Amongst the more apt adjectives which describe The Keeper of Traken is ‘immaculate.’ From the overall design of the world of Traken all the way down to the costuming, ‘Keeper’ is a joy to watch. Even the consuls are differentiated enough to invest interest in from the casual viewer. Whilst Keeper is now remembered primarily as the story which brought back the Master after a prolonged absence, we here at the Tour prefer to think of it as a glorious tale of, wait for it (especially in a Doctor Who context), seduction.
The wonderfully creepy Melkur takes the ambitions of Sheila Ruskin’s Kassia and turns them against her in an almost casual way, at first. The darkness then spreads out through her and onto the rest of the cast and driving the plot from there forward. It’s a great performance.
It had to happen.