Companions: Tegan Jovanka, Nyssa, Adric
Written by: Eric Saward
Directed by: Peter Grimwade
Background & Significance: Sometimes Doctor Who lacks punch. I mean, let's be honest. Doctor Who was designed to be an edutainment Saturday night family programme. It's designed to be inherently new-viewer friendly. Anyone can pick up any story and be able to watch and follow and understand it.
But let's say we have something happen. Let's say a companion dies in the line of duty.
and even that was retconned) and between the show's creation and Peter Davison (eighteen years) there were only two companion deaths, both in the same serial and with characters we barely knew. They were deaths for shock value, not deaths that mattered and hit on a great emotional level.
"Earthshock" is different. "Earthshock" by itself is a good story, but couple it with the death of a companion and the story becomes nothing short of legendary and wonderfully pyrrhic. It carries weight and is powerfully affecting, regardless of how you feel towards the character in question.
So let's get to it!
Ringway makes it to the bridge and holds everyone at gunpoint, revealing that he’s sold the ship out to the Cybermen. The Doctor jokes that they probably won’t have them paid in gold cuz they’re allergic to the stuff. Kills them.
Next Time!: 4th Doctor! Leela mistreated! Giant walking bacteria! Evil eyebrows! Pointless clones! And the introduction of K-9! My recap of "The Invisible Enemy"! Coming next Tuesday!