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Doctor Who Serial 034 – The Macra Terror

Part One

Well the companions are being idiots and attacking the first person they see. Sure he has a terrible hairdo, but that’s no reason.

Why have we never had a bearded Doctor?

“No one ever left alive in nineteen hundred eighty five will ever doooooo!”

Part Two

Those uniforms are amazing. The collar is so high, and the shoulder pads are good enough to be Romulan. That was the problem with Star Trek: Picard. not enough shoulder pads.

There is no macra!!!!

Those electronics are fragile, if you knock on them, you shouldn’t pop out of the wall.

Oh, there is indeed a macra, what a crabby beasty.

The controller doesn’t seem to be in control.

Part Three

Why does the music sound like a Nintendo game?

Part Four

These cheerleaders for the government are so much fun. I love this.

The Highland Fling is one of the things that makes me think Jamie is the best companion the Doctor has ever had.

Doctor Who Serial 030 – The Power of the Daleks

Part One

I was excited for a Patrick Troughton episode. I love the second doctor and Jamie… then I see this is the one story without Jamie. Well, it’ll be 2 and Ben and Polly. I can live.

I like the shot looking down the risey fally bit of the console.

Oh Doctor, you should’ve kept that hat.

Ben and Polly really just assumed that he’s the Doctor. The Doctor hasn’t said it.

Creepy!

Part Two

The original theme and opening credits were truly the best.

Lesterson’s glasses are fantastic. Don’t think they’d suit my face, though.

Lesterson should listen and not try to reactivate a Dalek.

Why is Polly the only one wearing shorts?

Part Three

Yeah we get that you are a servant. You only have to say it once.

People in Doctor Who need to stop being so shocked at machines having any sense of intelligence.

How could this scientist be so sure that the Dalek has a positronic brain? Why hasn’t he opened it before? Wouldn’t that be the first thing you’d do?

Haha, the Dalek wanting to shout how much better than Humans they are.

Oh shit, there’s three Daleks now. “When I say run, run like a rabbit.”

Part Four

That dude is going to regret letting the Daleks do stuff.

Oh the scientist is seeing the errors of his way, but the lady is becoming the evil one.

Janley, the lady, is giving the Daleks their guns… stupid.

Oh shit, the Daleks have Doctor Who on the TVs in their office.

Part Five

I feel like they haven’t figured out who Patrick Troughton’s Doctor is yet. He is great, but he’s going to be so much better.

“We are not ready yet to teach these human being the laws of the Daleks.” You seem ready, you have an entire army.

Did that jail guard really give a prisoner a water glass and a glass jug? That seems unsafe.

I forgot about Ben and Polly.

Part Six

Yes, I get it, you conquer and destroy, Daleks. You don’t need to scream it over and over.

I don’t get how Doctor Who convinced us that the Daleks could be the biggest baddest species in the universe.

Doctor Who Serial x – K9 and Company

The opening credits might be the greatest thing that’s ever been in the Doctor Who universe. K9!

Peter Tracy is a looker. Sarah should go for him.

God, I would never stay at my aunt’s place if within 10 minutes of arriving 3 strangers showed up to see how I was doing. Jesus, just let her be.

Wow, Ward knows way too much about a future robotic dogs.

I think this is the first Doctor Who christmas episode.

K9 is very obviously a robot dog and not the familiar of a witch.

Peter Tracy doesn’t want to be a witch.

So Sarah Jane leaves someone’s house. They are rude and don’t believe her, she gets home and nearly immediately that woman calls her up and tells her she can’t be alone and must come back. Why would Sarah Jane even consider that, you’re a rude bastard.

K9! do do honk honk!

Doctor Who Serial 115 – Logopolis

We’re here. The final Tom Baker story. I’m gonna take a Doctor Who break soon. After this I’m going to watch K-9 and Company, which is the next Doctor Who item to air. Then I’ve got two serials that were animated that I didn’t watch before. After that I’m not sure how long it’ll be before I start up Peter Davison’s era. Maybe a year, maybe a day. Who knows. This past week seems like it was a whole year with this pandemic.

Part One

Oh that’s the Master’s TARDIS, just so happened to masquerade as a police box.

The Doctor doesn’t do a great job of communicating with people.

HAHAHA! The machine code they use makes the TARDIS draw like I used to do on my Commodore 64.

15 minutes of this episode was dedicated to fixing a flat tire and measuring a police box.

Part Two

Aunt and copper dolls!

If the Doctor is going to put a creepy garden in his TARDIS, he should make it less creepy. Also, how many people do you think from the hundreds of years of the Doctor’s life is roaming around in the TARDIS that never met the Doctor and are just trapped.

