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  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago
    Zoe 11                       - K9 8                         - Mickey 4
    - Ian 12                        - Liz 8                         Adric 2 (-2)  
    - Barbara 12 (+1)          - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                       - Jo Grant 13                - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 12            - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                   - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 13                   - Ace  8

    - Jamie 15                    - Romana I 11             - Rose 12
    Victoria 8                    - Romana II 8             - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

    30. Susan
    31: Grace
    32: Dodo
    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago
     
    Zoe 11                       - K9 8                         - Mickey 4
    - Ian 12                        - Liz 8                         - Adric 4  
    - Barbara 11                  - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                       - Jo Grant 13                - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 12            - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                   - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 13                   - Ace  8

    - Jamie 15 (+1)             - Romana I 11             - Rose 12
    Victoria 8                    - Romana II 8             - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

    30. Susan 0 (-2)
    31: Grace
    32: Dodo
    33: Mel

     

  • Doctor Who: Radio Free Skaro   5 years 17 weeks ago

    A new Radio Free Skaro episode!:

    It’s not often that the Three Who Rule spend more than a minute dismissing Torchwood out of hand, much less being interested in a new series of everyone’s tolerated younger, ganglier cousin to Doctor Who. But that strange event is precisely what happened (explained away with string theory and many a complicated equation, most likely), along with some pre Comic Con banter and oh yes, a commentary on The Empty Child.

    Direct download

    Check http://www.radiofreeskaro.com for your Radio Free Skaro needs!

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  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago
    Susan 2 (-2)                 - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                
    - Ian 12                        - Liz 8                         - Adric 4              - Mickey 4
    - Barbara 11                  - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                      - Jo Grant 13                 - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 12            - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                   - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 13 (+1)             - Ace  8

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11             - Rose 12
    Victoria 8                    - Romana II 8             - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

    31: Grace
    32: Dodo
    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago

     Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                         Adric 3 (-2) PLUS 1=4      - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 11                  - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                      - Jo Grant 13                 - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 14 (+1) -2=12     - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                   - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                   - Ace  7

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11             - Rose 12
    Victoria 8                    - Romana II 8             - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

  • LOGOPOLIS   5 years 17 weeks ago
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    A GREAT ENDING! An era ending. Possibly DW will never be this good again. I didn't think this at the time but I should have figuring in the two poor new female companions, the bad acting from both of them and the goofy doofus that sat up at the end. But when I first watched this it was terribly exicting and a great end for Tom's Doctor, saving the whole universe and making a mistake that caused some of it in the first place. The setting was great, the sky looks dark and cloudy at times, the morning over Pharos is appropriate, the Watcher trusts Adric and has a conversastion with him. Love to know what was said. Adric is very sympathetic again as Nyssa watches her homeworld snuffed out (frankly that's karma as the Trakanites seemed to me to be both stupid and devious) but the point is, Adric cared about things.

    Tegan's sort of annoying again and to be honest, having Tegan and Nyssa claim companion status at this point is sort of...dubious at best. They really didn't know the Doctor that long and it's annoying that they seem to act as if they did/do.

    I'm not sure wht games the Master is playing by not taking his TARDIS to the tower, perhaps he wanted alone time with the controls which is what he got. Frankly, while this is much better, the set up reminds me of the first Master ep: a tower, a trap for the Doctor, and the Master. 

    Some say that it's anti climatic for the Tom Doctor to fall off a gantry with a hose but I think it's appropriate (especailly that he's saving the universe he so extensively travled through) and the fight could have gone on longer but it was okay, and having the Master trip over the scarf...then hey what was that Peter's Doctor unravels later on? ...is appropriate and funny and daring to have the Doctor go out that way. I didn't quite get the whole CVE thing. DIdn't the project need to keep running for it to keep working? WOuldn't taking the hose out stop it? Or was there a more permanent solution that didn't iinvolve the Project or the radio tower. And why does the Master seem so happy when he's really lost effectively but...maybe it's the Doctor's death that makes him laugh so or maybe he thinks the Doc will regenerate. At one point on the telescope tower the Master's face is a frozen cardboard cut out! I wondered why but at the time I didn't see that.

