Loose Cannon Production 15
The Enemy Of The World
"People spend all their time making nice things,
and then other people come along and break them"

     
BBC Production Details
Production Code: PP
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 23rd December 1967 -
Saturday 27th January 1968
Season: 5
Number of Episodes: 6
Writer: David Whitaker
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Barry Letts
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: March 2001
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,2,4,5,6
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps (except episode 4)
Audio recorded by Graham Strong & David Holman
  No clips exist for this story
Other authentic pictures
  Composite pictures
Pictures from other stories / sources
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E180
USA / Canada: T160
     

Bonus Material

As well as the reconstruction we are able to bring you the following goodies…

 

Celebrity Introduction

Special introduction by Mary Peach (Astrid Ferrier). Learn more about Mary's work in our Hall of Fame...

 

Special Note:  

Let's be clear about this. The BBC have released a wonderful DVD called "Doctor Who: Lost in Time" which features the surviving episode of this story lovingly restored. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY we will be issuing copies of these with the recon, nor (whilst we're at it) will we ever make the recon episodes available in any format other than VHS.
Loose Cannon fully support the BBC and suggest you purchase the official BBC video release to complement our reconstruction.

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Loose Cannon Says:

The Enemy of the World is a conventional telesnap style recon with only a few minor differences. The existence of episode three allowed us to take screen captures to supplement the available telesnaps. For some reason John Cura did not telesnap episode four of this story. This meant that a bit more effort was required for this episode to create composites and use other telesnaps to represent the action.

Exclusive material for this reconstruction included a variety of set shots of the underground shelter which have been incorporated into the episodes and which form the background of some of the new composites.

We were delighted when actress Mary Peach agreed to spare some time to film an introduction for us. Her character, Astrid Ferrier, appears as a leading part in each episode. Mary provides some delightful personal recollections from her time on Dr Who plus some other linking material.

Synopsis:

Arriving on an Australian beach the time travellers are attacked by three men. They are ten rescued by a helicopter pilot called Astrid. Her boss, Giles Kent, explains that the Doctor is the doppleganger of Salamander, a man who pretends to be the world's benefactor through his inventions but is in fact planning to seize control.

Jamie and Victoria infiltrate Salamander's retinue while the Doctor meets the security chief Benik, a sadistic thug.

With the help of Donald Bruce the Doctor attempts to expose Salamander once and for all, but it transpires that Salamander isn't the only one whose self interest is greater than the interest in world security...

Reviews:

Review by Dan Squire

I'm new to Doctor Who recons, and this is one of the first ones I watched. I've been interested in this story since watching the existing episode three on the "Troughton Years" video. I liked the idea of Troughton playing the bad guy as well as the Doctor, and I guess every show eventually resorts to some kind of "Evil Twin" story.

The story itself is designed to keep the viewer guessing as to who is a good guy, and who is a bad guy. Troughton plays Salamander, a scientist helping feed the world by using satellites to direct sunlight to those parts of the world that need it most. He can also predict impending natural disasters, but some people think he is actually causing them as part of an effort to take over the world. The Doctor is a dead ringer for Salamander, and those in opposition try to enlist him to help expose the truth about the would-be-dictator. Troughton plays Salamander with restrained menace, and then changes his performance when the Doctor is impersonating Salamander, making it obvious that the Doctor is not entirely comfortable with the charade. The change is minimal, but noticeable, and it's a real credit to Troughton's acting ability to be able to make such subtle character changes.

This story is looked upon less than favorably in some circles, but after seeing this recon I felt it had a lot going for it, and I enjoyed it very much.

Now to the recon itself. The Loose Cannon team have done a great job in bringing this story back to life. Mary Peach who plays Astrid in the story provides a very nice introduction. The story moves along swiftly using various still, and even some video images. The pictures are clear, as is the audio, making the whole thing very watchable and easy to follow. No telesnaps exist for episode four, but it makes almost no difference, using screen grabs and other source material, episode four blends in with the rest of the recon perfectly. The plot embellishments which pop up on screen, or scroll across the bottom, are helpful, and are there and gone with enough time to read them without staying on screen too long.

Overall I would say it's a good story, with a lot of style, a good musical score, and a few surprises, and the recon by Loose Cannon is first rate!!

