Which One : Troughton’s double turn.
Cast : The Doctor/Salamander : Patrick Troughton
Jamie : Frazer Hines
Victoria : Deborah Watling
Giles Kent : Bill Kerr
Astrid Ferrer : Mary Peach
Donald Bruce : Colin Douglas
Denes : George Pravda
Fedorin : David Nettheim
Benik : Milton Johns
Anton : Henry Stamper
Rod : Rhys McConnochie
Curly : Simon Cain
Fariah : Carmen Munroe
Griffin : Reg Lye
Swann : Christopher Burgess
Colin : Adam Verney
Mary : Margaret Hickey
Written By : David Whittaker
Produced By : Innes Lloyd
First UK Broadcast : 23 December 1967 – 27 January 1968 .
Length : 6 x 25 minute parts.
Plot : The Doctor attempts a trip to the beach but is mistaken for a despotic world leader, called Salamander (whom he bears a striking resemblance to!). The Doctor is then drawn into a plot to impersonate Salamander.
Whats good : Memorably camp James Bond/Man From Uncle/The Avengers influenced number. Troughton gets to play an evil double of the Doctor. Jamie.
Whats bad : The bizarre camp edge to this won’t suit the Who purists. Victoria. That the entire episode was presumed lost until 2013 due to Beeb wiping policy.
Review With Spoilers : The Enemy Of The World is the 4th episode of season 5 and hit the headlines in 2013 when the whole episode was rediscovered, (having previously been missing) on old film canisters from a Nigerian TV studio – along with an incomplete Web Of Fear.
The Doctor takes Jamie and Victoria to a future Australian beach in the “Australasia Zone”, where they are attacked by guards in a hover craft.
The Doctor learns this was because he uncannily resembles ‘Salamander’ – a prestigious but despotic world leader of South American descent.
The Enemy Of The World is a strange tale indeed, part-James Bond, part-Man From Uncle; with a healthy dose of The Avengers. It doesn’t feel like an episode of Who but that is either it’s biggest pro or it’s biggest con.
It is nice to see Troughton get an opportunity to show he has serious range, by playing the quietly cool and kniving Salamander – as well as the Doctor.
“Perhaps we’ve landed in a world of mad men!?” Victoria
“They’re human beings, if that’s what you mean. Indulging their favourite past time – trying to destroy each other!” The Doctor
Jamie gets a good action turn in this, who goes undercover to infiltrate Salamander’s organisation but other companion Victoria is strangely subdued and a bit wooden.
The Enemy Of The World is not going to suit all of the fans, especially not the bread-and-butter Sci Fi purists – who were generally blessed in the Troughton “monster” era.
That said, I for one am glad that The Enemy Of The World was re-discovered, as it reminds us that a show like Who did occaisionally take risks – with the format, whilst homaging all of the other political intrigue and spy thrillers of the 1960s.
It’s standout moment, has to be when an injured Salamander slips aboard the Tardis and impersonates the Doctor (an about turn on the Doctor impersonating Salamander all the way through. Before the duo have a scuffle, resulting in Salamander falling out of the Tardis to his death.
The Enemy Of The World is an interesting and fun Who nod to the political spy thriller, with the added bonus of a memorable villain also played by the lead actor.
The Enemy Of The World has dated, in line with all of the spy thrillers of the day but that remains part of it’s continuing and enduring quintessential British charm.