    The flashbacks: brilliant. Nowadays tv viewers are so used to flashbacks but back then DW didn't really have very many unlike other 70s tv shows (SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN had over ten minutes of flashbacks once and clip shows---DW almost never did this and never cheated the audience). Not that I think this was a cheat. JNT did another  good move with these flashbacks---he's gatherng up a great track record this JNT and topping off the season in a great fashion. It was nice to see the villains and the companions of the 4th Doctor say goodbye in flashback...and it was giving me goosebumps even the last time I watched it. Just today.

    The revelation that the Watcher is the Doctor may seem old hat now but then...it was just marvelous. Who would have thought that? Amazing. An amazing end and amazing music to follow it all throughout this ep in particular.       

    I also like the "out of time and space" scenes, remensicent of the same type of stuff in THE MIND ROBBER but not as drawn out here. Adric shines in these scenes and does the Doctor stuff here while Nyssa just asks questions and looks upset and maybe even bored.

    A great story and a sad ending for the 4th Doctor but fitting and when i just watched this today, I felt it was the end of the show, for the downhill slide will come, slowly but it will come and it starts right with FOUR TO DOOMSDAY...

    For one thing, I've stated this already but it's important to reiterate it: Tom cared about DW. It really saved his career rather than wreck it. For god's sakes, he was working on a construction site after having done some very big movies. He cared about DW and the series and the character. HE cared about the stories, the other characters and the scripts. He didn't always have the best ideas but sometimes he did and he knew what scripts would work and what wouldn't and I believe producers and writers and directors made careful around him to make stories that made sense, were fairly good, and moved along with proper care and attitude. Once he left, this went downhill and the scripts stunk, rarely made any sense, weren't fairly good, and while there were some very good ones along the way, for the most part, the show dipped into illogical nonsense with only soap opera stuff that could keep any interest and even that was't well done...the emotional stuff went out of it the moment it appeared (witness the Brig's dilemma in MAWDRYN UNDEAD) for stuff that seemed really dumb (Nyssa and Tegan turning old and turning young, something that could have been really well done and scary but that was done as if it wre just an aside and poorly done at that). Davison is no Baker and while I like him, he's not the caring for DW type. I think he tried and I think his ideas were no where near as good as Baker's for the most part. And then where Baker didn't often get his way (a cabbage for a companion which I"m sure was just a joke on his part), Davison got his in one important way (Keep Nyssa and dump Adric or Tegan; too bad it wasn't Tegan). Then Nyssa left, not long after and they kept using Adric replacements in scripts until they got Turlough, one of the worst companions ever and the worst casting ever. I mean I like Strickson but really, do you believe him as a school boy? And for the much touted, "None of his compansions have ever tried to kill him before when starting out," I have two words, "Sara Kingdom" a much better written and realized character. 

    Another thing about LoGOPOLIS is it's amazing to see Adric and Nyssa leave the TARDIS with suce aplomb and giddiness and confidence, ala THE AVENGERS Steed and Mrs Peel. In fact, I'm sure the pair of them could carry on their own show all on their own as juvenile leads. They really shine in their stuff together and away from the Doctor, theyre even more interesting. Can't say the same for Tegan, who's just boring.

     So I guess what I"m saying is that once Tom left the show slipped in quality and that slip would slowly dip so that anyone talented left the show, was ignored (Barbara Clegg), or wasn't used. The dip was as much Eric Saward's fault as much as JNT but both are to blame. What follows isn't a pretty story but at least Davison's era held it together somewhat. Then we got Colin's era (a giant mess in more ways than one even though I like Colin) and the start of McCoy's first season was even worse...a horror show gone horrible. Horribly wrong. It picked up a bit afterward but never fully recovered and also gave us Ace. God help us.    