 
Review by Frank Dana

This marvellous recon is vintage Rick Brindell. No computer animation. No specially recorded segments - just a straightforward reconstruction of the missing episodes. Only episode 3 is known to exist, and episode 4 is missing the telesnaps. This had to be reconstructed with publicity stills, pre-production photos, and telesnaps from previous episodes. Rick even included a helicopter sequence from...????? Great work. The audio is clear, and Rick did a excellent job matching scene changes with the dialog.

Patrick Troughton shows his great acting abilities by playing a dual role. That of the Doctor and the evil Salamander. Not only does he take on a different personality, he also uses different facial expressions and speech inflections. It's easy to see why he was chosen to play the ill-fated priest in the classic The Omen. The recorded interview with Mary Peach, who played Astrid the helicopter pilot was also well done. The Enemy of the World is another Loose Cannon recon that is a "must have."

 

Review by Pat Lynch

This is a fairly conventional Loose Cannon recon. Conventional in the sense that it uses telesnaps to drive the story along. Except, that is, for episode three which still exists, and episode four which has no telesnaps available (not that you'd ever know, frankly).

Largely speaking, this is not a popular story in fan circles. There are a variety of reasons for this. The existing episode does not stand up terribly well on it's own. There is, perhaps, an element of padding in it. One does need to see it within the whole story. Also this story was broadcast in what is commonly known as the 'Monster Season', however it features no monsters whatsoever, so on the surface it may seem less exciting than the stories surrounding it. Of course the main reason for its apparent popularity can only be that not enough people have seen Loose Cannon's excellent reconstruction of it!

It is, in short, marvellous! It's a great story, full of intrigue, double-dealing and one of the best villains the series has ever seen, Salamander. The fact that Salamander is played by Patrick Troughton is just the icing on the cake. It is an absolutely chilling performance by Troughton. He exudes evil in every line. He also has the one element that the best Who baddies always possess - charm. Delgado's Master, Julian Glover's Scarlioni, they all had that disarming charm, underpinned with the most dark, immoral side. Patrick Troughton seems to enjoy playing Salamander in the same way that William Hartnell loved to appear in the more comedic stories.

The audio and telesnaps are crystal clear, the action always easy to follow. The composites and other material used for episode four are faultless. The only difficulty perhaps being the scenes when Salamander first visits the underground shelter. There is a greater use of captions for this section because the visuals just can't convey what is actually happening. None of this detracts from what is a fabulous job.

I hope more people order this recon, because it is a much better story than some would think. I think the most exciting thing about Loose Cannon is that they are returning these stories to the fans. Suddenly we can reappraise these forgotten gems.

It's ironic, isn't it? These tapes are distributed free, and the work Rick, Dean & Derek are doing is priceless.

 

Review by Shaun Reid

The Enemy of the World was a nice change of pace during the 'Monster' season. A tense political thriller.
With Troughton beng allowed to stretch his acting muscles playing Salamander, what could have been played for laughs was a well thought out story.

Until I found about the lack of images for episode 4, I had never noticed.

For me, Enemy is one of the best Troughton storys around.

 

Review by Peter Huxley

The strength of Season 5 and the abundance of monsters in the Troughton era has sadly led to the neglect of this excellent story. Just to set the record straight, it's not a dull plodding political thriller, as many who have only seen the, admittedly weak, surviving episode 3 (with the appalling kitchen scene), would claim, but one of the most chilling tales in the entire canon.

Contrary to popular belief, there is a monster; he just happens to be the Doctor's evil doppelganger,a device which emphasises the enormity of his crimes against humanity.

Loose Canon have, as usual, done an exemplary job in recreating a story in great need of reassessment with crystal clear audio and wonderful telesnaps and composites. However, for the sake of historical record, I must mention one sad omission. Since no telesnaps exist for episode 4, there is no visual record of Salamander's underground transporter. This is the one scene which remains vividly in my memory,and was probably the most impressive moment of the story. However, only people as old as me would notice its omission !

 

Review by Jeremy Morrow

Excellent recon. I have to echo Pat Lynch's comment that you'd never know telesnaps were missing for episode four. Excellent use of promotional shots as well as location footage (the colour stuff with the exploding helicopters translated into black and white, really nice touch).

Don't let anybody sway you - this is a great story. It's place in the Troughton era reminds me of Pertwee stories like The Green Death or The Mutants. It takes the Doctor away from straight up monster action and makes a political statement. The wisecracking cook left a little bit to be desired, but it's pretty much the only small thing that bothered me. The rest of it is top notch.

