We have now finished reviewing all of Patrick Troughton’s – Second Doctor episodes, in the episodes section.
The idea of replacing the main character at the height of a show’s popularity, was a major risk for all concerned.Not least Troughton himself, who was required to follow in the footsteps of the extremely popular and out-going William Hartnell.
However, instead of backfiring. It infact become the catalyst for the next 23 years; allowing the ability to change the lead actor (and direction and tone of the show) – every 3 to 4 years.
Troughton set about taking his Doctor character in a completely different direction to his predecessor. Gone was the grumpy Grandad exterior of the First Doctor, replaced by the cooler younger 60’s dad who recounted parables – rather than answer a direct question.At producer Sydney Newman’s insistence, the Second Doctor was modelled as a “cosmic-hobo” – a cross between James Stewart and Charlie Chaplin. Given a 60’s Beatles-style mop-top, flute, stovepipe hat and the sonic screwdriver – even made it’s debut.
The Second Doctor began his tenure in a rather confused and forgetful state, in The Power of the Daleks. Unable to remember his identity, his situation or even how to pilot the Tardis.
This was the first time the “post-regeneration stress blues” made an appearance, although the term “regeneration” was not coined until the Pertwee era. Here, it was known as a “change of face”.Once the blues had subsided, the Doctor began to grow into his new character. This Doctor was less judgemental and more thoughtful, slightly less alien but still mysterious and more eccentric than before. With a new young energy and attitude to boot.
This Second Doctor didn’t travel with as many companions as other incarnations. This was mainly due to the Doctor deciding to keep Jamie McCrimmon, as his mainstay – for almost the full 3 year run.
The Doctor met and saved Jamie from the aftermath of the Battle Of Culloden, in The Highlanders. The Doctor originally travelled with First Doctor companions; Ben and Polly but they decided to leave – in The Faceless Ones.
Troughton himself – was insistent that he only commit to the show for 3 seasons/years only, due to his fear of being typecast. This was to be (bar Colin Baker) the minimum expected run; for all future incarnations.
The Doctor encountered the ever popular Daleks only twice in The Power of the Daleks and in the (almost) Dalek swansong; The Evil of the Daleks. The latter was intended to be the end of the Daleks, for good.However, it was the Cybermen who really came into their own – in the Troughton era, with a record 4 appearances; The Moonbase, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Wheel In Space and The Invasion.
Troughton’s era also signalled a breakaway from the pure historical Hartnell episodes and went for a more science fiction edge with plenty of aliens. Indeed, Troughton’s era is also known as the “Monster era”.
Other featured monsters, included the Troughton-synomous monsters; The Yeti. Who appeared in 2 story-linked adventures; The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear. The Ice Warriors also made an impact in The Ice Warriors and The Seeds of Death.Troughton era finally gave a name and face to the Doctor’s race, as he was brought home to Gallifrey for trial for his past crimes in The War Games.
Indeed, Troughton’s approach can be credited as the first truly modern basis for every portrayal of the Doctor. All subsequent actors in the role, credit Troughton as having influenced their own take on the character – to some degree. So, what was your favourite Troughton episode?
Season Four – 1966-67
The Power of the Daleks (missing)🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪
The Highlanders (missing)🔵🔵🔵🔘⚪
The Underwater Menace (parts 1 & 4 missing)🔴⚪⚪⚪⚪
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The Macra Terror (missing)🔵🔵🔵🔘⚪
The Faceless Ones (parts 2, 4 & 6 missing)🔵🔵🔵🔘⚪
The Evil Of The Daleks (parts 1, 3 & 7 missing)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Season Five – 1967-68
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The Abominable Snowmen (parts 1, 3 & 6 missing)🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪
The Ice Warriors (parts 2 & 3 missing)🔵🔵🔵🔵⚪
The Enemy of the World🔵🔵🔵🔘⚪
The Web of Fear (part 3 missing)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fury from the Deep (missing)🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪
The Wheel In Space (parts 1, 2, 4 & 5 missing)🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪
Season Six – 1968-69
Season Ten – 1973
The Three Doctors⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Season Twenty – 1983
The Five Doctors⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Season Twenty Two – 1985
The Two Doctors🔵🔵🔵🔵⚪