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago
    Looks like something went wrong there Chase. Just fix it and place my vote
    - Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                
    - Ian 12                        - Liz 8                         - Adric 4              - Mickey 4 (-2)
    - Barbara 11                  - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                      - Jo Grant 13                 - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 12            - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                   - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                   - Ace  8 (+1)

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11             - Rose 12
    Victoria 8                    - Romana II 8             - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

    31: Grace
    32: Dodo
    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago

    Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                         Adric 3 (-2)plus one = FOUR       - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 11                  - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                      - Jo Grant 13                 - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 14 (+1) MINUS TWO = 12     - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10         

  • LOGOPOLIS   5 years 17 weeks ago
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    Okay Tegan gets a little better here. Tom has what might be his first real scene of comforting someone who's lost a relative, beyond just a casual comment when he tells Tegan about her Aunt's murder. And Janet does a good job here and throughout the episode really, without grating and she does seem to help the Doctor. of course it is Adric who helps the most, helping the Monitor locate the fault and falliable as ever, making at least one mistake.

    Ainley shines as the Master throughout and I've always enjoyed his portrayal. JNT if the DVD text can be believed nixed Ainley's desire to play for laughs so this is ANOTHER good move by JNT to curtail alot of humor coming from the Master. There is some but not a lot and that's a good thing. His desire to have the Doctor's body in KEEPER OF TRAKEN heralds the TV MOVIE and yet here he gets Tremas's body. A creepy villain at least here in this story and his taking over of Nyssa is excellent. He shows real strength here just as the Fourth Doctor shows some real vulnerability ("I'm an ignorant old Doctor and I've made a mistake"). He's done that before and admitted it but here, after so many infalliable stories for him, it's jarring and in a good way for the age old character. Well done to Tom, Ainley, the man who convincingly plays the Monitor, and Fielding and Waterhouse for some strong performances. Even Sutton seems spot on.

    The explanations are more forthcoming. The intonations keep the CVEs open to keep the universe from entropy which it has long passed it. Even the Doctor is suprised by this. And it so fits in with the Master that he does not know it all before he starts his stupid plan...this has been his undoing before as in the tepid CLAWS OF AXOS. And elsewhere I"m sure. He just thinks he can do it all but without all the info.

    The Doctor's chasitzing of the "companions" is funny as its true: he's never really chosen his own company, even Romana. I like how he hurries them into the TARDIS and the cliffhanger is just super. Tom's face of disgust shows how the Doctor feels about shaking hands with the Master.

    The feeling of doom comes from not the Doctor but the falling apart of the planet. A great episode and strong and different. JNT successfully brought back the Master and in a good story with differences from previous Master ones.     

  • LOGOPOLIS   5 years 17 weeks ago
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     One obvious thing was scenes filmed out of order: Adric's pants by his butt are very wet before he fakes the fall in order to distract the policemen. The same thing seems to happen to the Monitor's hair in ep3: it looks like the debris fell on him before it was supposed to as he has debris in it before he is suposed to unless there is  a cut scene or we're supposed to imagine that some fell on him when he was walking in the streets.

    Okay here we go. There's so much written about this that's wrong: funeral atmosphere? Not much. Some funeral type music and some death and scary stuff that's typical of the show overall. Also: Tom's in a sulkly mood, well, compared to the last three seasons or more, yeah but he's no less sulky in say PRYAMIDS OF MARS than in this. ANd yes, he's self aware that this is his last story but we get SOME Tomism laughs and comments here, not a dirth of them but a few.

    When Tegan arrivers in the console room she's brash, annoying, grating...and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Tom's facial expressions as she shrieks, "I demand...to know " whatever or whoever he is --it speaks volumes what he really thinks of her voice and of her and it is my opinion too. She's almost hard to take in this and other scenes. Yet despite how people always seems to remember or misremember Adric---he's STILL sympathetic to her despite her bossiness, her nasty attitude and her demands and annoying ways. He, not the Doc, is the one who introduces himself and the Doc. It is the Doc, who doesn't know what to do with her and who makes a small joke about seeing a little of her aunt.Even on Logopolis, Adric treats Tegan with kindness.

    To be fair, Fielding does imbibe Tgan with a little good acting here and there, mostly when she's lost and crying in the TARDIS...but that's about it. The rest is just poor acting and annoying charcter traits.  Thankfully she loses this by the time she's about to leave the show!

