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The Enemy of the World

Production Code: PP

First Transmitted

1 - 23/12/1967 17:25

2 - 30/12/1967 17:25

3 - 06/01/1968 17:25

4 - 13/01/1968 17:25

5 - 20/01/1968 17:25

6 - 27/01/1968 17:25

Plot

The time travellers arrive in Australia in the near future and learn from a man named Giles Kent that the Doctor is the physical double of Salamander, a scientist and politician who has discovered a means of storing and distributing solar energy and thus ending starvation in a world ravaged by earthquakes, floods and the like.

Most people see Salamander as a hero, but Kent and others believe him to be establishing himself as a dictator. The Doctor uncovers the truth by impersonating Salamander and gaining access to his research station. Salamander and Kent were originally working together. Almost five years ago, they convinced a group of people undergoing an endurance test in a bunker beneath the station that a war had broken out on the surface.

It is these people, led by a man named Swann, who - deceived into thinking that they are striking back against an evil enemy - have been engineering the so-called natural disasters. Kent, now exposed as a traitor, blows up the station. Salamander meanwhile tries to escape in the TARDIS by impersonating the Doctor. He neglects to close the doors before dematerialisation, however, and is sucked out into the vortex.

Episode Endings

Salamander's security chief Bruce enters Kent's office with an armed guard. He directs the guard to open the door to an inner room. Salamander - or could it possibly be the Doctor impersonating him? - emerges and asks Bruce what he is doing there.

Salamander orders that Denes, the Controller of the European Zone, be arrested for traitorous incompetence. Denes appeals to his deputy, Fedorin, for support. Salamander, however, reveals that Fedorin is to be the chief witness at Denes's trial. Wracked by guilt, Fedorin turns away...

Bruce tells Salamander that he saw him in Kent's officer. Salamander retorts that he hasn't seen Kent in months. 'It was you,' insists Bruce. 'Or... someone like you.'

The Doctor is with Kent and his assistant Astrid in the caravan overlooking Salamander's research station. Suddenly Bruce enters with an armed guard and confronts the Doctor.

A badly injured Swann tells Astrid that it was Salamander who attacked him, and that the attack took place below ground.

Salamander is sucked out through the open TARDIS doors and into the vortex as the Doctor and his companions struggle to save themselves from the same fate.

Roots

The Prisoner of Zenda.

1984.

The Avengers (Astrid's fighting style and costume.)

Our Man Flint

The Man from UNCLE's 'The Cherry Blossom Affair'.

The Doctor plays 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' again (see The Abominable Snowmen).

Dialogue Triumphs

Victoria : "Perhaps we've landed in a world of madmen?"

The Doctor : "They're human beings, if that's what you mean."

The Doctor : "People spend all their time making nice things, and then other people come along and break them."

Griffin, the Chef : Dinner tonight's going to be a national disaster! First course interrupted by bomb explosion. Second course affected by earthquakes. Third course ruined by interference in the kitchen. I'm going out for a walk. It'll probably rain...

Astrid : "I suggested that we meet under a disused jetty by the river."

The Doctor : "Disused Yeti?"

Double Entendre

Bruce : [Asks about Salamander's sojourns to the Records Room] "What sort of records has he got down there?"

Continuity

Victoria likes Kaiser pudding, which she used to have at home, but can't cook. The Doctor can mimic voices and identify dialects.

Location

Australia, around Cape Melville, including the Cedar district and Kanowa, 200 miles away.

Somewhere in Central Europe, near the Eperjet Tokyar mountains, [21st cenury?]

Future History

The World Zones Organisation runs the world, divided as it is into large zones, including Central Asian, Arctic, European, and Central European. Regular conferences on dwindling world resources are held in Geneva, but Salamander's satellite energy technology has resulted in corn in Siberia and vineyards in Alaska.

Hovercraft, helicopters and intercontinental rocket transport are all commonplace. Public telephones and holiday liners still exist. War between countries is a thing of the past, but this didn't look so likely five years previously.

Links

Trivia

Patrick Troughton's son David appears as an extra in episodes 5 and 6

Episode 3 features no reprise from Episode 2

Neither Deborah Watling nor Frazer Hines appear in Episode 4, as they were on holiday during the week when it was recorded.

Dramatic scenes occur at the end of Episode 6 in which, courtesy of trick photography, the Doctor and Salamander are seen on screen together.

Goofs

There's another slow TARDIS landing sound.

The serial is so under budget that Denes is kept prisoner in a corridor. 'It's easier to guard him here,' claims the guard. In episode five, Bruce similarly notes 'You don't really believe I came here with just one guard, do you?'.

In episode three, Benik completely fails to destroy Kent's portrait.

Fashion Victim

The guards' silly helmets.

Salamander's bullfighter look.

