Favourite one era quotes/speeches/dialogue:
76. “Doctor, how can you sit there eating when Ian…” Barbara.
“Oh, my dear, you think I’m being callous do you?” the Doctor.
“Yes I do!” Barbara.
“Then I think it’s pure supposition that they’ve been caught by those Mire Beasts. After all, we weren’t, mm? You haven’t much faith in Ian’s infallible self-preservation, have you? Mmm?” the Doctor.
“I’m sorry” Barbara, the Chase.
Poor Barbara is distraught when there is an explosion in the tunnels on Aridius. The explosion could very well mean that Ian has been killed and she seems so unable to go on and is so tired. Barbara even has a go at the Doctor for not taking the situation seriously when he tucks into the local cuisine. But the Doctor trusts in Ian’s abilities and seems convinced that he and Vicki will be ok.
The Doctor never seems to worry about these sorts of things until they actually are presented in front of him, until he sees that Ian and Vicki are dead…he won’t believe it. Barbara tries to share that optimism but ultimately the ‘not knowing’ leaves her feeling lost and alone. The Doctor notices Barbara is tired and lets her sleep. She rests against the wall, unknowing that above her on the ledge is unconscious Ian.
We always wished in this scene that Barbara would have reached up and Ian’s hand would have reached down and they would have touched hands softly not knowing it was the other. But that’s just the romantics in us. And the scene is a lovely one anyway.