    Adric again helps the Doctor escape--this time the police when he could have told them to call UNIT, that half top secret organization. And again, Adric is the one who wants to support and protect the Doctor. And it is he that knows a great deal about the TARDIS. It feels as if there's been more adventures someplace as the Doc and Adric shut down systems and the boy knows more about the TARDIS than ever. I also like to imagine adventures with the Doc and Adric while Tegan, half starved, wanders the corridors en route to Logopolis.   

    And who in their right mind, would try to use a police box in 1981 or whenever this is suposed to take place? Honestly were there any working in that time?

    In any event, despite reminding me briefly of the boring Leisure Hive aliens, Logopolis seems to be one of those strange worlds that is just great for sci fi and fantasy. The dvd text tells us that the ones in the cells don't have to talk but do eat and do read books and the  Monitor is the interface between the users and the cmputer intonaton. Gee, Chris, you think you would have maybe told us that. That's the problem with Chris, I love his stuff and he claims to be scientific but he leaves out the science in stuff and makes us wonder then why it seems like so much magic...which it still might if he offered explanations. Still, it might take whole eps to explain all this to us!

    The Monitor is one of those happy aliens who is just glad to see the Doc and his friends and it's a shame what happens to him later. I really like him as a guest alien and I often don't like guest aliens. The costumes look great and might be left overs fro LEISURE HIVE and their brains remind me of the Leisure Hive aliens. But never mind, this is better.

    The location work is nice and love the boat scene and the bridge scene and the Watcher., Despite the Doc saying this hasn't happened before---it has. We don't know it yet but the Watcher is the Doctor...it happened in PLANET OF THE SPIDERS but not to the Doc which maybe why the 4th Doc says it hasn't happened before...to him. The Third Doctor's Mentor KnRanpo or whatever his name was had a future version of himself, Cho Je around as a kind of Watcher but it w asn't called the Watcher. ANyway here it's done much much better with a kind of atmosphere.

    I always wondered what the talks betwween the Watcher and the Doctor were about in this ep and in later eps between the Watcher and Adric. DId the 4th Doc try to (in the script it was a heated debate or an almost duel like stand off between Watcher and Doctor) convince the Watcher he can change the future and not regenerate but stay the 4th or did he try to convince the Watcher that he can't take the Master to Logoplis. Let's face it and there's no getting around it...the Doctor's stupid plan (more on that later) to wash the Master out of the TARDIS fails and he knows it...and despite what he said earlier about unleashing the Master on Logopolis, he must know as he takes the Master there anyway and the Master destroys it and almost the rest of the Universe, even destroying Traken. Of course, it all got away from the Master early on but more on that next ep. So did the Doctor know about ...and just how far into the future does the Watcher see? Just until the Davison Doctor sits up? Did he know about Adric's "death" later on?

    Also: just how did the Watcher bring Nyssa to Logopolis? Why did the Doc abandon his plan to go afater Nyssa and why did Adric think The Doc was going after Nyssa? And what were the conversations about between Nyss and the Watcher? SHe must have known something about him. I mean look at him/it. WOuld you take a ride with that thing without knowing what it was? In the very least she had to know something about it...maybe eve that it was a Time Lord.  And why didn't the Doctor tell Adric what the Watcher was in detail? Maybe to preserve time and the future?

    Did the Doc know about the  Monitor's death and how the Master would dsetroy Logopolis and nearly the whole universe and he could do nothing to change that the way it happened? That he would fall? We'll never really know will we?

    Tom's very good throughout to be honest. SO is Waterhouse.

    The Dvd text tells us that it was a strong possibility that Davison's Doctor could have been traveling iwth just Adric. Pity that it wasn't that way. Still Davison's Doctor IS just like Adric so it would have been two of the same but I'd have taken even that compared to what we got. Nyssa's arrival is contrived and short but she still can't act, nor does Tegan's greeting of her inspire...the pair of them are awful and shuld never have been made full companions. At least the idea of Nyssa, a supposedly peace ful being from a supposed peace planet, now thrust into a savage dangerous universe...is a good idea but the truth is that that idea was never fully realized and she picks up a gun easily by ARC OF INFINITY withoiut ever experiencing doubts. Still she did it to save the Doc but at that point I was so mad at him, I wanted the wimp to be put to death. WOuld have served him right for having left Adric to die.

