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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. []

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. []

Doctor Who Serial 109 – The Leisure Hive

Part One

I’m so excited. John Leeson is back as K9.

Oh shit, this is when the credits got super ’80s, and it looks like John Nathan-Turner is now the show runner until cancellation.

Wait! K9 can literally explode with contact with water? That seems… stupid.

Wow, the production seems like a night and day difference. And the music is garbage.

It is nice to be brought into a board meeting. Those are fun at work, I just love them in my sci-fi.

So they bring us into a board meeting where one decision was made, then the next scene, the exact opposite opinion is decided.

Oh, the first appearance of lapel question marks. The ’80s really were such a bad idea.

Part Two

That’s a big lizard hand.

Hey Lizard! You don’t go around crushing peoples’ glasses!

Part Three

Let’s keep the Tom Baker train going! We’re nearly at the end. Gotta turn down the volume, as the Mrs. is in the next room doing a homework video chat.

Tom Baker’s old man makeup is actually decent.

Part Four

“I love that the weird alien costumes, the non-humanoids, is something I could make.” My wife

“Don’t cross your bridges before they’re hatched.” – The Doctor

That helmet looks like a… helmet.

Doctor Who Serial X – Shada

Part One

Wow, this opening is wonderful. “SHADA!” I’ve never seen “Shada” before, so this should be a romp, or it will be terrible. Tom is having a ridiculous soliloquy. I wonder how much of this is going to be Tom Baker talking to himself.

Oh, we get opening credits!

Sleeping with your buddies is fun… More fun when you’re all sleeping around a ball on a glowing pyramid.

Is that Robert Webb? That dude looks a lot like Robert Webb. OH MY GOD! EVERYONE OTHER THAN ROBERT WEBB IS DOING A LITTLE SEAT DANCE!

Professor Chronotis? I’m guessing this guy is a time traveller.

He pulls a book fresh out of a bag from purchasing it, and starts it in the middle? It’s HG Wells’ The Time Machine. So he’s obviously a time traveller.

Damn, Robert Webb. I love your outfit!

There’s a LOT more footage than I expected. Tom Baker just had a quick interjection and it was his first one in 13 minutes.

I want Robert Webb’s outfit, SO MUCH!

Romana just said “I had it when I was a Time Tot.” Time Tot!!!! Why hasn’t NuWho ever used that phrase?

Part Two

I’m now learning that there’s a newer animated reconstruction.

“What’s that thing you strain ice with?” Why would you strain ice? Is he being eccentric or is the past weird?

OH NO! He has a bag of ball!

Beware the spheres! The Toclafane?

“You will give me everything in your mind”

The sphere is chasing the Doctor. This show really loves extremely slow chases.

Part Three

British guy fishing seems to be the most British a fisher could possibly be.

If you knock and no one answers, you don’t just go in. C’mon lady, he could be in the buff.

It’s a cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey. Captain Kirk and co. stole it, brought it back to the 20th century, parked it, and are out looking for new whales.

Yikes, that might be the worst chromakey I’ve ever seen.

“I let the sphere believe I was stupid.” That is total Doctor Who, fool electronics by pretending to be dumb.

Part Four

Let’s keep this going! This is gonna be great!

There’s too much exposition provided by Tom Baker to make this interesting to watch, but finally we have an actual scene. They’re using the sphere to read the Doctor’s mind again? This is what’s wrong with classic Who. They try a plot point and then do it again, because the stories are just plainly too long.

Part Five

I sometimes watch Doctor Who and wonder why they’re doing something and what they’re trying to achieve, and not sure if the actors or screenwriters even know. Like the opening scene, the Doctor is falling towards the monster, it swings its arm and attacks the Doctor in slow motion. Why was the Doctor going to get in position to be hit? What were the stage directions?

I forgot Robert Webb was in this.

None of my Doctor Who blog posts make any sense whatsoever.

Director: Okay, I want you to exit this room in such a way that is extremely awkward. Make sure that you don’t show what’s behind the door.

Part Six

“I burst through the nearest door.” He really did burst through that door. Good describing, Tom Baker.

This episode has a lot more narration than the rest of the serial, but that’s not surprising.

I love Douglas Adams, but he was wrong to think that watching two people try to hold levers is interesting.

Doctor Who Serial 107 – Nightmare of Eden

Part One

I’m loving this jaunty tune, perhaps the best piece of soundtrack from Doctor Who.

That co-pilot is an asshole. Thank farts the Doctor just arrived. I forgot that K9’s voice is wrong. It’s been some time since I watched some classic Doctor Who. Took November and December off from Doctor Who, it was well needed.

Uh oh, the Doctor chose a bad cover.

Co-pilot is a drug-runner!

Part Two

They really need to work on their monsters. These are so ridiculously bad.

Wait! Is the Doctor chasing an Elvis impersonator? Shit, I think he is. It’s a train full of Elvis impersonators!

The cops fell for the oldest trick in the book!

Part Three

I get to watch the cops falling for the oldest trick in the book again. It’s just as enjoyable the second time.

The piano soundtrack, however, is less enjoyable. It feels like an old silent movie.

That plant looks like a vulva.

I like the Roger McGuinn sunglasses that the scientist wears. He’s less cool than Roger McGuinn.

If an actor flubs their line, do another take, c’mon Doctor Who!

“It’s a perfectly ordinary electric dog.”

“If you see the Doctor, or his lady companion, kill them!” LADY COMPANION!

Part Four

Romana’s a naughty bitch. She’s gonna touch the controls, even if the copper is telling her not to.

K9 referring to the Doctor as “the Master” is confusing. They have another character named the Master!

The companion of the scientist reminds me of Ace.

Is anyone else watching Little America on AppleTV+? It’s quite good. Only two episodes in so far.

I didn’t notice how many sequins the cops are wearing.

The Mandrels are adorable!!

The Doctor is the pied piper of Mandrels.

Doctor Who Serial 106 – The Creature from the Pit

Part One

Yes! Ritualistic murder.

K9’s voice is horrible.

I like Romana being his “Commander.” Yes, ma’am!

Aww, their murder is done by democracy.

I like the engineers.

Part Two

I like the pet plants attacking K9.

Hahaha, the Doctor pulling out a book on climbing Everest, it being in Tibet, then pulling out a book to teach yourself Tibetan… all while hanging on a cliff-face. That might be the best joke in the series so far… all 17 seasons.

So much slapping in this season of Doctor Who.

The creature from the pit looks like a penis.

I like the Nostradamus hanging out in the pit.

I expected her to shout “Tin dog! Bad boy!”

K9’s new voice actor always sounds really sad. He’s not Marvin.

Hi-ho, hi-ho, into the pit we go…

Part Three

Aww the Doctor is communicating telepathically with the penis puppet. Now he’s putting the penis part of the puppet in his mouth and shouting “I am friend.”

Part Four

The lady is terrible! She’s cruel.

Death by weed.

Haha! He said aluminum is the silly British way.

I think I need a Doctor Who break, so I’m going to binge BoJack Horseman season 6 part one before I watch some more.