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DOCTOR WHO SERIAL 067 – Frontier In Space

This six part season 10 serial, starring Jon Pertwee is a lot of fun, but it’s also ridiculous and makes very little sense. The Doctor finds himself in Earth’s future when Earth is one of the superpowers in the known universe. They are colonizing the galaxy, but as are the Draconians1.

The Draconians, as pictured above, are at a precarious peace with Humanity. There are some space raids here and there, but the Draconian empire is xenophobic and ready to attack, as are the Humans.

The Doctor and Jo find themselves on a ship that is being attacked. The Humans think they see Draconians attacking them, but The Doctor sees dollar-store-Klingons.

Something is off, The Doctor knows the dollar-store-Klingons, but knows they’re not capable of this strange hypnotic masking technology. How can they possibly be tricking Humans into thinking that they’re Draconians, and how can they trick the Draconians into thinking they’re Humans. Something must be going on… something hypnotic… something… yeah, it’s The Master, of course it’s The Master. It’s always the fucking Master.

Eventually the Daleks show up… And nothing gets resolved. I dunno, I guess we’re going into the next serial.

  1. or “Dragons” to the racist humans []

DOCTOR WHO SERIAL 066 – Carnival Of Monsters

The Doctor and his ever annoying companion, Jo, set their TARDIS down inside a peep show machine. This machine has the capabilities shrink matter, and store an entire ship, it’s crew and passengers. And that’s in only one compartment. The machine is topped with a beautiful CRT television, which allows those on the outside to watch what’s happening on the inside.

A traveling pair of entertainers or swindlers arrives on a planet with their machine in tow. They are penniless and ready to entertain the people of this planet with their machine of wonders.

Unfortunately the people on the planet don’t care. Unfortunately for the writers, nor do I.

It doesn’t seem very good con to get people to watch a CRT screen, but that’s all that these travelers have going for them… well that and their amazing outfits.

The Doctor gets out, and things happen, and everyone leaves happy. Except the audience.

Doctor Who Serial 065 – The Three Doctors

Happy 10th season! To celebrate the start of Doctor Who‘s 10th anniversary, the producers put together “The Three Doctors,” an adventure featuring Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and William Hartnell all in the role of The Doctor.

The Time Lords are facing an energy drain. They must get help from The Doctor, but The Doctor is not enough, they cannot spare any other Time Lords, so they get The Doctor to help The Doctor. In comes Patrick Troughton. William Hartnell, however, was too ill as such, his Doctor got caught in a “time eddy” and provided help via the TARDIS’ built-in CRT television.

Brigadier General Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is an idiot. He refuses to believe anything either of the Doctors tell him. He’s known him for so long now that he should understand.

The Doctors must travel to the anti-mater universe where Omega1, the Time Lord responsible for their species’ ability to travel through time has been trapped for oh so long. Omega wants to return to the matter universe, and have The Doctor(s) stay there in his stead.

After they succeed, the second Doctor disappears and returns to his time, Dr. Tyler proclaims “now I’ve seen it all.” A man disappearing in front of him is more strange than traveling to a universe of anti-matter, meeting three extra-terrestrials, and that the British Armed Forces have a unit called UNIT that is involved in all this.

The episode ends with the third Doctor getting a dematerialization unit from the Time Lords. That means The Doctor is no longer exiled to Earth and ready to take off for some fun in the universe.

  1. Why can’t they pronounce omega right? []

DOCTOR WHO SERIAL 064 – The Time Monster

This might be the greatest episode of television history. The Doctor has a nightmare… The Master is near. Lethbridge-Stewart invites The Doctor to attend a scientific presentation. The Doctor refuses, and goes off with Jo Grant to find The Master. Well, it ends up that they all come together. It seems The Master is heading this new scientific research, which does many things. It leads to humanity’s better understanding of the space-time continuum; it brings Cronus to the modern time; it helps The Master (and The Doctor following) to travel back in time to Atlantis1.

We see such beauty, such as a dude in a pure white bird costume, flap-flap-flapping his bird wings2. We see a muscle-bound man wearing a bull’s head. We see The Doctor using his coat’s red lining to act as a matador. The Doctor is good at his matador skills, with one quick karate chop, the minotaur is down. We also see some goth-Atlantians with great eye-liner.

This is a magnificent episode of Doctor Who. It doesn’t make much sense, but it’s amazing.

Next time on Doctor Who, “The Three Doctors.” Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and of course, the original, William Hartnell.

  1. Not Stargate Atlantis []
  2. I’m flap-flap-flapping my albatross wings. []

DOCTOR WHO SERIAL 063 – The Mutants

In this episode of Doctor Who, we find humans in the year 3000 who have dominion over the planet Solos. The native Solonians are subjugated. Earth is planning to leave Solos, but Earth’s Marshall of Solos is a maniacal genocidal asshole.

The Solosians are mutating into insect-like creatures. Of course they don’t know what’s going on, and The Doctor has to tell the Solosnigans that it’s a natural occurrence.

They were trying to do something interesting… talk about colonial issues, but unfortunately they never quite hit the nail on the head. The native population is talked down to by everyone, Earthlings and Time Lords alike. The Solosians are not listened to or treated with respect. A human scientist, on their side, is the authority figure on Solosers.

Much like a lot of Doctor Who, this story’s failing is just how British the show is.

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.