↳ Meglos (#111)
★★★ / 5
This four part serial features bad wigs, doppelgangers, and former companion Barbara Wright!, but as a different character. Meanwhile, it appears that Tom Baker has lost some weight?
Most of the time, these types of stories only frustrate and make me nervous. And by that I mean the misunderstandings that ensue with doppelgangers. Meglos is no exception, but the real Doctor manages to be in trouble for only a short while. Moving on, I felt like Romana was very underutilized in this serial. She played a very little part in it at all, and had few scenes with the Doctor. I wonder if the offscreen relationship between Tom and Lalla influenced the script.
I haven’t got much to say about Meglos, really. It managed to keep my attention, but did nothing to surprise or delight me. It’s just another average serial.
- The serial also afforded Tom Baker a chance to take on both villainous and heroic roles in the same story, as William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton had and Peter Davison and Matt Smith would. (TV: The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve, TV: The Enemy of the World, TV: Arc of Infinity, TV: Nightmare in Silver).
- Bill Fraser only agreed to take the role of Grugger on condition the character was allowed to kick K-9.His request was granted. He later appeared in the spin-off pilot K-9 and Company
- During production of this story, Madame Tussauds in London debuted the “Doctor Who Exhibition”. Included were sculptures of both the Fourth Doctor and his Meglos doppelganger. As a result, Tom Baker is the only person to have appeared twice in the wax museum.