Watchers in the Fourth Dimension: A Doctor Who Podcast
Bonus Episode 6: Nobody Likes This, But It’ll Be Cheap - Missing Episodes Panel from Dragon Con Goes Virtual 2020

Bonus Episode 6: Nobody Likes This, But It’ll Be Cheap - Missing Episodes Panel from Dragon Con Goes Virtual 2020

October 18, 2020

With many conventions forced to go virtual in 2020, we were invited to participated in a panel for DragonCon, in which we discussed Doctor Who’s Missing Episodes. The result is this special bonus episode, in which we are joined by our old friend R. Alan Siler, and the Director of Dragon Con’s British Media Track (aka the “Brittrack”), Caro McCully Tidwell. If you would prefer to watch the panel, rather than listen, it can also be found on the Brittrack’s YouTube page.

 

As you would expect from such a discussion, the group discusses why Doctor Who has missing episodes, where any surviving episodes could possibly be hiding (and the chances of anything else showing up), as well as the various attempts over the years to bridge the gaps. And, naturally, a missing episodes discussion just isn’t complete without a discussion on most wanted stories for return.

 

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Episode 43: Screw Your Spreadsheets!

Episode 43: Screw Your Spreadsheets!

October 11, 2020

It’s that time again! We’ve reached the end of another season, and so we spend an episode looking back on Season 4, which was a time of enormous change for the show. What were our favourite things from the season, and how does this season stack up against what we’ve seen so far? Does the fact that the majority of this season is missing materially impact our feelings towards it?

 

Along the way, Julie continues to rave over Jamie, Don brings down a fellow Smith, Anthony once again takes great pleasure in doing his best Professor Zaroff impression, and Reilly makes an unexpected choice for Best Supporting Actor. The entire team take turns to take shots at that most forgettable of stories - The Smugglers.

 

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Episode 42: Dalek in a Dumbwaiter

Episode 42: Dalek in a Dumbwaiter

September 27, 2020

Antiques! Alchemy! Time travel! Daleks! David Whitaker! What could possibly go wrong for The Evil of the Daleks! It’s another missing story – but is it a lost classic, or just a needlessly padded 7-parter? Listen along to hear what we decide.

 

Over the course of the episode, Reilly volunteers to voice Kemel in Big Finish, Julie finds herself delighted by the conflict between Jamie and the Doctor, Anthony fixates on alchemy, and Don laments how the story title completely ruins the surprise of the Daleks. The whole team ponders an alternative, much darker (but still humourous) exit for Ben and Polly. 

 

If you want to watch along with us, this story is sadly mostly missing. The surviving episode is available as part of the Lost in Time DVD set, available through Amazon US and Amazon UK. You can listen to the soundtracks of the missing episodes as part of The Lost TV Episodes: Collection 4 CD set, also available through Amazon US and Amazon UK. We all watched the reconstruction for the missing episodes, but we wouldn’t want to be naughty and link to Dailymotion *cough*

 

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Episode 41: Almost Dodo’d

Episode 41: Almost Dodo’d

September 13, 2020

It’s a farewell to a couple of series regulars as we discuss a mostly-lost-but-recently-animated story in the shape of The Faceless Ones! What will the judgement be – missing classic, or are we not missing much with this one?

 

Over the course of the episode, Don develops a small obsession with the “airport creeper,” Reilly casually insults an entire city, Anthony ponders whether the Chameleons had watched any James Bond films, and Julie defends the United States Postal Service. The whole team find themselves pondering how the Chameleons had kidnapped 50,000 people, with only one person noticing.

 

If you want to watch along with us, this story is sadly missing. However, the BBC have released an animated version on DVD and Blu Ray, and you can acquire it through either Amazon UK or Amazon US.

 

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Episode 40: Like Dirty Dancing, but With Crabs

Episode 40: Like Dirty Dancing, but With Crabs

August 23, 2020

There is no such thing as the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension! The Watchers in the Fourth Dimension do not exist! Huh? Well, it must be time for us to take an anti-authoritarian stance and discuss The Macra Terror!

 

Over the course of the episode, Don calls out the incompetence of middle management, Reilly discusses the usage of media indoctrination in this story (and how prescient it is), Anthony talks about the British class system and how the holiday camp setting feeds into that, and Julie gets excited over the Doctor’s use of a screwdriver. The whole team discusses the design of the Macra - whether they actually worked in the original, and if they were maybe better realized in animated form.

 

If you want to watch along with us, this story is sadly missing. However, the BBC have released an animated version on DVD and Blu Ray, and you can acquire it through either Amazon UK or Amazon US.

