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    Trevor Martin's death means that there is only two actors left from Part Ten of the War Games that had speaking parts - Hines and Padbury.


    Peter Purves and Jackie Lane are the only surviving speaking parts from the Celestial Toymaker.

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    Last night I settled down to watch The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion. I remembered these as decent episodes, a bit of a highlight of Series 9.

    Oh. My. Gawd.

    What a stinking, ponderous, violent load of old cobblers.

    If you think Doctor Who is the kind of show that can have the Doctor stand idly by while trained paramilitary troopers point guns at a church threatening to massacre everybody inside, then this is the show for you.

    Or maybe you prefer the retconning of Harry Sullivan's character as a man who would make a toxic nerve gas capable of murdering Zygons in their millions. I always thought he was neither cruel or smart enough to do something like that.

    Perhaps you like Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, the single flattest, dullest Doctor Who character in the shows history. Jemma Redgrave plays the part as though the only thing she can think about is keeping in the massive fart that's building up inside her. Her performance is so flat an unmemorable that every time she appears on screen I spend at least thirty seconds wondering who the hell she is.

    There's also Rebecca Front, who I'm sure is capable of great things. However, I would argue that she's a little mis-cast as a military leader. She doesn't come across as a voice of authority, she comes across as "a bit grumpy". Angela Bruce was a hundred times more convincing in a similar role and she managed to squeeze in some personality as well.

    I am *furious* about the whole Turmezistan thing. There are plenty of interesting countries in the world! It's insulting to the viewer and so f***ing parochial that they feel the need to make a country up! It reminds me of Man In A Suitcase and other 60's series where they'd make up African countries to set their stories in. It's unacceptably racist because it writes off a whole continent as an identikit mess of countries that you might as well file under "Bongo Bongo Land". It neglects how utterly different (for example) Botswana is from Nigeria. Or Morocco from South Africa. Or in Doctor Who's case, Turkmenistan from Kazhakstan.

    Above all though, The Zygon Invasion was BORING. The concept that "Anyone could be a Zygon" is explained about eight times in the first half hour. The Zygons keep mentioning "Truth or Consequences" in a meaningful way, but it doesn't make sense. What truth are they getting at? Alternatively, why drop cryptic clues about which Mexican town the plot needs to go to next?

    Anyway - I gave up after 30 minutes and watched Dave Gorman's Modern Life Is Goodish, which was much better. And featured Toby Hadoke!
    Pity. I have no understanding of the word. It is not registered in my vocabulary bank. EXTERMINATE!

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    Watching "The Mind Robber" and its lingering shot of Zoe on the console, you have to wonder what the Puberty Fairy was thinking when they did Zoe.... "I think this girl's bottom should be more... pronounced".

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    And pronounced Kardashian. "Yes, this girl should have a more kardashian seating arrangement!"

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    Sad, isn't it? Intelligent, capable, charismatic Zoe and yet all people remember her for sticking her huge butt in the air!

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    And for whether or not she knows what a candle is.

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    It's the like the "BIG BUTT SKINNER" balloon in the Simpsons, only in this case it's BIG BUTT ZOE/BIG BUTT PADBURY.

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    [fleeing the Time Lords]

    Second Doctor: "lets see if you bastards can do 90!" *flicks TARDIS switch*

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    JAMIE: Can we, Doctor?

    DOCTOR: Hush, Jamie!

    ZOE: Only isn't that the switch that flushes the chemical toilet?

    DOCTOR: Hush the lot of you! (Sudden realisation) Zoe, how long has it been since we last used that switch, and are the Time Lords downwind? Giddy aunt, I wish I'd thought of that!

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    BERNARD HORSFALL: You would do better to return of your own ac- *impact* OH, GOD! I need a time bath!

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    Masque:
    So the old console room was used at least by Troughton (the recorder) and Pertwee (his very dusty jacket), although we've never seen them use it. I can't think of any reason *why* Troughton would use it, but Pertwee makes sense. Can't get the TARDIS to work so naturally you'd try another console room. What doesn't make sense is the fact that, given his jacket AND shirt were on his butler stand, he must have been trying to control the TARDIS while shirtless.

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    Ah, well, you see, not only did the Delphons communicate with their eyebrows, they were also nudists.

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