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

65 The Three Doctors

What should have been a celebration is something of an ordeal. Pertwee is surprisingly good, Troughton is excellent and John Levene excels in a larger role. The plot isn't bad, but the thing is just so tacky, Stephen Thorne does his usual shouty rubbish and both Jo and the Brigadier take stupidity to new levels. A gaudy waste of potential.


66 Carnival of Monsters

There's life in the old dog yet, as Robert Holmes' neat, witty script (his first to move from good to notably excellent) brings out the best in everyone. Only the Doctor bullying the hapless Andrews really gets in the way; otherwise the characters are engaging, the dialogue is entertaining and the plot is well handled. Jolly good stuff, all in all.


67 Frontier in Space

A glacial but strangely mesmerising space opera which does well to flesh out two empires and an interesting cold war parallel unfolds nicely, despite some preposterous padding. However, the rushed switch to the Daleks destroys the steady background (it doesn't even link up with the following story particularly cleanly) and the thing just sort of stops. Not a very good send-off for Roger Delgado at all.


68 Planet of the Daleks

Doctor Who by numbers, as Terry Nation updates "The Daleks" with a number of other stock set-pieces grafted on. The usual cycle of lame escapes, dull cyphers, cheap deaths and dodgy sets. Even the Daleks themselves are utterly rubbish. Katy Manning does a good job of carrying the start of the story, though.


69 The Green Death

The season ends on a high, with one of the best Pertwee stories. The Doctor only needs a slap a couple of times, something of a record low, and Jo Grant completes the steady climb to sentience began in "Carnival of Monsters". UNIT are back on form, and even the environmental message isn't too heavy-handed, partly through the charming, zealous Professor Jones. BOSS is a great villain too.