Classic Rewatch: The Ambassadors of Death

The Ambassadors of Death

♬ Just sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a trip to Mars
You’d better clear some time, we warn
It’s told in seven parts.
Some astronauts went missing, and
When UNIT gets involved
They call upon the Doc and Liz
And things quickly devolve. ♬

This week, we find the diamonds in the radioactive rough that is the Third Doctor story, “The Ambassadors of Death”. Liz Shaw shines, the Doctor demonstrates his ability to merge science with magic and (a dash of secret-agent-man), and Bessie becomes the go-to transportation for more characters than ever before…possibly since. We are reminded of the perils familiar to the late 1950s serial The Quartermass Experiment, and the fact that space suits are inherently creepy-looking outfits (something that Doctor Who chooses to remind us of regularly, as in the Vashta Nerada, the Impossible Astronaut…)

Bonus Segment: Keir and Haley play a bit of “This Week In Whovian History”.

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