1 March 1983
Keith Barron (Striker), Valentine Dyall (Black Guardian), Cyril Luckham (White Guardian) [1, 4], Christopher Brown (Marriner), Tony Caunter (Jackson) [1-3], Clive Kneller (Collier) , James McClure (First Officer) [1-2], Lynda Baron (Wrack) [3-4], Leee John (Mansell) [3-4].
|Written by||Barbara Clegg|
|Directed by||Fiona Cumming|
|Produced by||John Nathan Turner|
When the White Guardian appears uttering a cryptic warning of imminent danger -“The winner takes all”, The Doctor is puzzled. Then the TARDIS materialises on an old Edwardian sailing ship. Before long, however, he is amazed to discover that the ship, along with others, is sailing through space. The Doctor and his companions soon become caught up in a sailing race run by the mind-reading Eternals.
The first prize is Enlightenment – ultimate wisdom to gain one’s heart’s desire, and some of the more devious crews will stop at nothing in order to claim it. But as the Black Guardian’s evil mesh draws tight, it looks as though The Doctor might not live to cross the finishing line…
- This is the third part of the Black Guardian Trilogy, which began in Mawdryn Undead and concludes in this story
- Tegan and Turlough play a game of chess while The Doctor works on the TARDIS.
- The turbulence the TARDIS experiences is time override, according to The Doctor.
- Time Lords aren’t quite Ephemerals or Eternals, or at least the Eternals can’t make up their minds about them.
- During the partial blackout, The Fifth Doctor use an electric torch to inspect his TARDIS.
- The Eternal Striker reads The Doctor’s mind and says, “You are a Time Lord, a Lord of Time. Are there lords in such a small domain?”
- Eternals are briefly mentioned again in The Quantum Archangel, in which it’s revealed that Kronos, the Chronovore in The Time Monster, is the offspring of an Eternal and a Chronovore. Two Eternals also appear in the Bernice Summerfield audio The Heart’s Desire, in which it turns out that Enlightenment wasn’t the choice, but the diamond after all.
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