“Enlightenment” was the fifth story in Doctor Who’s 20th season, and the conclusion to the three stories commonly known as The Black Guardian Trilogy.
The story begins with the Doctor and his companions Tegan and Turlough (Nyssa having left the crew at the end of the previous story “Terminus”) receiving a mysterious message from the White Guardian, prompting them to materialize on what appears to be an Edwardian sailing ship participating in a race. The crew of this ship however; seem to have no memory of when they came aboard.
The Doctor discovers that they are not on a racing yacht, and are in fact on a spaceship. It’s a clever twist that’s not easy to see coming.
The story also focuses on Turlough. He seems ready to sell out the Doctor in order to gain favour with Captain Wrack, the owner of a rival ship. The story culminates in a choice for Turlough – accepting a large diamond that’s worth an entire galaxy, or allowing the Doctor to live.
In summary, this is a good story with some well done acting throughout. Although it does have its problems, this story is a worthy addition to The Black Guardian Trilogy and to Doctor Who on the whole. The juxtaposition of sailing ships in space is interesting enough to draw you into this story, and having watched all of it, you won’t be disappointed.
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