Watchers in the Fourth Dimension: A Doctor Who Podcast
Bonus Episode 11: When RPA Goes Wrong

Bonus Episode 11: When RPA Goes Wrong

September 19, 2021

In this bonus episode, “When RPA Goes Wrong,” Anthony and Julie tackle Binary – a Companion Chronicle from Big Finish! This audio features the amazing Caroline John as Liz Shaw, as she battles to escape from a sentient computer that’s fallen into the hands of UNIT.

 

Join Anthony and Julie as they discuss this story, bringing up subjects as diverse as the ethics of sentient computers, luges, body horror, inhuman screeching, and whether the Doctor’s always right. Julie talks about her professional interaction with bots, and Anthony applies some historical methodology to the script. As usual, we’re highly complimentary of Big Finish’s soundscape (what else would you expect)!?!?

 

If you would like to listen along with us, this audio is available from bigfinish.com.

 

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Episode 67: Beeps, Boops, and Kazoos

Episode 67: Beeps, Boops, and Kazoos

September 12, 2021

Wow! Another season down, and this one has been wrapped up so soon – so, naturally, we’re embarking on our now-obligatory season retrospective. Season 7 was the beginning of a new era for the show – new Doctor, Earthbound storylines, and the consistent involvement of UNIT. What do the Watchers think of this brave new era – does the change in format pay off, or is it just Quatermass in Doctor Who cosplay?

 

Along the way, Reilly feels a strong need to act on his MORAL DUTY, Julie finds a way to talk about Jamie (even though he’s not in this season), Anthony comes up with a way to turn the show into Sliders, and Don espouses his love for Professor Stahlman. The entire crew repeatedly slate the music from Doctor Who and the Silurians.

 

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Episode 66: Scr*w You Guys, I’m Going Home

Episode 66: Scr*w You Guys, I’m Going Home

August 29, 2021

We’re turning into green werewolves and bringing on the apocalypse, as we tackle a much-loved Pertwee classic in the shape of the one-and-only Inferno! Will the team unanimously love this one, or as the season finale will it be true to form, consistent with the rest of the Season 7 seven-parters, with the Watchers split on their opinions?

 

Over the course of the episode, Julie ships Greg and Petra, Anthony ships Stahlman and the drillhead, Don complains about the return of his least favourite Doctor Who trope – the bad boss, and Reilly becomes obsessed with the prospect of green demons. The crew discuss the morality of not saving everyone’s parallel universe doppelgangers.

 

If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US (https://amzn.to/2XUlvdl) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3koirNV).

 

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Episode 65: Vicious Quatermassturbation

Episode 65: Vicious Quatermassturbation

August 15, 2021

This episode, it is our Moral Duty™ to take Quatermass homage to the extreme, engaging in some “Vicious Quatermassturbation” as we discuss The Ambassadors OF DEATH! It’s time for incompetent military forces (possibly including murdering scientists?), conspiracies, and plenty of model sequences!

 

Over the course of the episode, Don talks miraculously disappearing accents, Reilly finds that he’s unable to say “Taltalian”, Anthony gets nostalgic about UK Gold, and Julie laments the general lack of women on screen. The entire team discuss this serial's rather inconsistent usage of plot-selective radioactivity (or is it actually just good ol' Whitakerian static electricity?).

 

If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3g5U0n8) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/2VVBBTh).

 

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Episode 64: Costume Change Level: Zoe

Episode 64: Costume Change Level: Zoe

August 1, 2021

This episode, we discuss our very first encounter with the other intelligent species from Earth in Doctor Who and the Silurians. Suffice to say that living through a pandemic, we all find ourselves somewhat triggered as we watch a deadly disease spread across England in this one!

 

During the episode, Reilly talks two-state solutions, Anthony focuses on the “otherness” of the Doctor, Julie gets offended by humans being repeatedly referred to as “apes,” and Don questions why the initial problem of the research facility losing power was considered a UNIT problem. The entire gang questions the wisdom of writing a dinosaur into the script and whether it was actually needed (spoiler: it’s not).

