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The Space Museum

Jumping a time track

Leaves the travellers seeing

A new exhibit

The first thing to notice about the Space Museum is just how good the first episode is. It is possibly the most sci-fi time travel concept used in the series to date and brings up the subject of fate and how you can influence the future to the fore and kind of questions the notion that you can’t change history.

The crew land on a planet but there have been some odd occurrences on the TARDIS beforehand. Things such as an amazingly quick change of clothes (clothing plays an important part to this story) and a dropped glass of water suddenly reassembles itself. [Aside note, I was watching the Jon Pertwee story “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” where a similar thing happened].

After they land, they notice strange things about the dusty/sandy surface or rather they notice that they are not leaving any footprints. Then a group of people pass and although their mouths are moving, they appear to be making no sound. As the crew hide from another group of people, Vicki cannot prevent herself from sneezing but the group don’t react. The planet is a space museum and at the climax of the first episode, the crew encounter a startling exhibit. They come face to face with themselves as lifeless exhibits. The Doctor realises they have made a jump in time and what they are seeing is their future and judging by their clothing, from a time in the not too distant future.

One of the DVD extras sees Robert Shearman defend this not highly thought of story and describes the remaining 3 episodes as a comedy. You can see what he means as the controllers of the Space Museum, the Moroks, a once powerful race that have long rested on their laurels and the indigenous people of the planet are trying to organise a revolution but tend to sit round tables discussing things. The crew are also at a bit of a loss about what they should actually do in order to avoid their fate. They bicker like a family at a museum deciding where to go next and, after the Doctor is captured, he has fun with his captors after they use a mind reading device on him.

If you read the credits and see a name that rings a bell, it may be that one of the revolutionaries, Tor, is played by Jeremy Bulloch who would later return in Sarah Jane Smith’s debut adventure, The Time Warrior and would later wear the suit of a certain bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, Boba Fett.

Amongst the exhibits in the museum is a Dalek (which the Doctor hides in during the story, which also acts as a hint to the finale of the story. The Daleks (looking as they would for the remainder of the classic series with the slats around their middle) have located the Doctor’s time machine and are to give chase in order to exterminate their greatest foe.

  1. The Space Museum
  2. The Dimensions Of Time
  3. The Search
  4. The Final Phase
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  1. […] Doctor has taken a space visualiser from the space museum (the previous story, click here for more) and watches a few moments from history, including an appearance of The Beatles. The crew […]

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