By Sophie Iles
This week it’s time to look at The Rescue, it’s a really sweet two parter, with some wonderful character moments and an introduction to a new companion. Not only that, but this was the first for a lot of people. Dennis Spooner starts his role as script editor (though he isn’t credited and didn’t do as much on this one as he does the rest.) It’s the first time the Doctor suggests the TARDIS materialises, the first time the Doctor suggests having been to this planet before, before snatching Ian and Barbara from 1963, which obviously opens avenues of questions of what his stories with Susan were before they come along.
As well as this, during its initial release, the second part Desperate Measures was one of the top ten programs to be watched that week, which is something that isn’t a regular occurrence until the show come back in 2005.
Lastly, but certainly not least, it’s the first time that a main companion has been replaced by another. We’ll talk more about Vicki later, but let’s get to the bones of the story and take it from there.