Doctor Who Project: The Keys of Marinus

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Now, now! Twist the dials!

The First Doctor and his companions, having left China behind, find themselves once more at the mercy of the wonky time mechanism in the TARDIS, arriving on a glass sand beach surrounded by acid seas. Over those seas and far away are the titular Keys of Marinus, four of which this fab foursome will be coerced into finding.

Much like the preceeding “Marco Polo,” Terry Nation’s “The Keys of Marinus” (Story Production Code E) is a sweeping epic of a story, stretching a simple “fetch and carry” plot over six episodes. Four Keys must be found, each in a different location on the planet Marinus and each accompanied by a different type of story. Finding the first Key involves psychological suspense, with a struggle to separate reality from illusion. And there are brains in jars.

Doctor Who 005 (1964) Hartnell - Keys Of Marinus4 on flickr.com by Père Ubu via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license

The second Key is in an overgrown laboratory with violent plant life, and in finding it, Ian and Barbara undergo a horror-type encounter with eerie whispering from creeping vines. To find the third Key, Ian, Susan, Barbara, and two new helpers run around a frozen waste in an action episode, fending off wolves, a burly trapper, and ice warriors who come to life when heated up. And the acquisition of the fourth Key requires solving a murder mystery that is nowhere near as puzzling as the very awkward jump between episodes four and five, when we go from Ian escaping the trapper’s hut to Ian being knocked out in a vault with no explanation.

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Delightful Dainty Daleks

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While Whovian fandom tries to come to terms with the revelation of the next Doctor, there’s one thing we can all agree on: that’s one adorable Dalek.

Toy site Action-Figure reports that British licensed toy company Character Options is bringing out a range of 2″ characters from the rebooted series, featuring the Tenth Doctor and a ton of adversaries. No companions or TARDIS in this initial offering of figures, strangely, but when you have a cute Cyberman like that, you can get away with many things.

I’m trying to de-clutter my life, but surely these small figures don’t count as clutter . . .

(via io9.com; image from Action-Figure)