    In any event, this puts to death the idea that THE UNFOLDING TEXT put forth that Adric was introduced JUST to have the audience identify with someone as the old Doc changes over to the New Doc. If that were the case maybe they should have used an old companion but they tried so maybe that has some merit after all, the argument not the idea that a new Doctor would need a VERY old companion such as Leela or Sarah Jane to make him ease in. That told me that JNT didn't have any faith in his new Doctor, the new scripts, the script editor, the companion (ADRIC) or companions (the girls) that he created to have them cross over the old DOc into the new. TO be fair, he might have created the girls as companions only afater both Louise Jamieson and Lis Sladen turned down his offer to cross over Tom into Peter. To be honest, that's  a bad idea. To have at this time in the series when things were progressing ahead to have old companoins return ....a bad idea. But whatever.

    It worked out the way it worked out. Now as to the flushing the Master out of the TARDIS by landing underwater! ? WTF? Stupidest idea here ever.

    One thing that is interesting about that is that in the original script, the Doctor tells Adric he will just materialize the TARDIS someplace else and TURN IT INSIDE OUT! WHat? He can do that?

    Anyway LOGOPOLIS remains, for me, entertaining, despite the horrid character of Tegan and the contrived return of the equally poor Nyssa. Some good ideas and some novel ideas for TV SCI FI and any flmed sci fi.              

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago
    - Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                         Adric 3 (-2)       - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 11                  - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                      - Jo Grant 13                 - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 14 (+1)      - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                   - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                   - Ace  7

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11             - Rose 12
    Victoria 8                    - Romana II 8             - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

    31: Grace
    32: Dodo
    33: Mel

  • The Minute Doctor Who Podcast   5 years 17 weeks ago

    The latest episode is now online. This time the Mastermind competition starts.

    Episode 17 - Mastermind with Tony Gallichan

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 17 weeks ago
    - Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                         - Adric 5             - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 11 (+1)          - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                      - Jo Grant 13                 - Tegan 8           Donna 11
    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 13            - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                   - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                   - Ace  7

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11             - Rose 12
    Victoria 8 (-2)              - Romana II 8             - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

    31: Grace
    32: Dodo
    33: Mel

     

  • Taras' Big Finish rating omnibus   5 years 17 weeks ago

    which ep had the return of the KEEPER OF TRAKEN Master? that was a bloody surrpise and fascinating to boot. I give that  a ten if I could remember which audio that was.

  • Staggering Stories Podcast   5 years 18 weeks ago

    Have we woken from our 1968 coma?  Yes, Staggering Stories Podcast 48: Our Segments Overrunneth is now available!

    We cover:
    Doctor Who: The Invasion.
    Ashes to Ashes.
    Primeval.
    Real Keith's Escape Pod Discs.
    Plus, as ever, lots of news (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval and more!)

    More madness than seeing Gene Hunt in Jackanory!



    Available on iTunes and most other major podcast directory sites.

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    You can drop us a line at show@staggeringstories.net or visit our Main Site or Blog

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 18 weeks ago

    - Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                          - Adric 5             - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 10               - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7
    - Vicki 8                      - Jo Grant 13 (+1)        - Tegan 8           Donna 11

    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 13           - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                    - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                     - Ace  7

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11              - Rose 12
    Victoria 10                 - Romana II 8               - Captain Jack 9

    __________________________________________________________________________

    31: Grace 0 (-2)

    32: Dodo

    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 18 weeks ago

    - Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8                 - Captain Jack 9
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                          - Adric 4              - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 10               - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 7 (+1)
    Vicki 8 (-2)              - Jo Grant 12                 - Tegan 8             Donna 11

    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 13           - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    Harry 12                    - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                     - Ace  7

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11              - Grace 2
    Victoria 10                 - Romana II 8               - Rose 12 
     

