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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 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!”