 

If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US and Amazon UK (at the latter, as part of the “Beneath the Surface” box set).

 

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Bonus Episode 10: A Bit Pudgy for a Stormtrooper

Bonus Episode 10: A Bit Pudgy for a Stormtrooper

July 25, 2021

In this bonus episode, “A Bit Pudgy for a Stormtrooper” Anthony, Don, and Reilly take a side step away from Doctor Who and discuss the 1957 film Quatermass 2! This film has been cited as one of the main influences on Season 7 of Doctor Who in general, and specifically on Spearhead from Space.

 

Along the way, Don discusses how this film influenced an iconic scene from one of his other favourite shows, Anthony is surprised at how the critics were apparently unimpressed by this movie, and Reilly wants to talk about hats. All three of us ruminate on the more gruesome elements of the film, and how these might be amped up if the movie were made today.

 

If you would like to watch along with us, this film is available in glorious High Definition through both Amazon US and Amazon UK, and is also available for streaming on Shudder.

 

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Episode 63: Liberace’s More Flamboyant Magician Uncle

Episode 63: Liberace’s More Flamboyant Magician Uncle

July 18, 2021

We’re back - in glorious colour(!) - as we kick off the Pertwee-era with the very highly regarded Robert Holmes standard Spearhead from Space. Will the Watchers find this story as good as fan opinion would have it? Well, we’re hardly going to spoil that in this blurb, are we!? That said, there is a treat in store for anyone who enjoys Julie’s singing!

 

During the episode, Anthony ponders the potential for profane language from the UNIT troops, Don talks about how Robert Holmes introduces new lore to the show just to avoid potential plot holes, Reilly discovers his love of the new Doctor’s watch, and Julie fixates on yellow phones. The entire team enters into a love fest over Liz Shaw’s skepticism.

 

If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US and Amazon UK.

 

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Bonus Episode 9: Will They, Won’t They?

Bonus Episode 9: Will They, Won’t They?

July 11, 2021

In this bonus episode, “Will They, Won’t They?” Anthony and Julie discuss the Second and First Doctor cross-over story from Big Finish - Daughter of the Gods, by David K. Barnes. Part of Big Finish’s 20th anniversary celebrations, this was conceived as being done in the style of a hypothetical 5th anniversary special, and features both the First and Second Doctors!

 

Join us as we discuss the dynamics between the First and Second Doctors, non-linear storytelling, the challenges of vocal ageing, alternate timelines, and the (in)famous Big Finish lunches. If you’d like to listen along with us, the story is available through Big Finish’s website. Also be sure to check out David K. Barnes’ professional website, and his other Big Finish serials:

 

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Episode 62: A Review to a Kilt

Episode 62: A Review to a Kilt

July 4, 2021

Wrapping up the Troughton era, the Watchers are joined by friend-of-the-podcast Alan Siler for a special retrospective of the entire era, recorded LIVE at Wholanta Virtual TARDIS 2021! Alan takes us through a series of questions about the Troughton era as a whole, asking about everything from comparisons to his predecessor, how the companions work in comparison to each other, and our favourite stories of the era – and much, much more!

 

During the episode, Anthony talks about the severe inconsistency of Season 6, Don discusses how we’re living in the best possible time for experiencing missing episodes, Reilly once again expresses his disdain for historical adventures, and Julie gets her very last opportunity to express her love of Jamie. The entire group discusses the main differences between the Troughton and Hartnell eras.

 

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Episode 61: Hot Space Garbage

Episode 61: Hot Space Garbage

June 20, 2021

This episode, the Watchers look back on the extreme highs and even more extreme lows of Season 6 in their latest trademark Season retrospective, blending award-show style categories, qualitative measures, and questions put to us by our audience via social media.

 

Over the course of the episode, Don talks about the destructive impacts of the Quarks on their creators’ careers, Anthony gets himself mixed up between The Dominators and The Krotons (blame the 1990s VHS releases), Julie continues her Jamie obsession (knowing that this is one of her last opportunities to do so), and Reilly completely fails to accurately anticipate who everyone else will choose as “best regular.” Together, the team ponder whether they will ever re-watch The Space Pirates.