    __________________________________________________________________________

    32: Dodo

    33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 18 weeks ago

    Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8 (-2)           - Captain Jack 9
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                          - Adric 4 (plus 1) = 5             - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 10                - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 6
    - Vicki 10                     - Jo Grant 12               - Tegan 8             Donna 11

    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 13           - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    - Harry 12                    - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                     - Ace  7

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11              - Grace 2
    - Victoria 12 (+1)MINUS TWO =10           - Romana II 8               - Rose 12 
     

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  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 18 weeks ago

    Yeah, I tend to forget about this story when saying that the only bad story in Hartnell's time was THE CHASE. This one can be equally bad at times. It's very old hat: the Amazons in space vs the ugly but kind monsters who can't breath like us. It's very pre Flash Gordon and the desert planet, if photos and recons can be taken into consideration is also old hat but well visuallized, probably.

    The recon and the audio and the rest all show one thing: lots of dead time is given over to Chumblies moving about, examining, etc. It seems to move at a snail's pace and really even once put me to sleep. The whole story is sleep inducing especially in eps 1 and 2. It does pick up a bit in ep3 and 4 and yeah, they leave the bints to die which is as it should be. Tough, too bad so sad for them. They were evil.

    Hartnell, it must be said, is in top form in this but I feel the same way as you do about not just Steven but Vicki as well. Vicki seems to me in this to be annoying and grating, Steven arrogant and tough armed and not in a good way. He was not endearing in this but in some of the later ones, he is IMO. Vicki just seems ..wrong in this so maybe she had Barbara's lines or Ian's. As for saying an alien female can't overpower a male Earthlings...that's sexist isn't it? Perhaps Ian was also to be overcome by a female alien Dravhin. Which brings me to one silly point of my own: the alien "clones" of Maaga or whatever her name is: do they remind anyone of the female clone guards and warriors of Servalan in BLAKE'S SEVEN? they do me. I mean...you know what I mean.

    From what we can tell the Rills were interesting looking and ugly but it is nice to have an alien race that cannot breath our air. I'm not sure which came first LOST IN SPACE's THE GOLDEN MAN or this but both show that the pretty, handsome looking beings can be the evil ones and the ugly not so good looking beings can be the allies. All in all, not as bad as THE CHASE and it holds together story and plot wise but oh boy, does it move slowly at first...and it's not exactly filled with dynamic ideas OR performances except for Hartnell. His old man Doctor is at the fore and his guardedness with the female aliens at first makes me think he knew all about how evil they were from the outset. Brilliant that.      

  • The Keeper of Traken   5 years 18 weeks ago
    4

    4

    So it ends and so well too. What struck me most was that Adric was pretty much the savior here, acting on the Doctor's work and advice but free to do so and Nyssa pretty much helped him, watching him do the hard stuff. Also: Adric's most sympathetic here to the Traken way of life and seems very upset that perhaps they will have to destroy the source. He's a much rounded character here and the build up from his start is rather good.

    Anthony Ainley does a great job in this ep but so does Tom Baker. "I used to know a remedy for mad dogs..."  the Doctor finally is told it is the Master...or rather shown it is the Master. The Master Tardis scene is a bit strange in set design but no matter, it's a great scene and how the Doctor gets out is dramatic in itself but...is that the way out of the dimensional threshold? In any event the entire thing is well done if a bit ...not explained in every detail.

    Again, it is Adric who saves the day by clocking in the two numbers of the three so that the Doc can get out and clock in the last one. And the Doc is shown as falliable as the end is a shocking ending...the Master takes over Tremas's body. Now, here it's not explained or shown that Tremas was killed in any way...that comes later and that's  a good thing...for it  keeps us guessing if Tremas can somehow come out of the Master's hold...

    JNT it has been said, added the Master to this story. If so that's yet ANOTHER brilliant thing JNT has done for DW in this season. Bravo to him. Hope he keeps that inventiveness up and not introduce any companions who just start out in mid season...or anything like that. Or let female companions take over again....when this is working out so well and so fresh...

