Watchers in the Fourth Dimension: A Doctor Who Podcast
Episode 27: I Want to Talk About Chairs

Episode 27: I Want to Talk About Chairs

February 23, 2020

In this episode, “I Want to Talk About Chairs,” we’re off to the realm of an extremely bored immortal with a penchant for fun and games. That’s right – it’s The Celestial Toymaker, a story that undoubtedly divides opinion in fandom.

 

This episode, Anthony talks about his fear of clowns, Reilly gets excited about the notion of the return of Sgt. Ruggs and Mrs. Wiggs, Julie talks about chairs, and Don talks about why John Wiles was so bad for the very last time. The entire team discuss whether or not the supporting characters are all meant to be the same three characters in different roles or not.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is another one that is mostly missing. You can find the narrated audio for Episodes 1-3 as part of the The Lost Episodes: Collection Two through either Amazon US or Amazon UK. The surviving episode, Episode 4, is available in the Lost in Time DVD boxset at Amazon US or Amazon UK. For listeners in the UK, it is also available through Britbox UK. If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*.

 

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Episode 26: George Maharis, Risk Taker

Episode 26: George Maharis, Risk Taker

February 9, 2020

This week, we discuss a thrilling adventure in which new companion Dodo is suffering from a cold. That’s right – it’s The Ark, a story with some rather uncomfortable undertones.

 

This episode, Anthony talks British colonialism, Reilly makes use of his film degree by praising the direction, Julie explains medical things, and Don talks about the trope of invisible beings with supernatural powers in sci-fi. All four of the cast keep coming back to the question of whether or not this story’s rather racist undertones were by intent or out of ignorance.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is one of the few from Season 3 that exists in its entirety! You can find the DVD on either Amazon US or Amazon UK. If you prefer streaming, it’s also available on both Britbox US and Britbox UK!

 

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Episode 25: I’m Not a Proctologist, But…

Episode 25: I’m Not a Proctologist, But…

January 26, 2020

With the Doctor and Steven now travelling alone after the events of the Dalek epic, we follow them on their next adventure in a fun romp called The Massacre. Uh, except... maybe it's not a fun romp, with a name like that. 

 

This time around, Julie gets historical, Anthony gets excited about hats, Reilly compares Steven to a lost child looking for his Dad, and Don once again continues his vendetta against John Wiles. The entire crew talk debate whether this story is the missing classic that received fandom wisdom believes it to be.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is sadly missing. You can find the missing episodes on narrated audio through either Amazon US or Amazon UK (as part of the The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Two box set). If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*.

 

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Episode 24: Bring Back the Corpse of Dennis Spooner

Episode 24: Bring Back the Corpse of Dennis Spooner

January 12, 2020

Having covered the first half of the story in our last episode, we’re back in Bring Back the Corpse of Dennis Spooner to discuss episodes 7 through 12 of The Daleks’ Master Plan! If you missed the first half of our discussion of this story, you can find it in our previous episode, Poppycock and Nonsense.

 

This time around, Don continues his vendetta against John Wiles, Julie pines for more of the Meddling Monk, Reilly wishes for some Dalek situational comedy in the style of The Office, while Anthony expresses his disappointment over the lack of the Evil Christmas Tree delegate. All the while, the entire team continues their debate over which delegate is which.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, the surviving episodes are available as part of the Lost in Time DVD set, which is available through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. You can find the missing episodes on narrated audio through either Amazon US or Amazon UK (as part of the The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Two box set). If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*.

 

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Episode 23: Poppycock and Nonsense

Episode 23: Poppycock and Nonsense

December 29, 2019

This episode, we finally get around to that Dalek epic that was teased a couple of stories back… yes, we’ve finally made it to The Daleks’ Master Plan! Since the televised story was twelve episodes long, it’s going to take us two podcasts to get through. Thus in this episode, Poppycock and Nonsense, we discuss episodes 1 through 6.

 

Along the way, Anthony says “absurdly” a lot, Julie questions whether the Doctor will actually have any lasting memories of Katarina, Reilly draws some parallels between this story and The Phantom Menace, and Don enthuses over the atmosphere of mistrust in the story. The entire team debate whether it would have been better or worse if it had actually been Vicki that got flushed out of that airlock.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, the surviving episodes are available as part of the Lost in Time DVD set, which is available through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. You can find the missing episodes on narrated audio through either Amazon US or Amazon UK (as part of the The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Two box set). If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*.