 

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Episode 60: Hate Squabbling

Episode 60: Hate Squabbling

June 6, 2021

In this episode, we shed a tear as the end is finally here for the Second Doctor. We discuss the second half of The War Games, as the Games themselves come to their shocking conclusion, and some of the oldest questions on the show are about to get answered...

 

During the episode, Anthony asks how the Doctor has suddenly lost the ability to speak French, Reilly ponders whether Steve Jobs stole the War Lord’s style, Julie talks the differences between Jamie and Arturo’s treatment of women, and Don questions whether the War Lord’s plan actually makes sense. The entire crew discuss the extremely blatant sexual tension between the War Chief and the Security Chief, and how this devolves into what we can only describe as “hate squabbling.”

 

For those of you who want to watch along with us, this story is available on DVD (Amazon US | Amazon UK), as well as through the BritBox streaming service (US link | UK link)

 

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Episode 59: They Shot Winnie the Pooh!

Episode 59: They Shot Winnie the Pooh!

May 23, 2021

The end is nigh for the Second Doctor as the TARDIS crew arrive in what appears to be World War One, but not all is as it seems… Continuing our journey through all of Doctor Who, we discuss the first half of the absolute epic that is The War Games, as we start preparing to bid farewell to some familiar faces…

 

During the episode, Reilly finds himself disappointed by the fact that Doctor von Werr doesn’t make one last return, Anthony gets to use his history degrees, Don sets a new record in how quickly he derails the conversation, and Julie gets exasperated at everyone else’s constant digressions. The entire crew discusses the commentary that this story provides on the entire Troughton era.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD (Amazon US | Amazon UK), as well as through the BritBox streaming service (US link | UK link)

 

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Bonus Episode 8: Cozy, Stress Free, and Kind of Silly  - Interview with David Busch

Bonus Episode 8: Cozy, Stress Free, and Kind of Silly - Interview with David Busch

May 16, 2021

In this bonus episode, “Cozy, Stress Free, and Kind of Silly,” Anthony sat down with animator, writer, producer, and actor David Busch for a chat about his work, including on the animations of Shada, The Macra Terror, and the special edition of The Power of the Daleks.

 

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Episode 58: No Other Women in Space

Episode 58: No Other Women in Space

May 9, 2021

This episode, we bring to you our discussion of a story that is, in the eyes of fandom, one of the worst stories of all time. Seriously, in Doctor Who Magazine’s 50th Anniversary poll, it came in at 7th last. It’s also the last story to have missing episodes. That’s right, it’s the one and only The Space Pirates! Will we find it as bad as accepted wisdom would have it?

 

Over the course of the episode, Don questions the justice system of the time that this is set in, Julie continues to fangirl over Jamie, Anthony questions the decision to merge the pirate and cowboy genres and then set the whole thing in space, and Reilly gets the name of The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon wrong and attempts to fix in post-production with some hilariously bad dubbing. As a group, the crew ponders the potential of a The Adventures of Milo Clancy spin-off.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is sadly missing. The surviving episode is available through the Lost in Time DVD Box Set (Amazon US | Amazon UK), while the soundtracks of the missing episodes are available in The Lost TV Episodes Collection 5 Box Set (Amazon US | Amazon UK). This is story sadly not available for streaming (given that it’s missing), and we don’t want to be naughty by linking directly to the Loose Canon reconstruction, but we’re sure that you all know how to look things up on Dailymotion *cough!*

 

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Episode 57: The Mix-a-Lot Principle

Episode 57: The Mix-a-Lot Principle

April 25, 2021

This episode, we discuss the first return of everyone’s favourite lizardmen as the show revisits the base-under-siege genre in The Seeds of Death! Will the Watchers enjoy it better than their debut adventure? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!

