Starring Jon Pertwee as The Doctor
with Katy Manning as Jo Grant
and featuring Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Richard Franklin as Captain Yates, John Levene as Sergeant Benton and Roger Delgado as The Master

60 Day of the Daleks

An entertaining story that actually does investigate time travel a little. The action scenes are flat (notably a woeful chase scene involving a trike, and the three Daleks advancing over a lawn), but a variety of bright characters, interesting discussions and neat plot-points keep it chugging along - despite the Doctor once again being a contemptible middlebrow show-off.


61 The Curse of Peladon

Pertwee's second jaunt away from Earth is slightly more successful, with the intrigue in the Peladon court working well and decent use of the Ice Warriors (try and avoid spoilers before seeing this one), and even the Doctor's bearable. David Troughton especially impresses, but there are an awful lot of scenes which just involve characters standing around and and talking tracts at others.


62 The Sea Devils

A partial remake of "The Silurians", though the more aggressive Sea Devils and the involvement of the Master takes the direction a different way. The excellent location footage and authentic feel helps a lot, though, and Malcolm Hulke once again provides a competent guest cast with some meaty roles. It does sag in places, but has enough memorable moments to compensate.


63 The Mutants

After a promising start to the season, straight back into the mire we go. A dull, preachy mess of a story, with Rick James and Paul Whitsun-Jones both battling for the worst performance in the show's history (James wins). The ending is obvious, the moral lessons are rammed home with sledgehammer subtlety and a complete lack of style.


64 The Time Monster

A complete car crash of a story. The script seems to think it's a genre-hopping spectacle, but it's really not, stringing together several idiotic plot threads with no aim for coherence or plausibility. It wouldn't be quite so bad if any of these were interesting or intelligent, or if there were any signs of characterisation, or even just life.