Another old score to settle, not just for the Seventh Doctor, Lady Pentforte and the Cybermen, but for me and this particular serial. This time there will be a reckoning.
I first attempted to tackle this serial in 2015 and naively thought I could cut out any and all mention of Pentforte and get through the whole thing in 15 minutes, but after some kind pointers given to me by a few friends, I realised that wasn’t going to fly. The goal of fanediting I now feel is you have to take the good with the bad and enhance it’s strengths a lot more. So here in this edit all the elements are present.
I have looked at other stabs at this edit (I would recommend Whoflix’s version), they all basically fuze all three parts of the serial into one cohesive half hour or 45 minute whole, and I thought to myself that if I were to tackle this story again, I ought to do things differently than them just to stand out a bit, so I decided to retain the traditional serialised format for the story, only it would be two instalments as opposed to three.
The jazz session and Sylvester and Sophie under attack serves as our pre-titles teaser for Episode One, I removed a lot of The Doctor and Ace talking about the Nemesis in the museum, removed them going to see the Queen, removed the method by which Pentforte and Richard travel back through time to make them more mysterious, removed the police guards entirely, and omitted the Doctor explaining villidium to Ace (that comes much later in the story), so by the time we get to part two, we’re only eleven minutes in tops. More changes to part two, now a part of the newly constructed episode one, removes the appearance of the skinheads
The cliffhanger of part one is the cliffhanger of the official part two, and forms the beginning of the pre-titles of my version of part two, and it’s at this point that the mix-up of footage goes back to part one, with the Doctor finally turning his full attention to Pentforte and the battle of wits with Fenric in the chess game. There is but one continuity glitch, in that one of Pentforte’s arrows is embedded in the front of the TARDIS doorway which disappears when The Doctor and Ace arrive at Pentforte’s study, but you can let that quickly slip from your mind, it’s not there long.
Pentforte and Richard hitch hiking is in there, but there is none of the comedy involved, nor an appearance from the american tourist.
To avoid crediting the skinheads and the tourist, I used the end credits of part one for both instalments