We have the same mind!

Why do British people pronounce “omega” so strangely.

The Doctor has an ominous stalker. If I recall correctly, the Watcher never gets explained. Maybe if they didn’t spend 15 minutes on flat tires (or tyres) then we wouldn’t be here. Watching Doctor Who makes me think that maybe Stephen Moffat’s bad writing when he was head writer is just normal Doctor Who.

Now there’s someone named the Monitor. Doctor, Master, Monitor, Watcher.

I really don’t understand why it’s so urgent that the Doctor head to Logopolis to have his TARDIS reconfigured.

Also, why is the advanced technology of Logopolis computers from the ’80s?

Part Three

So the TARDIS shrinks. Adric panics as the Doctor is in there… why should that matter? The external dimensions are not linked to the internal dimensions.

I feel like the only thing Ainsley is doing in this episode is laughing at the camera.

If the TARDIS is shrunk, why is it shot with fisheye?

Poor Tegan, she has nothing to do to help.

Really Doctor, that’s how you tell Tegan that Auntie Vanessa died? You’re a prick.

Part Four: The Final Part

Aww, I miss the sound of dot matrix printers.

This is the funkiest Doctor Who music ever.

More Masterial laughter.

Tom Baker deserved a better finale. But hello Peter Davison!

Doctor Who Serial 114 – The Keeper of Traken

Part One

I started the episode, and then I got distracted by online grocery shopping. So that’s ten minutes of the episode without any commentary.

Cassia’s hair and eye shadow are on fleek, is that what the youngin’s say now… on fleek? I’m hip. It reminds me of Working Girl, which I watched last night.

“It looks almost alive,” says Adric as he approaches a stone like man who looks in no way alive.

I like the beards in this episode.

Oh shit, rock boy just vaporized the TARDIS.1

Damn, that’s bad timing for the Keeper to shout out “EVIL!” as soon as he see Doc and Adric.

Part Two

“I had no idea your science was this far advanced,” Adric says as he stares at CRT monitors and racks of equipment with blinking lights.

What the fuck was this:

Part Three

I love falling nets.

I like the guy with the moustache. He just seems so tired of everyone’s shit.

“Only the Doctor can destroy our plans,” duh.

Stone man made a TARDIS sound as it faded away.

OH MY THE STONE TARDIS IS BACK! THE STONE TARDIS IS THE KEEPER OF TRAKEN!

Part Four

Doctor, it’s the Master, obviously.

Also, I love ROCK TARDIS!

Oh shit, Shit master’s got the new master body captured!

  1. I went looking for a YouTube clip of “why not just waporize them?” from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. I couldn’t find it. Imagine it’s here. []

Pizza Dough

I’m blogging this for personal use. The website I use has gone bye-bye. I have three go to recipes for pizza dough. Kenji Lopez Alt’s New York Style Dough, his neapolitan dough, and this one. Kenji’s require at least overnight rest, so I like this for its one hour rise.

I stole this from here http://mmmisformommy.com/2014/01/garlic-fingers-donair-sauce.html, but the site is dead now. I found the recipe on archive.org.

Pizza Dough

  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast (not quick rise) (this is equivalent to 1 packet)
  • 1 tsp honey (I use maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (spooned in and levelled with a knife)

Combine first three ingredients in your mixer bowl. Wait 5 minutes to ensure yeast is active.

Add remaining ingredients.

Using the dough hook, run the mixer on the lowest speed for 6 minutes. At the same time, some water in your microwave and run for 6 minutes to get nice and steamy.

Form dough into a ball, spray bowl with cooking spray, return dough to bowl, cover with tea towel, and place in the microwave (while it’s off, but steamy).

Let sit for 45-50 minutes.

Punch down dough, and rest for 10 more minutes.

Donair Sauce

While we’re here, let’s preserve the donair sauce recipe:

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder

Garlic Fingers

Next is if we want to use the dough to make garlic fingers… who doesn’t. We tried some of Pizza Delight’s frozen Garlic Fingers, and they’re not as good as it is in the restaurant or the homemade with this recipe.

  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of garlic

Slather the garlic butter from edge to edge and then top with 2 1/2 cups of low moisture mozzarella.

Doctor Who Serial 113 – Warriors’ Gate

Part One

This feels like a Beckett play. “We have lift off,” two bored dudes shout, “yay!”

Okay as this goes on, this feels more and more like a Beckett play.

Every time they say “time winds” I assume they are talking about “time farts.”

