Episode 13: The Web Planet

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The Web Planet

Episode 13: The Web Planet
First Doctor
Companions: Barbara, Ian, Vicki
Written by Bill Strutton
Directed by Richard Martin
Wikipedia Entry

Installments
The Web Planet
The Zarbi
Escape to Danger
Crater of Needles
Invasion
The Centre

Description
After being forced to land on an unknown planet, the Doctor and his companions find themselves in a struggle for control between two waring alien races.

Evaluation
I honestly don’t know what was up with this episode. The sets were pushing taste and the plot lines seemed far too long. If this had been a four-part episode, I might have liked it but I felt bored throughout the entire sequences. Granted I’m saying all of these from a modern perspective. It might have been different for a six-week run. I just couldn’t get into the storyline.

I’m not happy that my review is small but this episode inspired nothing for me. This might change later when I have an opportunity to read the novelization. Apparently, according to the small featurete that I watched, the episodes were very popular with audiences. It also mentioned the poetry of the writing in this episode. This might be one of those cases in which I don’t fit the demographic for the intended audience.

Historical Notes
The ring the Doctor wear is a key to open the TARDIS doors when the power was out.