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Doctor Who Serial 062 – The Sea Devils

What better use of being sick in bed than watching Doctor Who?

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Synopsis:

The episode begins with a sinking ship and The Doctor visiting The Master in prison. OH. MY. GOD. The Master is actually running the prison he’s a prisoner in! Dum dum dum! Something is peculiar about that sinking ship, so The Doctor investigates, this leads him and Jo to a Naval base, from where they visit a “sea fort.” Their motorboat is exploded… by SOMETHING!

Seven months later, I’m no longer sick in bed, and I find myself watching Doctor Who again.  Episode 3 began with a sword fight between The Doctor and The Master. It might have been one of the greatest episodes ever. The vast majority of episode takes place when The Master insists the warden of the prison takes The Doctor into custody. It’s up to Jo to free The Doctor, and she does, by pretending to be an ottoman while The Doctor pushes a guard over her. Jo then delivers a karate chop that Jon Pertwee must have been proud of as the guard falls down.

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Episode 3 ends when The Doctor and Jo are making their escape. The Master summons a Sea Devil, and our heroes are faced with prison guards on one side, a sea devil on another, a cliff with The Master behind them, and a mine field to their right. Roll credits.

The Doctor eventually goes down to the sea floor in a capsule and meets the Sea Devils. He proposes brokering peace negotiations between the Humans and the Sea Devils, while The Master is just a shit-disturber and trying to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

Eventually is leads to shots of people in ridiculous costumes proceeding to war. The visuals are amazingly hilarious.

Then The Doctor encounters the invasion force, and YES! Pertwee’s karate chop is the highlight of his era in Doctor Who.

It’s strange that the main story of this episode seems to resolve itself with a firefight. Not the most Doctor Who of resolutions.

Then The Master escapes with a karate chop. Which leads to a watercraft chase

Overall, a worthwhile episode.

Doctor Who Serial 061 – The Curse Of Peladon

Synopsis: The planet of Peladon wants to join the Galactic Federation. While awaiting Earth’s arrival, a man is attacked, and the curse of Peladon is believed to be responsible, at which point The Doctor and Jo arrive.

What I learned from this episode: If time travelling, don’t wear heels.

David Troughton as King Peladon

OMG! King Peladon is played by David Troughton… yes, the son of former Doctor Patrick Troughton.

Alpha Centaurian

So the delegate from Alpha Centauri is a giant jelly bean, and the delegate from Arcturus is a creepy spider head thingy.

Creepy

The Doctor and Jo climb up to the Imperial Palace and skulk around, only to find an Ice Warrior! However, it turns out that the Ice Warrior is the delegate from Mars, and is there at the behest of His Majesty the King.

The Ice Warriors are now a peaceful species living in harmony with Earth, Alpha Centauri, and that other planet.

The Curse is that a great beast that is now extinct and the symbol of Peladon will return, and when it does, a STRANGER WILL BE AMONG THEM!

Peladon is a backwater and thought of as primitive by the delegates. They’re not even sure why they’re there to discuss admission of Peladon into the Federation. And if the delegates don’t know why they’re there, nor do the audience.

It’s obvious from the get-go that the baddy is not actually any mystical beast or actual beast, but the King’s right-hand-man. He’s a dick who doesn’t want admission into the Federation, so he’s trying to sabotage it. He admits this to The Doctor, when there was no reason to tell. I think he’s just bad at bad-guying. Why he doesn’t want to be part of the Federation is anyone’s guess.

Episode four splits from the rest of the story to tell a political tale. The danger and murder is done as the King’s advisor has gone to split the Federation, while The Doctor tries to convince the King to replace him and promises the backing of the Federation in case of Peladonian civil war.

This story is kind of painful and drags throughout most of the final episode.

Doctor Who Serial 060 – Day of the Daleks

Synopsis: Jon Pertwee’s Doctor faces his first Dalek invasion. There’s a man who is organizing a peace conference. An assassination attempt is made. The failed assassin vanished. The Doctor is called.

The Doctor feels, the smartest course of action would be to stay at the haunted house and drink some wine.

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I knew there was a reason I liked Doctor Who. Jo and The Doctor relax and suddenly are faced with a break in by a guerrilla army. They discover that this militia is a group of rebels who are revolting against a Dalek invasion in the 22nd century. The Daleks are using a lower species (who look like Klingons) to be their pawns in this war against the Humans.

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It’s odd because we know in the 22nd century Klingons will make their way to Earth, leading to an early launch of the USS Enterprise NX-01.  In addition, the future rebels use a time machine that looks conspicuously like a tricorder. I’m pretty sure that this is a Star Trek crossover.

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We also find The Doctor fighting a Dalek invasion in the 22nd century. Something that happened once before. It make me wonder if The Doctor is interfering with events that he once fixed already. I do wonder if this is something that was planned before or not.

