Fasten your seatbelt it’s going to be a rough ride.
Time-Flight Part One
Time-Flight isn’t all that bad for the first twenty-minutes. It is actually quite interesting as first we see a Concorde go missing and then later on another Concorde also goes missing after repeating the last known movements of the first concorde. However this time the second Concorde had the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and the TARDIS on board.
Then from the moment they land on prehistoric earth it all goes tits up and starts getting very silly indeed with a rather laughable cliffhanger and a really badly made up Anthony Ainley playing the rather bizarre Kalid.
I can’t see how anybody was fooled by this disguise, it was even worse than the one in Castrovalva, at least that one was a bit more believable, but in this one you could tell it was the Master from the word go. I am not sure that it even fooled me at the time when I would have been 7 years old.
This story was set directly after the events in Earthshock with Tegan and Nyssa both still upset over Adric’s death and demanding that the Doctor go back in time and rescue Adric from the freighter but the Doctor insists that it can’t be done and, luckily for the Doctor, both Nyssa and Tegan buy it and pretty soon they carry on as if nothing had happened, so they can’t have been all that upset, can they?
The problem is we just don’t care.
Time-Flight Part Two
It doesn’t get any better in part two I am afraid. I do find the problem with a lot of Davison stories, particularily the earlier ones is that it takes till the end of the second episode to get to the point of the story and for the most part the majority of the first two episodes are just superfluous padding. About the only time this doesn’t happen is in the two part stories.
I think that the main problem is the writing really. Some of the stories just seem to take an age to get going and this is one of the worst culprits for that.
In this episode a lot of it is spent with Tegan and Nyssa wandering around corridors and the Doctor pretty much doing the same.
At the close of the episode the plot finally arrives and we are supposed to be surprised that Kalid is the Master in disguise. No shit Sherlock. I never would have guessed that in a million years.
The Master? Really?
I don’t believe it!