I got that...Barry Letts was a big fan of STAR TREK, but this story definitely seems like a LOST IN SPACE tribute. There's the "Trip Through The Robot" thing, the 2 carnival people with their outlandish wardrobe & lingo, the incompetent (and scheming) "officials". Try subbing Jon Pertwee & Katy Manning for Jonathan Harris & Will Robinson (except on LIS, the sidekick was smarter).
Of course, Michael Wisher plays the scheming bureaucrat.
After a few weeks (a month?) break, I got back to my pick-and-choose watching of certain old stories. Last night, "THE THREE DOCTORS", where Patrick Troughton completely steals the show. Tonight, "CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS". Still not a favorite, but it has grown on me a lot. It's funny how, though she doesn't appear that bright, Shirna seems a LOT smarter (and certainly MUCH nicer) than Vorg. The scenes on the S.S. Bernice do quickly bcome tiresome, but the parts I initially found the leats interesting are what tend to grab my attention more recently... the "Tribunal", with Michael Wisher being such a devious, scheming B******. "Sympathetic?" "One has... twinges." It's so funny when HE gets eaten by the monster at the end.
Watched this again las tnight. Not much to add to what's already been said, but then that's never stopped me...
1)I think this is the first mention of Metebelis Three - in the modern show, this would be the "code word" that somehow led up to the season finale - instead, it led up to Jon Pertwee's finale.
2)I liked the bit with the Doctor trying to talk to the chickens - I thought that was pretty funny.
3)A young Ian Marter as Andrews - I gather he tried out for Mike Yates, and didn't get it, but Letts liked him and kept him in mind.
4)The plesiosaurus looks alot like the Skarasen from "Terror of the Zygons", I wodner if it's the same model.
5)"Give then a hygiene chamber and they'll store fossil fuel in it." I gather that's a paraphrase of something some capitalist or other actually said about the British working class: "Give them a bathroom and they'll store coal in it."
6)For me, the Drashigs are one of the few Doctor Who critters that are genuinely scary.
7)The Doctor name-drops John L. Sullivan - for once, he names someone that was appropriate for the timeline!
8)"They et a spaceship?"
9)"I had a great deal to do with the banning of these miniscopes." So, he was always a nuisance?
It was OK - maybe not Holmes' best story, but watchable enough. And I'd like to see the Drashigs done with the new show's effects budget.