Watchers in the Fourth Dimension: A Doctor Who Podcast
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…

 

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 51: A Tale of Two Cybermen

Episode 51: A Tale of Two Cybermen

January 31, 2021

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension look back at seven stories of monsters, bases under siege, bad bosses, and evil doppelgangers, as they recap their journey through Season 5, picking out the best and worsts of the season!

 

Over the course of our discussion, Julie surprises everyone with her choice of best lead actor, Don questions the greatness of “The Great Intelligence,” Reilly gives some love to Fariah, and Anthony talks about the huge gulf in quality between the two Cybermen stories of the season. The entire team tries to think of whether the season could have worked better if the stories had been in a better order.

 

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Episode 50: Fury from the Web of the Cybermen

Episode 50: Fury from the Web of the Cybermen

January 17, 2021

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension enter battle against the tropes that have come to be persistent through all of Season 5, as the TARDIS crew take on the Cybermen in their most bizarre plan yet. As you may have guessed, we spend this episode discussing the season finale of Season 5 – The Wheel in Space!

 

Over the course of our discussion, Anthony wonders whether the plotline for this story was put together on the back of an envelope, Don questions whether the Cyberplanner is actively working against the Cybermen, Julie praises the quality of Loose Cannon’s CGI work, and Reilly ponders whether the Doctor was actually concussed for almost the entire story. The entire team discusses the horrors of the barely-mentioned society that this story is set around, among hints of brainwashing.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is sadly missing – the existing episodes are available as part of the Lost in Time DVD boxset through Amazon US and Amazon UK. The audio of the missing episodes is available as part of “The Lost Episodes: Collection Five” CD boxset, available to pre-order through Amazon US and Amazon UK. This is story is available to stream through Britbox US and Britbox UK, complete with reconstructions of the missing episodes. There is also a superior reconstruction out on the internet, courtesy of Loose Cannon (we don’t want to risk being told off for linking directly to those, but Google is your friend!)

 

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Episode 49: It’s Z Cars or Nothing

Episode 49: It’s Z Cars or Nothing

January 3, 2021

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension struggle to hide their sniggers as the Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria face off against some evil weed and its calming effect on people as it tries to take over Earth! It may sound like Reefer Madness, but it’s actually the (sadly) missing story Fury from the Deep!

 

Over the course of our discussion, Anthony relentlessly makes weed jokes, Julie ponders the seaweed’s relationship with its foam, Reilly laments the poor characterization of Victoria across her run on the show, and Don complains repeatedly about Robson. The whole crew discuss the tropes that are repeated through the entire season – including the legendary BBC foam machine.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is sadly missing, but there is a full animation available through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. Sadly, this is story is not yet available to stream.

 

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