It’s Day 2 of my favorite Doctor Who story recap, which means we’re covering the Second Doctor. Portrayed by Patrick Troughton from 1966 to 1969, the Second Doctor was more comic than his predecessor, but his affable nature and overall loveableness won him countless of fans. My pick as my favorite Second Doctor story is the epic six-part serial “The Enemy of the World”. Believed to have been lost in the Great Archive Wipe of the 1970’s, “Enemy” was recovered in 2013 and released on DVD to the utmost joy and jubilation of Whovians all over the world.
I was especially excited to see this because of Patrick Troughton’s dual role as the Doctor and as Salamander, an evil dictator bent on destroying the world. I had always heard stories of Troughton’s acting prowess–Hartnell once commented that if anyone had to replace him as the Doctor, he was glad it was someone of Troughton’s caliber–but seeing him switch so effortlessly between such totally different roles left my jaw on the floor. The man was an acting genius.