The port of Alexandria, 5th Century AD.
The Doctor, Ian, Susan and Barbara have taken a break from their travels, and are enjoying a few weeks in the sunshine and the chance to appreciate the magnificent Library of Alexandria.
Ian also takes the chance to enjoy friendship with the philosopher Hypatia - but things here will not last forever.
The time travellers know that the library will soon be lost to history.
What they are about to discover is the terrifying reason why...
William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Susan Franklyn (Hypatia)
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Not action-packed, no, but it's definitely an affectionate tribute to the historical serials of the First Doctor, giving Ian and Barbara a chance to express their love of learning, rub elbows with a legendary historical figure, and sneak in a couple of quick science lessons at the same time. But it winds up being something along the lines of The Name of the Rose meets Earth vs. the Flying Saucers-- which suited me just fine. William Russell turns in his usual rock-solid performance. Franklin's Hypatia isn't bad, but they couldn't seem to settle on whether she should be playing a precocious upstart or an established and serious scholar. But that's a pretty minor quibble with what I considered a very engaging and fun installment that as an added bonus revisits the (in)famous First Doctor dictum that history cannot be changed.
Reviewer Says: No previous stories required.