The Sure Cure … for Insomnia

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The clever lads over in Classic Capitology can’t honestly claim to have seen the whole of the next story in their arsenal.  That doesn’t mean they didn’t get this particular job done, as they most certainly did, but rather this story, more than any in the whole of  Doctor Who canon, simply, and with unique consistency, bores them to sleep.

It is the Hartnell story The Web Planet.

In actuality The Web Planet is not so much a failure as a misbegotten experiment.  Not unlike The Edge of Destruction there’s more than a few initial touches of weirdness going on in the first couple of episodes, but eventually that gives way to the intercine battles between giant bees, beetles, moths and such.  The Tardis travellers get separated, as they must, amonst the warring factions, but at six episodes The Web Planet goes on far too long to sustain interest, even for the hard core fan it must be confessed.

The Tour lights all the Doctor Who’s many corners, even the sleepiest ones.  Thankfully the new caps for The Web Planet are anything but boring.  Behold their grayscale glory!

The next stop in the Classic Capitology quest puts the B in BS.

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