Friday, January 1, 2016

The Meddling Monk


The Meddling Monk

The Meddling Monk is an interesting serial, for this is the introduction of the pseudo historical.  A pseudo historical is when events in time can actually be altered, changed...messed with!  The Monk, played by Peter Butterworth, is quite delightful, for Butterworth plays the character with a charm that rivals that of the Doctor.  In this four part story, the Doctor's edges have definitely rounded out, yet I still find the Monk interesting from a story standpoint.  This is the first story where we find out that other people from the Doctor's home planet have a TARDIS.  And unlike the Doctor, other people from the Doctor's home world are not as trustworthy as our major protagonist.  

The Doctor displays a sense of duty, removing a key item from the Monk's TARDIS.  Although some might say that the Doctor is being hypocritical, since he has taken such actions that could influence the course of time, I believe that his hearts are in the right place.  Unlike the Monk, who was willing to take aim at the Viking Fleet for his own personal goals.

Yes, I believe this serial marks a fix point in time where this show decided to head in a direction where the show's actions, as far as history is concerned, could make a major tear in the fabric of time.








2 comments:

  1. Hi Ashford! Seeing as I started listening to SOG in the 30s (episode numbers not 1930s), I've decided to go back and listen from the start!

    Some nice insights here, some I'd never thought of. Another important thing about The Meddling Monk is that it is a major paradigm shift for the series. With Ian and Barbara gone, we're no longer "Lost in Time". The show now features three science fiction stars (people from the future) whose goal is primarily to help others, not move on as soon as is sensible. The Doctor is particularly adventurous, not only ready to put his coat over a Dalek (a well-known way to defeat them), but taking off on his own, working out the date, and following the clues right into the monastery.

    And right with you about Vicki, I'm a big fan. She's second only to Barbara as my favorite Hartnell companions.

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  2. And when I say "here", I mean episode 1. I'm not sure where to leave such comments.

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