 

Review by Stuart Palmer

People often criticize Enemy of the World for what it's not, which is rather like criticizing an elephant for not being a swan. What Enemy isn't is a James Bond thriller. It has a few of the trappings (helicopters, underground bases and power-mad dictators) but it plays more like an historical, only set in the future. Taken for what it is, it's a highly enjoyable adventure let down only slighly by a rushed last episode and a 5th episode that seems to last for an eternity!

The recon is top notch, with clever use of film footage to heighten the drama in the first episode. You really wouldn't know no photos exist for the fourth episode, it plays so well. Mary Peach's intro and outro doesn't really add that much and feels less well done than similar examples on Mission and Galaxy Four, and she even fluffs her lines on the outro ("the Troughton area" indeed!)but it does add an extra touch to a first class production. I managed to watch the whole thing in a single sitting. I can't even manage that of some of the moving stories!

Oh, and lay off the moaning cook. I thought he was great!

 

Review by Daniel Boudreault

I consider the surviving episode of this story one of the worst surviving episodes of Patrick Troughton era. So I was greatly surprised to find that the other episodes were much better than the surviving episode. That means those who have only seen the surviving portion have a treat in story for them for all the missing episodes are much better than the surviving episode.

Great reconstruction. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Thanks Loose Cannon.

 

Review by Terry Lollar

Once again a great job restoring the episodes. One of the best yet. I really loved the bonus music video joining The Kinks and Spearhead from Space footage. It was a HOOT! The Troughton Years only gave a hint what a great story this was. Thanks for all the work at getting the bonus material for the recons. Ya'll do good work!

 

Review by John Smith

Brilliant.Absolutley brilliant. It was a terrific recon matched with an equally good story line. You would never had guessed that there were no telesnaps of episode 4. Seeing Patrick Throughton playing two charactars was a good idea and it was a change to the usual "fighting a monster" story.
RECON:4/5
STORY:4/5
P.S. Keep up the good work!

 

Review by Daniel Povey-Garman

This is a great recon. It was the first one I watched. It was a good recon with a good story line to match. It had a variety of telesnaps. (Shame about the amount of clips that have survived of this story but you can't have everything.)
RECON: 8/10
STORY: 8/10

 

Review by GB Treacy

A great story and great recon! It's a testament to the consummate skill of Patrick Troughton, perhaps the finest actor among all the Doctors, that his matchless presence shines through even the static, occasionally blurry telesnaps. And he plays Salamander with a passion that hints at why Troughton left the series after a comparatively short run - he was, first and foremost, a character actor, with the Doctor one among many finely realized roles. His egomania and easygoing villainy as Salamander are at least as convincing as his sweet clowning as the Doctor. Can you imagine any of the other Doctors pulling off this dual role so successfully? (William Hartnell plays a Cardinal for a few (pretty good) moments in St. Bartholemew's Eve, another memorable LC recon). The plot is full of real surprises - the actual, terrible source of Salamander's disaster predictions, his casual murder of Federin, the true nature of his relationship with Kent, Bruce's switch to the good side after the Doctor's courageous gesture of trust, the confusion as to who really meets Jamie and Victoria "at the gate," and of course, Salamander's spectacular end. Jamie has some of his finest moments here, as when he swears he will kill Benik if he touches Victoria. The characters of Fariah, Astrid, Benik and even the relatively small role of Denes, are all vividly and memorably portrayed. The cook is actually quite funny (apparently a minority opinion) and deadpan, and serves much the same function as his counterpart, the Porter in Macbeth, in restoring everyday humor for a moment to make the surrounding murders even darker. And "Enemy of the World" is dark and powerful - it's anything but the "sore thumb" story in the 5th season.

As for the LC production values, this is an excellent recon of what might be called LC's middle period - far better than the early "Faceless Ones" (a terrific story richly deserving of a facelift as soon as possible) but not as effective as, say, "Abominable Snowmen," with its ambitious (and successful) special effects, or "Galaxy 4," another unexpected gem. What a matchless treat and a stroke of luck to have these lost stories restored so well! Would Cosgrove Hall animation really be better? (Now when might we expect LC's "Web of Fear" and "Evil of the Daleks"?) Congratulations!

 
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