 

Over the course of the episode, Anthony questions why the T-Mat base on the Moon has a hall of mirrors, Don discusses his theory about rear-end size being the status ultimate symbol of the Ice Warriors (#THICC), Julie continues her Jamie love-fest, and Reilly questions how the Ice Warriors’ react to temperature. The entire crew talks traumatic stress and the effective way that it’s represented in this story.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this special edition of this story is available on DVD as an individual release through Amazon US, and as part of the Revisitations 2 box set through Amazon UK. This is story is also available to stream through Britbox US and Britbox UK.

 

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Episode 56: Gond But Not Forgotten

Episode 56: Gond But Not Forgotten

April 11, 2021

This episode, we discuss the script debut of the legendary writer Robert Holmes, in a story where a group of students use the power of acid to overthrow their educational overlords! Surprisingly, it’s not footage of student riots from the 1960s – it’s actually The Krotons!

Over the course of the episode, Don gets passionate about canon, Reilly contemplates the hours of fun that would be a Kroton video game, Julie tries to make sense of why the Gonds never previously rose up against the Krotons, and Anthony gives a mini history lesson. The entire team discusses how utterly terrible and nonsensical the Krotons’ method of powering their spacecraft actually is.

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Episode 55: All About the ‘Stache

Episode 55: All About the ‘Stache

March 28, 2021

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension pick up where they left off last time, with the TARDIS crew still trying to figure out what’s really happening, and an Invasion still on the horizon, as we discuss the second half of the Troughton-era epic that is The Invasion!

 

Over the course of our discussion, Don casts doubt on Isobel’s photography skills, Reilly talks Cyber branding, Julie helpfully keeps track of all the up-kilt filming attempts (quelle surprise!), and Anthony gets an early start on the UNIT dating question. Additionally, the entire team can’t help but rave about their love of Kevin Stoney as Tobias Vaughn.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. This is story is also available to stream through Britbox US and Britbox UK.

 

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Episode 54: Too Expensive, Too Welsh

Episode 54: Too Expensive, Too Welsh

March 14, 2021

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension head back to contemporary(ish) Earth, where trouble is brewing with suave businessmen, thuggish paramilitary troops, and a silver menace lurking in the background, as they tackle the first half of The Invasion!

Over the course of our discussion, Julie talks about the Doctor’s obnoxious door-bell etiquette, Reilly once again contrasts Lethbridge-Stewart against the bad bosses of Season 5, Anthony thinks too hard about Cyberman continuity, and Don expresses his strong, strong dislike of the new Cybermen. The entire crew discuss whether Vaughn was creeping on Rutledge’s secretary, and whether Rutledge was trying to avoid his wife…

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. This is story is also available to stream through Britbox US and Britbox UK.

 

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Episode 53: One for the Dads

Episode 53: One for the Dads

February 28, 2021

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension find that reality is getting too hot anyway, and move outside of the confines of our reality and into a world where they could well become works of fiction. It can only be The Mind Robber!

 

Over the course of our discussion, Julie (of course) has strong feelings about the temporary re-casting of Jamie, Anthony learns some things about Scottish culture, Reilly finds himself curious about Captain Jack Harkaway, and Don has theories on the origin of the story’s villain and the nature of the Land of Fiction itself. The entire team find themselves loving how meta this story ended up being.

 

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Hamish Wilson, who sadly passed away from COVID-19 in March 2020.

 

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Episode 52: Replacement Hot Blonde

Episode 52: Replacement Hot Blonde

February 14, 2021

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension kick off Season 6 of Doctor Who with a more of a whimper than a bang, as they tackle a story that involves two hostile turtles as they seek to dominate an entire planet of hippies and turn it into a radioactive ball of lava. It’s that rather misjudged attempt at satire, known only as The Dominators

 

Over the course of our discussion, Don questions the impact of this story on the reputation of the Dominators themselves, Anthony talks about the homogeny of the Dulcians, Julie focuses in on Jamie’s kilt (as usual), and Reilly finds a way to draw a parallel between this story and horror movies! The entire crew question some of the costuming choices, and wonder what was going on with the costume designer…

 

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