Directed By: Alan Wareing
Written By: Stephen Wyatt
Starring: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, TP McKenna, Jessica Martin ...
Running Time: 30 mins, four episodes (120 mins total)
Air Date: 14/12/1988
I suppose one of these days I'm going to have to sit down and watch all of the old 'Doctor Who' episodes. It's my obligation as British sci-fi fan, right? Or maybe it's not. Hmm. It was never as interesting as "The Prisoner" and it was never as funny as "Red Dwarf". Maybe I should just leave it and enjoy the more recent episodes of this show. At least they don't have the cardboard sets and props like these ones.
Still, you've got to love it. In "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy", Slyvester McCoy (who was apparently the seventh doctor) and his latest female companion, Ace, are invited to the psychic circus by a talking junk-mail robot. But it isn't all fun and games, as they discover that the circus is ruled over by evil clown-people, and the locals aren't particularly friendly either. Poor Doctor Who. He never gets a break, does he? In this adventure he battles everything from malfunctioning droids to a devious space explorer.
It's possible that werewolves had been previously featured on Doctor Who. I'll have to consult one of the many Doctor Who fanatics out there and find out.
On his way across the planet to the psychic circus, the Doctor encounters another intergalactic explorer, Captain Cook and his companion Mags (see top photo), who he introduces as a "rare specimen". The Doctor isn't entirely sure what this means, but is given a hint when she is troubled by a moon sign on an ancient stone. We eventually learn that the Captain saved her from being shot with a silver bullet on the Planet 'Walpuna' or something, and she travels with him out of gratitude.
She brings out her wolf side a little in one scene to battle against some clowns, but doesn't wolf out entirely until towards the end of part three, when the evil captain requests some 'special lighting' while in the circus ring. It's a fairly minimalist werewolf, and since she's already pretty hairy in appearance there's really not much to it -- her teeth and claws grow and her eyes change color, but that's about it. She looks about as much vampire as werewolf really (see bottom photo). The Doctor then must do battle with her. Well, sort of.