Overall, this wasn’t the greatest episode. It was silly, but not that exciting, most of the action involved The Doctor with his feet up. Also compared to Into The Dalek which aired a two days ago, it falls on its face. But we’re not at the point where we’re reviewing Capaldi episodes. that’ll have to wait. In the meantime… here’s a clip from The Two Doctors.

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Doctor Who Serial 059 – The Daemons

Synopsis: I don’t really know what this is about. The Master decides that the way to take over the universe is to become a vicar.

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In this story, The Doctor keeps on bemoaning how impossible it is to make Jo Grant a scientist. I have no idea why he’s trying. Someone smarter than The Doctor calls her an idiot. I fully approve.

The Doctor is trying to explain that any science significantly advanced seems like magic. People don’t seem to understand this stuff, and it’s baffling. A car moving on its own isn’t a crazy magic. Are the ’70s so far in the past that we are so disconnected from the manner of thought of those alive only forty years ago.

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The best part, hand down, is when The Master gives the devil’s horns. The Master is totes metal.

DOCTOR WHO SERIAL 058 – Colony In Space

Synopsis: In the 25th century, an Earth colony is facing dire times. Their food won’t grow, they’re being attacked by lizards, and worries of Earth miners plague their thoughts.

Jo Grant

Oh hi! It’s been a while. Sorry.

Apparently I misunderstood some of the events of  “Claws of Axos”  and The Doctor cannot leave Earth. The Time Lords, however, feel they need to use The Doctor as their pawn, so they allow him to visit an Earth colony facing crisis. After watching the first episode the bit that stands out most is the line, “There was no animal life, just birds and insects.” Aren’t birds and insects animal life? Then later the same person talks to the native aliens. Yeah, there’s these people, but they don’t count as animals, do they? I still don’t like Jo.

Primitives steal the TARDIS

This story shows the worst side of Doctor Who‘s Britishness. They discuss the “Primitives” in a way that shows their ignorance, and their colonial attitudes. It’s obvious the writers display a thought of British colonization is the the past and the future, that the reality of the sun setting on the British Empire is just a minor setback.  As someone from one of those colonies, the damage of British superiority is very obvious in many ways. We could discuss the Harper government’s dismissals of the plague of missing Aboriginal women, the reverse course on Aboriginal issues after apologizing for tragic history of residential schools. Yet here we see a group dubbed “the Primitives” who are obviously intelligent. They communicate with a species from another planet without any help, and yet the British colonists talk down to them as if they’re three years old. Even The Doctor is condescending to the “Primitives” who performs magic to distract a guard and escape. Only problem is… MAGIC DOESN’T WORK IF THEY CAN READ YOUR MIND.

The Master shows up in part four. Not surprising as he’s quite popular lately. The trial is somehow reminding me of the trial of Louis Riel. Now there’s a good subject to be the basis of a Doctor Who episode.

THERE’S A MUD WRESTLING SCENE IN EPISODE SIX! Sorry.

Doctor Who Serial 057 – The Claws of Axos

Synopsis: Some bad guys show up, they want to destroy Earth, The Doctor must save the day. The baddies teamed up with The Master, but The Master learns he must work with The Doctor.

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I did not like this episode. So much so that between watching episode 3 and 4 there was a month and a half gap. So honestly I don’t remember much of the episode.

It seems to be a repeat of much of the season. Baddie arrives, they’re allied with The Master. They try to take over the world, they turn on The Master, The Master teams up with The Doctor, and together they make things go.

There was one major development in the episode, and that is The Doctor can now leave Earth, but he will always return.

Doctor Who Serial 056 – The Mind of Evil

Synopsis: The Doctor and Jo visit a prison where they’re using a machine to remove all evil from prisoners and storing it in a jar. Meanwhile, UNIT is guarding the first world peace conference. People start dying in both places.

vlcsnap-2014-04-13-17h38m03s78Where do I start with how ridiculous this story is? The concept that there’s a World Peace conference is extremely unlikely. If world peace were to ever happen, it would be with individual discussions and alliances, not a general Earth-wide conference.

Why would you store the evil?!?! Why? How can you store evil? How can you project evil as The Master does, via Chin-Lee?

Why is the prison in constant riot mode? How are people constantly sneaking guns and weapons into the prison?

After Jo is captured in a prison riot, why does she stay after quelling said riot only to get captured again?

Why does The Master save The Doctor’s life?

Why all the karate chops?

Who scored this?

Why have both season 8 stories so far had The Master resigning to the fact that he had to work with The Doctor?

Doctor Who Serial 055 – Terror of the Autons

Synopsis: The Master arrives on Earth stealing the Nestine Consciousness and planting himself in a plastics factory.

vlcsnap-2014-04-11-18h42m52s59This is the first time we meet The Master, an old childhood friend of The Doctor’s, who has turned evil.

It’s also the first time we encounter Time Lords other than The Doctor since War Games. There’s both The Master, and another Time Lord pops in to warn The Doctor wearing a bowler hat and suit. Not the most Time Lordy outfit.

