Lethal bubble baths, homicidal seaweed and the first appearance of the Sonic Screwdriver
This entirely missing six-episode serial sees the Second Doctor and his (still) two companions Jamie and Victoria arrive in – guess where – England. In fact, they even remark on it in the opening scenes.
So they’re back, and once again there’s a monstrous menace threatening the safety of mankind. This time it’s seaweed –indiscriminately lethal, unapologetically megalomaniac, poisonous gas exuding, (potentially) toxic foam producing seaweed, to be precise.
Much like the Varga before and the Krynoids later on, this seaweed creature also has the power to infect humans and turn them into sentient plant life.
Marvellously suspenseful scenes, a terrific Troughton and the introduction of the Sonic Screwdriver are among the highlights. Awful pacing and an annoying Victoria are among the low points.
Victoria actually leaves the show at the end of this serial. Put that in either category; I won’t judge.
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