The dude just said more people were coming. Why don’t Adric or Romana think it’ll happen?

“Give me a printout.”

Part Two

Cobwebs and skeletons, they’re covered in grime1.

Vladimir and Estrogan are still sitting in the same spot, providing commentary.

I think I missed something, why is K9 walking backwards?

“This is important, I need you to do it.” “Energy levels critical.” “Oh, come on old chap!” That really feels like a scene with Henry Fondle from BoJack Horseman.

Part Three

I like when my wife watches with me, and laughs at the ridiculousness. Like the Doctor disappearing as he walks backwards, or the monster/muppet hand pressing the button.

Aww, scary monster is freeing Romana.

K9 is a lot lighter than I would have expected.

Is the Scottish guy supposed to look exotic and alien?

K9 shut up! Listen to your Time Lady.

Fuck Romana is captured twice in this story… well, that’s not surprising.

Part Four

The Masters are garbage people.

I like that the Doctor is really into pickles in this episode. I too am rather fond of pickles.

Romana is leaving! K9, too!

  1. sung to the tune of Incense and Peppermint []

Doctor Who Serial 112 – State of Decay

Part One

This felt like Monty Python for a second.

The Great One is rising, and wikipedia told me that he is a vampire. I’m afraid of this episode. I hope it’s not as bad as…

“The Vampires of Venice” episode of Doctor Who, first broadcast 8 May 2010.

“Immature humanoid, non-hostile.” K9 is very descriptive about Adric.

Oh man! That cross dissolve to the bat was supposed to be dramatic… it was not.

C’mon Adric, they’re giving you soup, now you’re asking for cheese?

Part Two

You call that a tower? My apartment building is much bigger.

Romana needs to learn how to clink glasses without cutting herself.

I’m liking Adric.

Part Three

People too often want to share power with the Doctor. They should learn he doesn’t want to rule the universe.

That door pass scanner seems like bad security. You have to leave the security card behind.

“There once was a man from south Gallifrey…”

Part Four

It’s a rebellion, the Doctor is forming!

Adric is really keen to be a vampire. I can kinda see it. These vampires, while rather melodramatic, don’t seem to be living such a bad unlife.

The music sounds like it’s an old DOS game.

Wow, the dying vampires are amazing.

Doctor Who Serial 111 – Full Circle

Part One

Apparently it’s Adric’s first episode. I don’t know if that’s a good thing. Let’s find out.

Who blocked this shot? The Doctor is having a conversation with K9 and he’s hidden.

I like that Romana wants to stay on the TARDIS, but the Doctor should help her.

As those people stacking watermelons? Are they fishing for watermelons? Or is that squash? Yes, definitely squash.

Doctor Who‘s incidental music is some of the worst incidental music.

Part Two

This episode is very boring.

That dude looks like Peter Davison.

Part Three

Oh, the squash is an egg for terrible arachnid puppets. Oh no! They’re attacking Romana!

This set is really claustrophobic. You should at least be able to walk two-abreast.

Have you accused us of willful procrastination? HOW DARE YOU???

Romana, how dare you open the door?

Part Four

Zombie Romana likes the TARDIS.

“Doctor look out!” He looks at the person shouting, and Zombie Romana stops and waits for him.

Doctor Who Serial 110 – Meglos

Part One

The first few minutes of this, I don’t feel like Romana and the Doctor are equals. She needs the Doctor to fix K9, but I think she should be able to do that.

That dude’s wig is poorly fitted.

Aww, someone likes the Doctor and WANTS him to visit.

I think I could do a better green screen than the Doctor Who crew, and trust me, I can’t do one.

So Meglos is a sentient cactus. At least it’s not a man in a rubber suit.1

The cactus put his mind into the nerd.

Finally Romana is trying to fix K9.

My video failed exactly at the start of the loop that Meglos put the Doctor in. So I thought it broke again when the episode looped. apparently the loop is a chronic hysterectomy?

Part Two

I had to Google what was happening, it didn’t make sense that Meglos is pretending to be the Doctor.

The Doctor leaves his TARDIS door ajar a bit too often.

Part Three

“She’s seen too much, kill her!”

Why is it hard to navigate on a planet that rotates “anti-clockwise?” Also rotation is different from your point of view. Earth rotates counterclockwise from the point of view above the north pole, but clockwise from the view above the south pole.

Part Four

“Thanks be to Tigh”

Haha, the disarming of that assassin was the most ridiculous thing. They could have had drama, instead a dude kicks the gun out of his hand, and then just stands there, bored.

  1. Their men in a rubber suit are never as exciting as one would hope. []