    Anyway, a good episode, a great ending to a great story with fleshed out planet, fleshed out characters and a bit wonky science but great ideas and great acting for the most part. Nyssa still did not really make an impression. Too bad Beavers couldn't play the Master longer in this form but Ainley will follow to do a GREAT job too.   

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 18 weeks ago

    My clean-up didn't work as well as I hoped.

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 18 weeks ago

    - Susan 4                    - Zoe 11                       - K9 8 (-2)           - Captain Jack 9
    - Ian 12                      - Liz 8                          - Adric 4              - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 10                - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10           - Martha 6
    - Vicki 10                     - Jo Grant 12               - Tegan 8             Donna 11

    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 13           - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    - Harry 12                    - Peri 10
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                     - Ace  7

    - Jamie 14                    - Romana I 11              - Grace 2
    - Victoria 12 (+1)           - Romana II 8               - Rose 12 
     

    __________________________________________________________________________

    32: Dorthea "Dodo" Chaplet

    33: Melanie "Mel" Bush      

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   5 years 18 weeks ago

    Well, the Chumblies what can one say! Cute Dalek wannabees. Maybe I'll build one after I finish my Dalek, though it will have to come after the K9, the TARDIS, the War Machine and the Mechanoid (Just joking about the last three - as they are too big to store).

    It seemed to me that this whole story was a moral tale about racism with a bit of 'beauty and the beast' thrown in i.e. "don't look at me, I'm too horrible.". However, it seemed to me that there was an unintended sexist undertone - Women are unreasonable, manipulative and evil (but we all know that Kiss- just joking!! )

    Interesting comment from Peter Purves at the beginning of the Loose Canon recon, about how the scripts were stiil being written for the original TARDIS crew at this point and that he got Barbara's part. Which was why he was beaten in the fight with the Drahvin. I wonder who got Ian's lines/actions? Vicki??

    I must say I was a little surprised that everyone was kind of okay about leaving the Drahvin to die in the last episode, there seemed very little soul searching or guilt.

    I am not taking to Steven too much, which is surprising as I grew up watching Peter Purves several time a week on Blue Peter and was looking forward to these stories. His character is just to brash, wreckless and ready to blame others (as I write this I have just finished the third part of The Mythmakers - so the comment is applies to more than this episode and the Time Meddler). With Vicki I disliked her in the first story, but quickly grew fond of her, I don't find this happening with Steven, even though I want to like him. He certainly is not areplacement for Ian.

    Overall, this was a middle of the road story, not brilliant, not terrible. The Rill were interesting and the Chumblies quite cute. Not too taken with the Drahvin though.

  • The Keeper of Traken   5 years 18 weeks ago

    3

    Gosh, that was a good episode! I mean ep3's are not often but this one was just bloody fun, bloody brilliant, and bloody good. I'm sorry but I didn't notice it then but I do now: Sarah Sutton's just not very good an actress. And people pick on Matthew. I just don't find her very believable. Likeable, yes, believeable no. Still she gets a chance to shine here and warm to the character and make the audience like her, which she invariably did.

    There's action galore here for once and the sets that involved the chase and just about everything else are brilliant, colorful in all the right places, and dark in the others. The cell looks like a dank cell for once and the tree groves and sanctum are just all well made and well filmed.

    Tom has a ton of Tom-isms that are just...fun, funny and fit in well. There's more in this episode than the last two or three. I love his "what can't be cured must be endured" and then Adric's' "that's the silliest thing you've ever said," to which Tom replies, "Yes, yes, shh, don't listen to me, I never do."  And there's much more. Someone says there's snot coming out his nose in the cell scene and I don't recall seeing it on first viewing nor in this one but if  you look for it, I think you'll see it as once before I did. Also at times, Tom plays it pretty straight and again, he reminds me, I don't know why, of Richard Basehart in VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA particulary the later VOYAGEs. It could be that Basehart, like Tom, was unphazed by the bad scripts even though hating them, and that he felt the only way to cope (besides drinking, like Basehart) was to play it competely straight at times with some quips at others. The two have a lot more in common than one might first think, which is why I think a fan ficction writer once had the companions wonder if Admiral Nelson was somehow the Doctor regenrated when the Doc was lost and had his memory taken or something.

