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    They are planning to create Four/Adric audios - I think there is already a published short story from years back in the Traken/Logopolis gap.


    At the end of State of Decay, the Doctor is telling Adric in no uncertain terms that he will be returned to the Starliner, but by Warrior's Gate, they seem like old mates. So there are other planets in E-Space, just from evidence in the TV show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leah Betts View Post
    They are planning to create Four/Adric audios
    The ultimate threat! - why didn't I think of it?

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    At least we can look forward to Four/Sarah and Four/Sarah/Harry with Jon Culshaw and Sadie Miller...

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    Give them six months and Mr. Culsaw will be playing everyone!

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    Ratcliffe is in his early sixties (the actor was 63)


    So, almost retirement age.


    Why is he messing about with The Association at his age instead of growing roses and sitting back with a bottle of brandy?


    I can't see the young thugs that usually make up a fascist group having much patience for an old fart like Ratcliffe.


    As i said, even by the time of the story, Ratcliffe is getting up in years.


    Is he planning to re-conquer the British Empire in a wheelchair?

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    Davros runs the Dalek empire from a wheelchair - how old is he now?!

    Of course they're both quite mad...

    And George Sewell was playing a police superintendent into his seventies.

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    I'm currently watching/listening to The Faceless Ones for the first time. I've always rather enjoyed the two existing episodes, but it's certainly a bit of a B-Movie isn't it! The bit at the start of part 4 where the Chameleon decides not to shoot the Doctor & co, but instead leave a slow-moving laser killing beam to gradually work its way across the floor towards them, while he leaves content in the satisfaction of a job well done, is especially memorable.

    Nice to hear more of Sam though - and while it's interesting to imagine a season 5 with her rather than Victoria, I'm actually now more intrigued to speculate about 'what if' Jean Rook (Wanda Ventham) had been the new companion instead. Or Nurse Pinto...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Curnow View Post
    I'm currently watching/listening to The Faceless Ones for the first time. I've always rather enjoyed the two existing episodes, but it's certainly a bit of a B-Movie isn't it! The bit at the start of part 4 where the Chameleon decides not to shoot the Doctor & co, but instead leave a slow-moving laser killing beam to gradually work its way across the floor towards them, while he leaves content in the satisfaction of a job well done, is especially memorable.
    "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"

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    "Why, Doctor! You are rather gorgeous!" - if the Pryce Master believes that about Joanna Lumley, maybe perception filters exist in the parody universe?

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    The 2nd Doctor: "If you don't switch over to sexual air supply"
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    They were a very mediocre soft pop band that went down well in the USA. I'd never have thought of them as sexual.

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    Well since the start of the Lockdown I wanted to start going through the new series, never really got too far but I am up to Tennent and Army of Ghosts.

    (I will admit to only skipping 1 story which was Love and Monsters, I saw this recently on TV so wasn't going to watch it again on Iplayer).

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    The 5 Doctors:

    Maybe Hurndall was scooped during episode 11 of "The Dalek Master Plan" when he disappeared soon after returning to the planet Kembel... just a thought.

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    Up to Unicorn & the Wasp. Nice story.

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    Next is Planet of the Dead. I like this story.

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    The Keeper of Traken:

    Let's see... The Master arrives early, the Doctor receives an explicit summons, we see his handwriting, the Master's plan is to take over an enormous power source to effect a new body, the ruler of the planet dies, the successor (not the properly-chosen one) is the Masters pawn, the Doctor is accused of crimes he didn't commit...


    We've seen this before, haven't we? And better.

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    The Aztecs

    I've always struggled a bit with the Hartnell historicals, but this has always been the exception to the rule, and rediscovering why has made for an enjoyable revisit.
    As a 4-parter, it doesn't outstay its welcome, and the pacing of the story is spot on. It doesn't have time to sag in the same way that Marco Polo does. Of course it has the advantage of being a visual treat; especially from the costume department. But the great strength's of this story are the performances. Not only of the excellent guest cast, but of Hartnell, Russell, and most especially Jackie Hill who is given a chance to shine in what is arguably her best story in Dr Who.
    The interplay between her and Hartnell in the scene where the Doctor calls her out saying: 'But you can't re-write history! Not one line!' is wonderfully done by Hartnell, as he chews her out, and then reproachfully softens towards her. Bookended by the rueful reflections on the point of time travel at the end, are the sort of subtleties that are lovely for a children's tv series at the time.
    It's a good story for William Russell too, as Ian gets to play the hero to great effect. It reminds me how much I loved this original Tardis team, even though Susan feels somewhat surplus to requirements; with the character only really functioning as the reason why Ian and Barbara are there in the first place.
    Also what really adds to this story for me is the excellent incidental music by Richard Rodney Bennett, which provides a lot of atmosphere in this story.
    As someone who has mainly always loved DW as a Sci-Fi show. This for me is by far the best non Sci-Fi story. A very enjoyable 8.5/10.


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    Planet of Giants

    I've always been rather fond of this little story. I know it's not a stone cold classic, but I do think it tends to be somewhat underappreciated.
    For someone of my generation, who grew up with Land of the Giants, and films like The Incredible Shrinking Man, (not to mention Sci-Fi novels like 'Fratricide Is A Gas'); is was quite nice to discover that Dr Who had also used this Sci-Fi staple.
    And they made a good job of it too. At 3 episodes, it's tightly paced, and the visual effects look really rather good. The Tardis team have to think their way out their situation, and the performances, particularly Hartnell; are all very good.
    Normally, I'd give this 7/10, but I'm adding on an extra half point for Barbara in those clingy slacks.



    7.5/10

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    Yes, I'd agree with those sentimants. It is definitely an underappreciated classic.


    Onward with my run through the BBCi player episodes, I'm up to The Witch's Familiar. I must admit that Capaldi is not growing on me; infact quite the reverse. I'm finding his condescending tone with all humans to be quite off putting. His 'Lording it over' attitude is getting on my nerves. Out of the last 5 Doctors he is my least favourite...possible my least favourite of all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Gently View Post
    Onward with my run through the BBCi player episodes, I'm up to The Witch's Familiar
    You have my sympathies, Tim. The worst is yet to come.

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    I loved Capaldi's last series. At least Matt Lucas was able to do the comedy stuff leaving Capaldi to be more Doctor-ish.

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