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There is a common held belief in some Doctor Who fan circles that any story that features the word ‘Time’ in the title is automatically bound to be terrible. Just look at the evidence, it practically speaks for itself; 'Timelash', 'Time and the Rani', 'The Trial of a Time Lord', 'Last of the Time Lords', 'The End of Time', f**kin’ 'Dimensions in Time'!!! I’ll stop there. There are a few notable exceptions to this unofficial rule. But 'Time-Flight' sure as hell is not one of them.
It represents the nadir of the Fifth Doctor’s entire era. Following on from the events of Earthshock, which featured the much beloved death of the much hated Adric, 'Time-Flight' sees the Doctor and his companions become mixed up in some nonsense about Concord planes disappearing. In all honesty I can hardly remember what the actual plot was or why the characters were doing what they were doing. No doubt my brain is doing me a favour by trying to suppress the entire horrible experience. But occasionally something ghastly manages to resurface.
Produced at the end of the season when everything was running on the loose change found down the back of the sofa in the BBC lounge, the effects work is diabolical, while the sets and costumes aren’t much better. The cast were exhausted by this point and couldn’t really be arsed anymore. They all just wanted to go on holiday.
And just when you think it can’t get any worse, Anthony Ainley shows up as the panto Master. Well, technically he’d been there all along, disguised as a fat, offensive oriental stereotype with a nasty skin condition. There is no practical purpose to this entire charade other than to provide the audience with a surprise shock that might just wake them out of their boredom.
Notes and Quotes
--With this story, Doctor Who became the first television series to be allowed to film at Heathrow Airport.
--Since he appears in episode two as an illusion, this story, rather than 'Earthshock', marks Matthew Waterhouse's final television appearance as Adric.
--No explanation is given for how the Master survived the ending of 'Castrovalva'. This will become a recurring feature of Ainley's Master.
The Doctor: (about the Concorde) "It's amazing."
The Doctor: "This thing is smaller on the inside than it is on the outside."
Nyssa: "Well, this is Earth. For once it's perfect camouflage."
Tegan: "This is the 1980s, Nyssa. Police box went out with flower power."
The Doctor: "It's times like this I wish I still had my scarf."
One out of four fat, offensives oriental stereotypes with nasty skin conditions.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.