Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tales From The TARDIS: The Singing Sands

This week's episode, The Singing Sands... aka part two of Marco Polo

Hello and Welcome To Tales From The TARDIS... which is recored from right here in The Basement!

Today we're going over part 2 of the Marco Polo, which is called... The Singing Sands Our heroes, The Doctor, Barbara, Ian, and Susan have joined up with Marco Polo and his group, and they are crossing the Gobi Desert... amazingly, no one has gotten sand in their shows, and The Doctor is... well acting like a child, which annoys Susan when he refuses to come out of his tent. Well... to be fair the Doctor does have a child-like sense of wonder about him in various incarnations.

Anyway, Susan is probably even more distressed than her grandfather, stressing her frustrations about being stuck on Earth rather than exploring through time and space. Considering what happens with her character in future stories, this stands out quite a bit. For those of you who may not know, Susan ends up being left behind by the Doctor on Earth following a Dalek Invasion, deeming it the best place for her. So one has to wonder just how things went for her after that happened... but we're getting way head of ourselves.

Susan, along with Ping-Cho (who gets caught up in the spirit of exploring) follows Tegana when he walks off the night.... and the three of them end up getting lost thanks to a sandstorm. This ends up tying into what happened in the previous episode, as Tegana was going to poison the groups water supply, but he is unable too. Instead he slices open the gourds of water to let the water run out. Rather devious while also making the best of a bad situation.

The journey ends up continuing regardless, mainly with Marco Polo insisting that they go forth, but things end up being pretty serious as days on by... and eventually Tegana is sent out to find an oasis... which he does he cries out for Marco to come for the water... while pouring some onto the sand, clearly a sign indicating he's not going to return to the group, and this is where the episode ends.

This episode... stands out primarily for Susan, as we get some great character moments from her that as I said, makes you think about her life when she leaves the TARDIS crew down the road. There is a nice scene of Marco and Ian playing chest... and we see Tegana's creativity when it comes to adapting to when things don't go his way.

However, it is very slow paced... and is a good example as to why the serials ended up with a standard of four episodes.

Also on the plus side, since I watch the Loose Cannon Productions reconstruction (as noted last week), the costumes and set designs were really well done, making the most of what they had on a budget.

Anyway, that wraps things up for this week, next part 3... Five Hundred Eyes

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