1)Watching this agian, the problem I find is with the pacing of the story - eesentially an episode-and-a-half of "the regeneration isn't working"/"saving the TARDIS from Event One", following by half an episode of "Getting to Castrovalva" scenes just seems too long to me.
2)I did like Davison's attempts at imitating earlier Doctors, they were amusing. He did Troughton best, I thought.
3)I gather the cricketing outfit was Davison's idea, but the final result was one of a "costume" than he would have liked.
4)I'd forgotten Michael Sheard was in this.
5)I confess that when I first watched this, I did not pick up on the fact that "Neil Toynay" was actually "Tony Ainley", which only goes to show you what a lousy detective I would've made.
6)The little girl who talks to the Doctor in Part Three ("Three, sir") is Souska John, Caroline John's niece.
7)Wow, the Master shoves Nyssa pretty brutally in Part Four - he's not often so directly viiolent.
8)Apparently, Waterhouse discovered Campari the night before they filmed the last scenes of this, and was brutally hung over.
9)Note that the celery the Doctor pins to his lapel comes from Castrovalva. But nothing in Castrovalva was real, so how did the celery survive its destruction?
)Some fun quotes:
Wow, that really wasn't very good, was it? "Doctor's first episodes" are often hit-or-miss, but that one seemed to take forever going absolutely nowhere.
"He did Troughton best, I thought."
What I somehow never noticed until this year was, he wound up "doing" Troughton again-- in the 2nd HALF of "FRONTIOS". He was so good in there, it makes me wish he'd been "doing" Troughton all along.
"I got this one CHEAP because the walk's not quite right, and then of course, there's the ACCENT..."
(as Tegan glares at him murderously)
"I'd forgotten Michael Sheard was in this."
He did some decent roles on this show over the years.
"nothing in Castrovalva was real, so how did the celery survive its destruction?"
A very interesting question...
"Wow, that really wasn't very good, was it? "Doctor's first episodes" are often hit-or-miss, but that one seemed to take forever going absolutely nowhere."
Sadly, when Colin Baker arrived, they made the ill-advised decision to try doing it AGAIN. Only more so.
I so much preferred it when McCoy woke up and INSTANTLY was right in the head. (Until he was given a case of temporary amnesia...)