I know people complain about WARRIOR'S GATE being confusing but really this might be more. In any event, Adric works incredibly well again in this ep and with this Doctor. The whole thing is somewhat explained. The Doctor wants to fix the chamleon circuit by measuing a police box on Earth so abandons his plans to go to Gallifrey, which Adric seems keen on going to...Adric is also keen on learning and for this, I figure, he wants to go Gallifrey. A Tardis appears inside the TARDIS and this is always dangerous (I think it happened in THE TIME MONSTER or the threat of that happening was about to be carried out...it's been a long time since I saw that one and maybe once I reach the end of the McCoy stuff it'd be time to go back and do Jon Pertwee again!). Anyway once that is done, they will go to Logopolis to sort it all out.
I don't know if we were supposed to know it was the Master or not but it's not really a surprise as he escaped Traken and the Doc and Adric know there is another police box TARDIS on earth where they were planning to be. Why it's so dangerous is just some techno babble gobbleygock but I didn't then nor do I now feel it was stupid or silly. Somewhat silly is the cloister bell which goes off here for the first time ever. Is it the TARDIS alerting them to wild catatrophe? If so why does the Doc believe that Adric's statement about it going off (after we but not they know Tegan is lost in the TARDIS...and didn't set it off herself). Why wouldn't they just assume it was due to having a Tardis in a Tardis? Or the TARDIS itself? Why does it go on and off randomly?
Another thing is: why does the Master kill Vanessa and earlier kill the policeman? What reason would he have and if any, why not kill Tegan too? Please! Kill Tegan! In short, if one thinks about it, maybe Vanessa would have made a better companion than Tegan. Tegan doesn't impress in any of her scenes in this ep but the stuff when she exits the apartment to the car isnt as bad as I thought I remembered it being. The stuff at the car when it breaks down is. Vanessa does impress in all her scenes and the crew was also impressed with her but why she picks up a tire and throws it at the Master-ard rather than run for her life is befuddling. Tegan tends to panic, talk to herself, touch things on the console and say silly stuff and Fielding's acting doesn't help the situation. She is, in this, terrible. "Is anyone recieving me?!!!" and "is that the crew's quarters?" all grate as does most of the things she says in this and in all the story really. I can't believe they were introducing this character to travel with the Doctor and Adric, why? WHY? !!! She sucks and not in a good way. Awful female comp aside, pehraps the Doc is right when he said something akin to the Master being like a mad dog, perhaps the Master is crazy, insane, and has no real reason why he does things the way he does them or at all. His plans, like those of later Cybermen and Daleks, don't really make a lot of sense...IF they really plan on winning. The Master of all these, seems to want to lose after gloating to the Doctor about how he is smarter but rreally just trying to tempt the Doctor to beat him agian and again and again as if he wants someone, the Doctor in particular, to stop him. And he does but doesn't seem to want to kil the Doctor, not really. Without the Doc, his universe will be destroyed.
It made more sense in the original script that Tegan only enters the TARDIS after Vanessa vanishes. Here the bint Tegan complains and complains about Vanessa wanting to go the garage...and wanting a man to stop and help them...and complains about Vanessa not managing her tire or her car...then she is off to the garage herself but stop, dropping the tire, and wanting to call for the police! What a dope. If it weren't for her Vanessa would be alive. ANd if she didn't act like such a hypocrite, she'd have been at that garage and never would have been a comp of the Doc's! Damn! Damn her for being such a two face hypocrite. So she enters the TARDIS where the Master already killed the policeman, and she doens' t get killed...but fiddles with stuff, calls out, talks to herself...and then Vanessa tries to find her and gets killed by the Master for that!
Anyway, the whole thing with Adric was great, the whole "It's an expression" and "Is that another expression" and the earlier scene in the cloisters was all well done, the Doc is not as brooding as everyone always writes him being in this ep,, maybe later but not so much here. He is pacing, yes but he eventually moves away from Romana's room and toward the future...
Again, the whole TARDIS in a TARDIS thing is puzzling and ends with the Doctor exiting one and out of the TARDIS to the police...where the Doctor doesn't tend to bring up his UNIT credentials as he will in TIMEFLIGHT.
Anyway an enjoyable ep but a bit of a letdown after KEEPER OF TRAKEN and even back then I could see where they were going with Tegan and THAT was the let down. Still, this ep is not terrible and is faster paced than most but oh, the sadness of losing Tom is coming and not only that but the sadness of losing Adric in his current, lead companion status is even sadder...