Just two more stories in the Troughton Era, and each of them is significant in a major way. First will be The Space Pirates, significant as it is the final incomplete story. Following this Robert Holmes-penned adventure, every story is complete (Shada aside, I’m ignoring it for now). After The Space Pirates, we will have the Second Doctor’s ten-part finale The War Games. As mentioned before, I often wish I didn’t have foreknowledge for Doctor Who. I would love the end to be a surprise. But enough lamenting on this for now; what do I have to share today?
I have wanted this blog to be a journey. However, I feel that since I dropped the episodic format, the blog has become more review-based. This isn’t a bad thing, just not what I had originally hoped for. As such, I may be changing things up a slight bit and commenting on stories as I view them rather than after. And it is The Space Pirates which has inspired this new direction. I have listened to episode 1 one-and-a-half times thus far—the half was due to falling asleep mid-way through—and still find it a bit dull. This story is written by Robert Holmes; it should be better than this! But, like The Krotons, this story lacks his trademark humor and many of the other traits that mark his style. Maybe if part one still existed and I could see some movement things would be different. Thankfully, episode two exists. I look forward to getting some visuals locked firmly in my mind before getting too far in the story.
Has anyone seen (well, listened to) The Space Pirates? What do you think of it?