 

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Episode 22: Invasion of the Dons

Episode 22: Invasion of the Dons

December 15, 2019

This time around, we’re off to Asia Minor to watch some Greeks and Trojans do some battling in Season 3’s The Myth Makers. We also find ourselves in the middle of an Invasion of the Dons, with this serial being written by Don Cotton, with Don Tosh as Story Editor, and our very own Don Smith contributing to our conversation!

 

Along the way, Anthony gets his Classics nerd on, Julie talks about The Doctor, Ian, and Steven and their varying abilities to convince as Classical Deities, Reilly espouses his love of the TARDIS wardrobe, and Don is busy just being one of the many Dons that contributed to the making of this episode of the podcast. The entire team find themselves disappointed that the original title for episode 3, “Is There a Doctor in the Horse?” didn’t stick.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find the missing episode on narrated audio through either Amazon US or Amazon UK (as part of the The Lost TV Episodes: Collection One box set) If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*.

 

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Episode 21: Kembel Needs Women

Episode 21: Kembel Needs Women

December 3, 2019

It’s time for the Watchers to cover the only Doctor Who story ever to not feature any of the main cast (and the very first standalone episode...ish) – Mission to the Unknown! With this story being another one that’s missing, the team were fortunate to be discussing this one just after the remount hit YouTube.

 

Along the way, Anthony is still blaming Richard Martin for things (even though this is the third story since his final involvement with the show), Julie ponders why the Daleks would lower themselves to an alliance with lesser species, Reilly announces his names for the various delegates (having decided that it’s impossible to tell which one is which from the names alone), and Don laments the incompetence of the "hero" of the episode, Marc Cory. The team wraps up with a hearty discussion on the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) remake of the episode.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find the missing episode on narrated audio through either Amazon US (as part of a set with The Daleks’ Master Plan) or Amazon UK (as part of the The Lost TV Episodes: Collection One box set) If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*. Finally, the UCLAN remake can be found on YouTube, as can the “Making Of” featurette.

 

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Episode 20: A Fascist Version of Dusty Springfield

Episode 20: A Fascist Version of Dusty Springfield

November 17, 2019

The Watchers kick off their journey through Season 3 with a robust discussion of everyone’s favourite classic story of the beauty vs. the beast, Galaxy Four! This is the start of an odyssey deep into missing episode land, so be prepared for lots of talk about that over the next few episodes.

Along the way, Anthony finds ways to continue to blame Richard Martin for things (even though he was no longer involved with the show), Julie expresses disappointment over the continued grooming of Steven, Reilly compares the Rills to Jabba the Hutt, and Don complains on how Steven acts quite moronically during his time in the air lock. All through the episode, the entire team gets increasingly exasperated at the script (much like the original cast did while filming).

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find the missing episode on narrated audio through either Amazon US or Amazon UK, while the surviving episode can be found on the special edition DVD of The Aztecs, which can be found through either Amazon US or Amazon UK. If you want to watch the reconstruction, you should Google it – we don’t want to be naughty by posting a link to Dailymotion *cough*.

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Episode 19: Never Speak to an Englishman About Mary Poppins

Episode 19: Never Speak to an Englishman About Mary Poppins

November 3, 2019

The Watchers take a side-step into an alternate universe, discussing Dr. Who and the Daleks – the concept’s first venture into colour, and on the big screen!

Along the way, Reilly nerds out about film, Julie is disappointed at the sidelining of Barbara, Anthony loses his connection halfway through the recording, and Don relentlessly criticizes this interpretation of the Thals. In the meantime, you get a sneak peak of what a Hammer and Amicus Horror Podcast hosted by Don and Reilly would be like…

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find the movie on DVD/BluRay through either Amazon US or through Amazon UK. If you’re in the USA, this movie is also available for streaming via through Britbox.

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Episode 18: Random, Unnecessary Jazz Interludes

Episode 18: Random, Unnecessary Jazz Interludes

October 20, 2019

Having spent the last nine episodes discussing each story of Season 2, the Watchers are back with a special season round-up, discussing their favourite and least favourite things from the season (such as story, director, actors, etc.), and comparing their feelings about stories at the end of the season against how they felt at the time.

Along the way, Reilly continues to rave about The Web Planet, Julie coos over Ian & Barbara’s engagement photos, Anthony complains about Richard Martin for the last time, and Don surprises everyone with the revelation that The Crusade wasn’t as bad as everyone thinks he thought it was. The entire team continues to try and find balance in their assessment of the insanity that was The Web Planet.

For those who want to watch along with us, you can find the majority of this season on DVD through either Amazon US or through Amazon UK. Of course, if you’re in the USA, you can do streaming via through Britbox.

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