Doctor who The Stones of Blood
The Stones of Blood is the third serial of the 16th season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 28 October to 18 November 1978. Part 4 was broadcast during the week of the show’s fifteenth anniversary. It forms part of the Key to Time story arc. The TARDIS lands on Earth close to the Nine Travellers, an ancient stone circle. Professor Amelia Rumford and her associate Vivien Fay, who are studying the stones, explain that whenever the circle has been surveyed, the number of stones has changed. Also interested in the circle are a group of druids-dedicated followers of the Cailleach, the Celtic goddess of war, death and magic-who are prepared to perform human sacrifice to satisfy her demands for blood. The Doctor soon learns that there is more to the Nine Travellers, the Cailleach, and the druids than meets the eye. How can the stones apparently move around the countryside? Why has the area around the circle always been owned by a woman? After Romana discovers the true identity of the evil Cailleach, the Doctor finds that he must travel into hyperspace to solve the mystery of the Nine Travellers and save his companion from the blood-hungry alien life-forms known as the Ogri.
Tom baker is clearly at his finest hour as the doctor in this tale. It is nestled in the middle of Tom Baker’s reign as the Doctor. This tale has the doctor really taking on the quest for a part of the key of time yet it leads the doctor to an adventure of horror. Tom baker really makes the best of this story as he does his own brand of humor.
Mary Tamm’s Romana truly shines in this tale as she really gives us some of her finest hour here. She really plays perfectly with tom’s doctor as the keys to time season is one of the best seasons of this remarkable show. David Fisher bursts onto the scene with potentially the wittiest script in Doctor Who which is crammed full of imminently quotable dialogue that the actors really shine with the wit and charm. Its supporting cast all really shine too as all of them give us some fine acting. Darrol Blake is very much suited to Doctor Who, and his lone directorial assignment is done in fine style as he really crafts out such fine direction with such remarkable set pieces. The Stones Of Blood is so good it’s a shame its last chapter was a collective let down. The Cailleach and the Ogri are suitably eerie – the Ogri make for great villains as classic as many others. The Stones of Blood pretty much sums up Doctor Who perfectly with great horror and drama and wonderful direction and a smart and witty script and wonderful acting. Its a classic doctor who serial one can love.
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