Jamie's kinky rubber guard jacket.

Cast & Crew

Cast

The Doctor - Patrick Troughton

Jamie - Frazer Hines

Victoria - Deborah Watling

Anton - Henry Stamper

Astrid - Mary Peach

Benik - Milton Johns

Colin - Adam Verney

Curly - Simon Cain

Denes - George Pravda

Donald Bruce - Colin Douglas

Fariah - Carmen Munroe

Fedorin - David Nettheim

Fighting Guard - Bob Anderson

Giles Kent - Bill Kerr

Griffin, the Chef - Reg Lye

Guard Captain - Gordon Faith

Guard Captain - Elliott Cairnes

Guard in Caravan - Dibbs Mather

Guard in Corridor - William McGuirk

Guard on Denes - Bill Lyons

Mary - Margaret Hickey

Rod - Rhys McConnochie

Salamander - Patrick Troughton Patrick Troughton was credited on Episodes 2 to 6 as playing 'Dr. Who Salamander'. He also appeared as Salamander in Episode 1, but was credited only as 'Dr Who'

Sergeant to Benik - Andrew Staines

Swann - Christopher Burgess

Crew

Director - Barry Letts

Assistant Floor Manager - Edwina Verner

Costumes - Martin Baugh

Designer - Christopher Pemsel

Film Cameraman - Fred Hamilton

Film Editor - Philip Barnikel

Incidental Music - stock

Make-Up - Sylvia James

Producer - Innes Lloyd

Production Assistant - Martin Lisemore

Special Sounds - Brian Hodgson

Story Editor - Peter Bryant

Studio Lighting - Howard King

Studio Sound - Tony Millier

Title Music - Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire

Writer - David Whitaker

Bottom Line - from The Discontinuity Guide

Griffin the chef is wonderful - it's a pity we don't see more of this most ordinary person in Doctor Who - and Benik is the campest character in Who, a much more contested award. The story is edited really badly, so characters leap from scene to scene interrupting each other. Troughton's fun villainy apart, it all feels rather irrelevant.

Analysis - from Doctor Who, the Television Companion

'Doctor Who meets James Bond?' mused David Gibbs in Star Begotten Vol. 4 No.1, dated May 1990. 'Hardly. Not on a BBC budget. And yet one has the suspicion that David Whitaker had this in mind all along. Salamander is definitely a graduate of the Blofeld school of villainy, with perhaps just a touch of Scaramanga about him. Many of the plot devices are pure 007 [and] the whole format seems to be leaning that way. Jamie is presented as a Bond substitute (incredible, but true!), with his two lovely female sidekicks, Victoria (the Moneypenny type) and Astrid (the leggy beauty with the lethal kick). The intrigue and plot complexity, not to mention the humour and the general feel, closely resemble numerous Fleming tales, or perhaps more specifically the films.'

'The first thing to be admitted is that this story has very little to do with Doctor Who in the mid-sixties...' agreed Thomas Patrickson in Cloister Bell 10/11, dated March 1985. 'But is there really anything so dreadful in having such a serial? In a season so full of monsters, it was surely a good idea to pause for breath and replace a new monster with an ingenious new idea - that of Salamander.... [And] we are given a range of locations unparalleled in Earth Doctor Who stories... All right, so we know that Australia was actually Littlehampton... and that Hungary was firmly based in Shepherds Bush, but the pure strength and excitement of the scripts more than compensate for that.'

The scripts are indeed quite good, given the limitations within which they have to work, and feature some typically sparkling David Whitaker dialogue. Jamie and Victoria are admittedly seen to act somewhat out of character - giving the impression that, for the sake of the plot, they have been shoe-horned into roles for which they are not really suited - but there is some good material for the Doctor and, as Patrickson noted, Troughton's dual role is very well handled: 'The dual role was a real field day for Troughton... Playing the lovable clown must have palled somewhat [by this point], and it is obvious from his acting that it was nice to play the smooth, deceptive villain for a change.

Particularly memorable is the scene at the end of the story in which Salamander is sucked into the time vortex through the open TARDIS doors. 'The whole story builds up to an explosive climax with some chilling laughter from Pat [Troughton] as the murderous villain, and all ending with a battle of wits aboard the TARDIS,' enthused Chris Marton in Wheel in Space No. 10, dated August 1980.

In the final analysis, despite attracting some favourable comments, The Enemy of the World must still be considered the weakest story of the fifth season, and one so markedly different in style from the others - most obviously in its lack of alien monsters - that it really sticks out like a sore thumb.

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This episode guide is made up of the text of The Discontinuity Guide by Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping, and Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker.

The Discontinuity Guide © Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping 1995.
Doctor Who: The Television Companion © David J Howe and Stephen James Walker 1998, 2003.



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