This is Tales From The TARDIS!
If you’ve been following along, or just happened to stumble across this thanks to Tumblr, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, Facebook and about a half dozen other social media sites… we are now at the half way point of the six part Keys To Marinus serial, The Screaming Jungle
The group ends up splitting up, with Ian, Sabetha and Altos looking for an entrance to an ancient temple, with Barbara and Susan staying near a plant covered archway, which Barbara (despite Ian’s instructions not too) chooses to investigate, she goes into the temple where she finds a statue which has the key. So in back to back episodes… Barbara is the one getting things done!
Oh so it seems… because when she takes hold of the key, the statue grabs her, wall turns and traps her on the other side. Think like those spinning bookcases you see in scary houses and such
In a moment of stupidity when the others realize she’s gone, it’s decided that if Barbara was in real danger, she would just use her travel dial to escape, but Ian (after nearing choking out Barbara last week), is skeptical, and wants to make sure she is safe. He tells the others to go on while he searches for a way to rescue Barbara, and his motivations are further justified when Sabetha notices the key Barbara found is fake.
Ian basically does what Barbara did and becomes trapped on the other side, where Barbara is in a bobby-trapped filled hallway. In a moment of bad-assery, Barbara saves him by shouting as a statue is about to bring the hammer… I mean ax down right where Ian is standing. See Barbara is the best companion, you wouldn’t see any Rose Tyler, Donna Noble or Martha Jones doing that, they’d just be like ‘frak it’.
However the day is saved, thanks to a bloke named Darrius, he stops the roof from crushing Barbara, but suspects her of being a Voord, and takes her dial to inspect it. Ian arrives… having escaped form his prison, and saves Darrius from another trap. Turns out all of these gimmicks were designed to fend off the Voord. Since he’s dying, and there probably wasn’t enough much of a budget to have him in the cast for the rest of the serial, Darrius tells Ian and Barbara where to find the key.
Following his instructions our heroes find a laboratory, and a safe… but it turns out what Darrius told them (DE302) isn’t the combination to open it….as they try to figure things out, Ian discovers Darrius’s research which was mutating the flora in the area, and it’s growing rapidly. With a bolt of inspiration, Ian realizes that the DE302 is not the combination for the safe, but are chemical symbols. He and Barbara find the next key in a jar, and escape. The episode ends with Ian and Barbara using the dials to jump to the next location where they are overwhelmed by the bitter, bone chilling cold.
Anyway this, like last week’s, tells what would normally be am hour long story by today’s standard in a shorter time frame (of about 24 minutes). It gets its point across of lets find the key and move on, while also focusing rather nicely on Barbara and Ian (who got a lot of the spotlight this week).
You may have notice as I was doing the rundown of this episode that there was no mention of the Doctor… well there was a reason for that, for William Hartnell was on holiday during the filming of this and next week’s episode…. Which is called the Snows of Terror.
So till next week, have yourselves a good one!