All Of Time And Space: ‘Doctor Who’ Season Two

“One day I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in all your beliefs and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.”

You thought I’d forgotten about you, didn’t you? Well rest assured, nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, after a few scheduling setbacks (two conventions in as many months will do that to you), we’re back with another installment of ‘All of Time and Space,‘ a column dedicated to each season of the long running BBC series ‘Doctor Who.’ So settle in and join us as we now take a somewhat belated look at the second season of the series.

Originally broadcast from 1964 to 1965, this was a big year for ‘Doctor Who’. With Dalekmania sweeping the United Kingdom, the show’s future was, it seemed, assured. But as Bob Dylan wrote that very year, “the times they are a-changin’”. You see, not only does the show itself continue to come into its own throughout the season, but this year also saw the first of the now regular cast changes that have since become a hallmark of the series. By the time the season ends, the only familiar face (in front of the camera, at least) will be William Hartnell himself. That level of turnover has the potential to be a stumbling block for any show, never mind a low budget sci-fi serial in its sophomore year. Of course, we know the show was ultimately able to weather these changes (and the countless others that have come since), but how did it work at the time? More on that later.

This season holds the distinction of being by far the most complete season that ’60s ‘Who’ has to offer, with only two episodes currently missing from the BBC archive. Better yet, those two episodes belong to the same story (‘The Crusade’). How does it stack up to the series’ freshman year? Read on…

Planet of Giants

Due to a malfunction, the TARDIS doors begin to open before the ship fully materializes. Though he avoids explaining his concerns to Ian and Barbara, the Doctor is obviously rattled, a situation that is only exacerbated when the scanner monitor blows out. Exiting the TARDIS, the travelers split up, Barbara with the Doctor and Ian with Susan. As they explore a maze-like rock formation, the two groups find a number of giant creatures – ants, earthworms, and the like – all dead. As they find more obviously human artifacts, They realize that the TARDIS malfunction caused them to shrink to “roughly the size…

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