 

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Episode 39: A More Localized Terrible Idea

Episode 39: A More Localized Terrible Idea

August 9, 2020

Everyone’s second favourite Doctor Who monsters are back, as the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension once again encounter the Cybermen, along with weather control, poisoned sugar, and a rag-tag group of Europeans. That’s right, it can only be The Moonbase!

 

Over the course of the episode, Don talks about Cybermen design, Reilly is disappointed by the absence of the Doctor wearing a hat in this story, Anthony raves over the international vibe of the moonbase, and Julie questions the obsession that fiction has with controlling the weather. The entire crew discusses the alleged misogyny in the story, with Polly being sent off to make the coffee (which kinda leads to the main mystery of the first couple of episodes being solved…).

 

If you want to watch along with us, half of this story is sadly missing. However, the BBC have released the surviving episodes on DVD, along with animations of the two missing episodes, and you can acquire it through either Amazon UK or Amazon US.

 

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Episode 38: Zar-off The Chain

Episode 38: Zar-off The Chain

July 26, 2020

The Watchers in the Fourth Dimension discuss mad scientists, fish people, and everyone's new favourite companion (or is that favourite new companion?), as they tackle one of the most-maligned stories of the black and white era - The Underwater Menace!

 

Over the course of the episode, Don talks about the horror elements of the story, Reilly discusses Professor Zaroff’s worst work day ever, Anthony has some sound issues and sounds like he’s recording from the lost city of Atlantis (rather than his usual location of Atlanta!), and Julie praises the new Doctor’s ethics. Unsurprisingly, the entire crew spends some time discussing whether or not Professor Zaroff was really intelligent or really stupid (regardless of his levels of craziness).

 

If you want to watch along with us, half of this story is sadly missing. However, the BBC have released the surviving episodes on DVD, along with somewhat lackluster reconstructions of the two missing episodes, and you can acquire it through either Amazon UK or Amazon US. If you want to find the superior Loose Cannon recons, we suggest that you use Google to find them – we don’t want to get into trouble for directly linking to them on Dailymotion *cough*

 

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Episode 37: Algie Ffinch’s Bad Day

Episode 37: Algie Ffinch’s Bad Day

July 12, 2020

Moving full steam ahead with the Patrick Troughton era, the intrepid Watchers in the Fourth Dimension head to what could seems like the set of Outlander, as they discuss what is the last “pure” historical adventure for quite a long time – it’s The Highlanders!

 

During the discussion, Don finds himself concerned over Ben’s lack of safe firearm handling, Reilly makes what is probably the first (and also probably last) ever comparison between The Highlanders and Martin Scorsese’s Casino, Anthony talks about how crazy the new Doctor is in this story, and Julie talks Jacobite history. The entire crew, of course, discusses hats (no surprise there – we have proclaimed ourselves as the most hat-friendly Doctor Who podcast).

  

If you want to watch along with us, this story is sadly missing. However, you can listen to it via the wonders of narrated audio, which can be picked up as part of The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Three on either Amazon US or Amazon UK. If you want to go down the reconstruction route, we suggest that you use Google to find it – we don’t want to get into trouble for directly linking to it on Dailymotion *wink*

 

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Episode 36: Don’t Forget the Murder Hornets

Episode 36: Don’t Forget the Murder Hornets

June 28, 2020

After 35 episodes, The Watchers in the Fourth Dimension move onto the next chapter of Doctor Who, as they head off to the planet Vulcan (no, not that one!) to kick-off the Patrick Troughton era, as the discuss The Power of the Daleks!

 

During the discussion, Reilly talks about the physicality of Patrick Troughton’s acting, Don compares the Daleks to high school girls, Anthony gets metaphysical, and Julie finds herself pleasantly surprised by how Janley’s role grows through the story. The entire team talks about the new Doctor’s choices in hats (because we’re a hat-obsessed podcast).

 

If you want to watch along with us, the animated version of this story is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and can be picked up on Amazon US or Amazon UK. A version with enhanced animation is available to pre-order through Amazon UK.

 

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Episode 35: Brit for Hire

Episode 35: Brit for Hire

June 14, 2020

Having made their way through the entirety of the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension are joined by a guest host for the very first time, as R Alan Siler moderates a retrospective discussion of the entirety of the era.

 

Over the course of the discussion, the crew touch on a wide range of topics, including which missing story would benefit the most from animation, the most challenging or radically different episodes of the time, and how the era reflected the socio-political situation of the time. Anthony and Don manage to get their final blows in against Richard Martin and John Wiles, respectively. Finally, things get rather silly when Alan surprises everyone with a few rounds of “Snog, Marry, Avoid!,” with some rather outrageous options.

 

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