The Green Death
The Doctor: Metebelis 3, Jo? Or where else would you like to go? You choose for yourself.
Jo Grant: But I’ve only got ten minutes.
The Doctor: Jo, you’ve got all the time in the world… and all the space. I’m offering them to you.
Story Code: C10.5.
Production Code: TTT.
Story Number: 69.
Countdown week: 19…
One of the eras that Nu-Who seems to draw inspiration from quite a lot is the Pertwee era: a fair few Earth stories with an expanded central cast, the frequency of UNIT – the idea of a love story between the Doctor and his companion too.
Sure there was something about a mug of cocoa, in The Aztecs but this episode dares to present the Doctor as a love rival for the subject of one of his TARDIS companion’s affections, offering not a diamond but a sapphire to try and ensure they remain a couple.
The actual main story with the mines and maggots I find a bit of a slog stretched out to six parts, but because of the subplot about the Doctor and Jones and Jo, it’s an above-par story for sure.