We don’t know much of The Master’s intentions, but he is intent on causing disruptions in the lives of humans and The Doctor.

We are also introduced to Jo Grant. Liz is suddenly gone without explanation, and instead we are introduced to a young woman eager to be The Doctor’s new assistant. Jo Grant is a funny looking woman wearing a mullet a la Linda McCartney. She’s an idiot. She’s boring. And most importantly, based on this one story, she’s a horrible companion compared to Liz.

Liz was intelligent, and challenged The Doctor. Liz was skeptical and humorous.

Jo is stupid.

vlcsnap-2014-04-11-18h43m54s169In this story, The Doctor once against must face the Autons. A race of plastic people that are the precursor for the Nestine’s invasion of Earth. The Master is helping them out.

This leads to one of the worst endings in Doctor Who history. Our buddy The Master is excited that the plan is working, and the Nestine are about to arrive. The Doctor tells him that they won’t distinguish between The Master and the humans. The Master looks alarmed and suddenly helps The Doctor.

Of course, their solution is to “reverse the polarity.”

It’s an awkward ending.

The Master escapes, but can’t get far, as The Doctor had stolen his dematerialization circuit, which unfortunately does not work in The Doctor’s TARDIS.

The ending feels like it needs The Master to shout out, “I’ll get you next time Gadget, next time!”

Doctor Who Serial 054 – Inferno

Synopsis: The Doctor is consulting on a massive drilling project allowing him to syphon off energy to use on his TARDIS console. People start dying.

vlcsnap-2014-04-06-08h47m45s83So apparently The Doctor is keeping the TARDIS console in a garage, and using a sonic screwdriver as a garage door opener. Meanwhile, once again we have a science project happening where the lead is an arrogant asshole who won’t listen to reason or take responsible safety precautions. While Sir Keith, the funder is trying to bring in consultants to ensure safety and responsibility. Showing its British class-structure.

The Doctor flies the TARDIS console into a parallel universe, where an evil Brigade Leader Lethbridge-Stewart is leading a scientific team for the Republican Security Force. It must be evil if Queen Lizzy is deposed.

The Doctor is captured by Lethbridge-Stewart, and ends up fighting for his freedom, while also observing the parallel universe’s drilling having the same problems that he will have on Earth Prime.

vlcsnap-2014-04-06-15h23m49s181This is the first seven-parter that doesn’t feel like it drags… too much. It seems to work. This was the end of season 7. Instead of the usual 40-odd episodes, the seasons now have only 20-odd episodes. It’s a lot less Doctor Who, but it’s a lot more manageable. Troughton and Hartnell never had it so easy.

This theme of scientists who are too caught up on their own grandeur to see what they’re doing is played out. For some odd reason this, and a distaste of computers are a recurring theme in Doctor Who and sci-fi in general. It’s riduculous beyond belief.

Jon Pertwee attempts to become an action star in his role as The Doctor. He does a lot of martial arts, car chases, and just a lot of jumping around. It’s an interesting take on The Doctor, something that 50 years later is still unique to Pertwee.

Doctor Who Serial 053 – The Ambassadors of Death

Synopsis: A space mission is sent to rescue a ship that hasn’t been responding. Something goes wrong and Earth loses contact with the space probe. Aliens send down some ambassadors while some secret agencies are working in secret.

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UNIT is advising the Space Command, while The Doctor and Liz Shaw are watching on TV. It’s weird to see The Doctor observing a big event on television. It’s not his thing. It makes me think The Doctor must be in misery due to his exile, but they don’t portray that.

Instead The Doctor is just tinkering away in his TARDIS trying to override the lockouts that the Time Lords put on his TARDIS. He wants to escape, but can’t.

Once again, the story drags because it is broken up into seven parts. There’s a lot of mystery, but it often doesn’t leave a lot of intrigue. It’s just mystery without interest. The story itself is interesting, and intriguing. We eventually learn of an old astronaut (now a General in the military) who takes over Space Command. When he was on Mars, he met these creatures, and is afraid they plan to invade Earth, he wants to make a stand before they do. Unfortunately UNIT and The Doctor are getting in the way.

vlcsnap-2014-04-05-21h00m28s173How The Doctor is getting in the way is by trying to make peaceful contact with the alien creatures, and figure out the mystery of the missing astronauts. He even volunteers to go up in another rocket and try to make contact with the missing crew (and the aliens).

The Doctor is right of course, and the title is completely inaccurate, all the death is being caused by the rogue General.

One of the interesting things that we see in this story is that the production team tried something different for the first time. They broke up the opening titles, so we had the beginning, a bit of a teaser (about a minute) and then they put up the story name, episode number, and writer’s credit. But they just broke up the theme, rather than redesigning the sound for it. It felt awkward and didn’t work.

We also learn in the story that there’s a radio telescope in Algonquin… and there really is.

This was a really enjoyable episode, that just dragged a bit too long.