The Exploding Planet

After a bit of a break, my Doctor Who blog is cranking back into action with the last episode of Galaxy 4 – The Exploding Planet

Coronas of the Sun

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After the Doctor and Vicki manage to rescue Steven from the airlock, they leave him to have a chat with the Rill (still voiced in a deep and booming fashion by Robert Cartland).  This is one of the more interesting scenes in the final episode.  Earlier, both Vicki and the Doctor were happy to accept the Rill’s bona fides at face value, but Steven’s a much more cynical sort.

STEVEN: So the Doctor trusts you?
RILL: Why shouldn’t he?
STEVEN: No reason. I suppose you gave right ethical reasons for him, so naturally he does trust you.
RILL: We rescued you from the Drahvins, but you still don’t trust us?
STEVEN: Oh, you could be the same as them – using us for your own salvation.

Steven eventually accepts that the Rills are operating in good faith, but his refusal to take them at face value demonstrates Steven’s independence.   Peter Purves’ dislike for this…

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