“Envy is the beginning of all true greatness.”
‘They will see us waving from such great heights, “Come down now”, they’ll say.’
At long last, our enjoyment of the Fourth Doctor era in our rewatch of “classic” Doctor Who stories comes to a close with the final story of the 18th season. We see a distinct upswing in Tom Baker’s energy and enthusiasm in his final performance, possibly a swan song (no, that’s not a fall joke…or maybe it is) to see his tenure out with the gravitas we would expect. But it’s Ainley’s first full performance as The Master that really wins us all, from his crafty, giddy, all-according-to-plan highs, to his baffled, this-cannot-be-happening-to-me lows.
Tegan’s introduction and incorporation into the companion set is legendary, and while some of us feel the melding of a TARDIS trio in the final moments of a Doctor’s iteration is a little distracting, we can all agree on the enjoyable balance of character strengths and weaknesses that has been established.
(Oh, and Haley can now honestly tell people she has seen the Fifth Doctor in a story. Box: ticked!)