    (However, she also took me the Dr Who exhibition at Longleat and bought me The Five Doctors novel…..)

  21. Ollie  October 29, 2012

    Watched this for the first time last week. It has a very new series run around, easily kill the monster no point in every watching again quality to it.

  22. DPC  October 29, 2012

    Sue’s points really do sum it up perfectly…

    It’s another story that has all exposition, little time for atmosphere… all because it’s 2 mere episodes…

    It has a lot to offer, but nothing is really fleshed out. It deserved to be more…

    Especially as Will had some potential as a companion… Rather like Jamie in ways, if not too many ways…

  23. Jazza1971  October 29, 2012

    “Sue: Will he ask her if she was responsible for his daughterโ€™s death?” ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve always rather liked “The Awakening”. I would have been 12 when this was first shown and I remember being rather scared by the mini-Malus and also the beheading cavaliers.

  24. Auntie Celia  October 29, 2012

    Something of a trite little story I agree, mainly because the people in it are so uninspiring and unmemorable. I think the sets for the interior of the church are splendid! Small country churches, however beautiful, can be distinctly eerie places – my great friend Lally and I spent much of Saturday rubbing together in the nave of Kilpeck Church which has some Saxon carvings far more terrifying than the Malus!

  25. Melvin  October 29, 2012

    Davison’s explanation, “The Terileptils mine Tinclavic for more or less the exclusive use of the people of Hakol; that’s in the star system Rifta, you know,” is my all-time favourite Fifth Doctor line. It’s pretty perfectly Davison, and echoes of it can be heard in Tristan’s flirting about goats in the 1983 “All Creatures” special, which, when I first saw it, I assumed was a bit of self-parody, given that he was still playing the Doctor.

    You can see for yourself on youtube:
    from just about 1:02:00 through 1:05:55.

  26. Thomas  October 29, 2012

    This is one I quite like. Not my favorite Davison by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s got a fairly interesting/unique story and some fun bits throughout. Certainly the best of the two-parters (those of you saying it plods worse than King’s Demons are being silly).

  27. Nick Mays  October 29, 2012

    Have to agree with most of the comments here – a clever enough conceit, but horribly rushed and full of plot chasms. I liked the Sapphire & Steel like time glitches – something that Who has hardly ever done, with the two time periods bleeding into each other.

    If it had been a 3-parter it would have worked very well. It’s miles better than Warriors though, but both are a case of badly executed, mis-directed and rushed, shoddy production values.

    The novelisation fleshes things out quite well, even if Johnny Byrne thinks the Tardis doors can be battered down with enough force.

    • Thomas Bush  October 29, 2012

      That’s Eric Pringle, Nick. Pretty meh, as with all Davison 2-parters. Not fully fleshed out and no one to root for. FAIL.

      • Nick Mays  October 30, 2012

        Bugger! I meant Eric Pringle of course, Thomas.

        But yep… agreed. The Curse of the Two Parters….

        • Frankymole  October 30, 2012

          Dangerous to try to force the doors. You might disrupt the field [of] dimensions inside the Ship, hmmm?

          • Nick Mays  October 30, 2012

            Mmmmm yes. Then you’d have to use the Fornicator, yes…

  28. BWT  October 30, 2012

    If nothing else, this should be remembered for the disturbing scene where the roundhead loses his to three cavalier ghosts. Almost a Sapphire and Steel vibe to those two shots…

    • Wholahoop  October 30, 2012

      Agreed, that was for me well drawn out and as with the best special effects, the final cut (so to speak) being off screen

  29. solar penguin  October 30, 2012

    There’s not really much anyone can say about The Awakening other than, “I sort of like it a bit because it’s like Sapphire And Steel, only not as good.”

    So, Neil, please keep the continuity war comments going, because it’s slightly more interesting than reading everyone posting the variations on the same on-topic comment over and over again.