    Anyhow I don't see the science in the Keepership...it is really more like magic. Bryne supposedly used some of the Space: 1999 concepts in METAMORPH to copy but it still comes off as magic here, but in 1999 at least some attempt was made to call it psyche or something or other. Not to matter, I've always accepted DW as magical anyway, I just hate it when it gets all  hypocritical and starts behaving like science is the only thing as in Pertwee stories or as in "there is no magic" type stories. Clearly in this DW universe, there is. I also hate Traken. The politics and agendas are worse than on Earth and clearly they are not a peace loving society. Even those not taken over the ...well, the Master in his emaciated form frm DEADLY ASSASSin...a LOVELY touch to have him back in THAT form! And if anything he looks even more creepy as if he's tried to regenerate again and failed or something. He has some more flesh on him. And looks burned! Ahhh, yes, those not taken over the Master include almost everyone but Kassia but the Fosters can be bribed, Kutura doesn't trust Tremas or the Doctor and is generally stupid as is Luvic.

    The storm: laughable. Again, I've mentioned Irwin Allen shows and if they did one thing correctly (alot of things in my book imo but...) it was storms. A windstorm on LOST IN SPACE is a lot more dangerous looking than what was going on in the lightning wind storm in this ep and it just looks silly here in KEEPER OF TRAKEN. Having an old woman and a goofy guy move around while wind and lighting effects lamely try to show us the "danger" is just...lame. Ditto the scenes of the Doctor (notice how Baker goes for laying around on the ground with Sarah!) and company falling on their asses during the said "storm". Not a good storm to be honest but it does the job I guess. Also note how Sarah touches the Tardis doors and they almost open.

    And again, the writer of this story is giving Adric mature things to say and do and in a way making him more mature than the Doctor and even advanced beyond maths and in science. I also like how Nyssa mentions Adric's name before the Doctor's when talking about them in one part. That says something. Adric is sort of like Robin to Tom's Batman in this ep and I wished to heaven that this could/would have continued. In the next story we get, unbelievably an air stewardess chiming in "for what it's worth" as she puts it herself. And it's pretty poor to see the early Tegan trying to be all serious and scientific.

    I like the ion bonder. Why didn't the Doctor keep it for later eps? Or maybe he did? I can't recall but he certainly didn't use it. I do think it would have been yuet another problem solver like K9 or even THE TARDIS or the Sonic Screwdriver. But for pete's sake, the Doc has to have some leverage over something. He certainly can't fight...not really. I know that the Pertwee Doctor could but...in all truth, he hardly even had the upper hand in physical confrontations most of the time and as for the other Doctors...I guess they could get lucky in some fights but they were no Bruce Lee...

    All in all,   a good ep to bring back the Master and it's particulary cool that the Melkur is actually the Master's TARDIS! Who can't wait to see the Doc and the Master meet in the last ep? THIS is how to do a Master returns story, not...well you know what i mean.

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   5 years 18 weeks ago

    Globe trotting at the moment. Belgium and the Netherlands last week, Tokyo this week (it's really difficult to keep track of the 24 hour delay thing!! As Idion says above,

    what's up with the editor? It is behaving really oddly, this keep rearranging themselves as I type.

     

    - Susan 4                     - Zoe 11                        - K9 10               - Captain Jack 9     
    - Ian 12                       - Liz 8                          - Adric 4                - Mickey 6
    - Barbara 10                 - The Brigadier 15         - Nyssa 10              - Martha 6 (-2)               
    - Vicki 10                     - Jo Grant 12                 - Tegan 8             Donna 11 
                                  

    - Stephen 10                 - Sarah Jane 13           - Turlough 8 
    - Polly 10                      
    - Harry 12                    - Peri 10                                              
    - Ben 10                       - Leela 12                     - Ace  7 (+1)       
                              
    - Jamie 14                      - Romana I 11              - Grace 2      
    - Victoria 11                  - Romana II 8                 - Rose 12 
                     

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