Watchers in the Fourth Dimension: A Doctor Who Podcast
Bonus Episode 5: Dammit Susan!

Bonus Episode 5: Dammit Susan!

May 24, 2020

In this bonus episode, “Dammit Susan” Anthony and Julie discuss Julie’s first Big Finish experience, with “The Library of Alexandria” – a Companion Chronicle narrated by Ian Chesterton himself, William Russell!

 

Join them as they discuss the history of the library, including how it was really destroyed, as well as the budding romance in the story, jealousy, and Susan being Susan. As you'd expect, there's a fair amount of discussion as to how Julie enjoyed her first Big Finish audio.

 

If you would like to listen along with us, this story is available through bigfinish.com!

 

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Episode 33: Pirates of the Caribboring

Episode 33: Pirates of the Caribboring

May 17, 2020

In this episode, “Pirates of the Caribboring” the Watchers kick-start Season 4 with the swashbuckling adventure known only as “The Smugglers.” Oh... maybe “swashbuckling” and “adventure” oversells it a bit?

 

This episode, Anthony talks censorship, Julie gets excited about the shirtless men of the story, Don discusses his least-favourite trope, and Reilly highlights the Doctor’s boozing. Spoiler alert: the entire team finds much to enjoy about this story.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is sadly missing. However, you can find the narrated audio for the entire story as part of the The Lost Episodes: Collection Two 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 32: No (Terrance) Dicks, No Lava Lamps

Episode 32: No (Terrance) Dicks, No Lava Lamps

May 3, 2020

In this episode, “No (Terrance) Dicks, No Lava Lamps” the Watchers crew tread somewhat familiar, yet slightly different ground, as they discuss the second Peter Cushing Dalek movie, Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

 

This episode, Anthony can’t resist a final cheeky dig at Richard Martin, Julie talks about the diminishment of the role of women in the film, Don gets excited over the use of fetish gear, and Reilly ponders how Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 B.C.(!) might have worked out. Naturally, the entire team find themselves repeatedly comparing the film to the original TV serial.

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this film is available on physical media through either Amazon US or Amazon UK. It’s also available for streaming on Britbox US, but sadly not on Britbox UK.

 

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Episode 31: Fun, But Completely Unnecessary

Episode 31: Fun, But Completely Unnecessary

April 19, 2020

In this episode, “Fun, But Completely Unnecessary,” the Watchers crew look back on the ups-and-downs of Season 3, with a series of awards, questions from listeners, and the qualitative data from the last 10 episodes.

 

This episode, Don talks about how Katarina could have worked as a companion, Anthony flip-flops on a couple of things, Julie praises the women of the show, and Reilly tries his hardest not to keep jabbing at The Gunfighters. The entire crew are united in their praise of two particular stories… but which ones? And how on Earth does Michael Bloomberg get involved in all of this!?!? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out! (Obviously – we’re not giving you those kinds of spoilers in the blurb!)

 

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Episode 30: The WOTAN Clan

Episode 30: The WOTAN Clan

April 5, 2020

In this episode, “The WOTAN Clan,” the team head to contemporary Earth for the first time since Planet of Giants. And this time, the TARDIS crew are full size! That’s right – it’s The War Machines!

 

This episode, Julie finds her first directorial snafu, Anthony ponders what WOTAN plans to do once he’s taken over, Don writes and recites a bad haiku, and Reilly enthuses over the more modern directing. Everyone is genuinely disappointed about Dodo’s departure – just as soon as she starts being a decent companion!

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is another one that is mostly missing. You can find the story on DVD through either Amazon US or Amazon UK. It’s also available for streaming on Britbox US and Britbox UK.

 

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Bonus Episode 4: Bit of a Swashbuckling Hero - Interview with Peter Purves

Bonus Episode 4: Bit of a Swashbuckling Hero - Interview with Peter Purves

March 29, 2020

It’s March 2020, and the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension have reached the end of Steven Taylor’s time as the Doctor’s companion. With COVID-19 running rampant across the world, and everyone (hopefully) practicing social distancing, we are here to help you stave off boredom for an hour, by bringing you a special bonus episode, in which Anthony interviews the man who played Steven himself, Peter Purves!

 

Their conversation meanders through Peter’s career in theatre and in TV, starting with his time in repertory theatre, to Doctor Who, and into presenting the likes of Blue Peter, Record Breakers, and the Crufts Dog Show, before finally coming back to Doctor Who through Big Finish’s audio productions. This convention panel-length interview is truly something to keep you entertained at home during this time.

 

As a thank you to Peter for his time, we made a $200 donation to Dogs for Good, a charity providing assistance dogs to those in need. If you would like to support this worthy cause, please follow the link and click on “Donate now.”

 

Peter’s time on Doctor Who can be found through the following media:

 

Complete stories

All of the above are also available to stream at both Britbox US and Britbox UK.

 

Orphan episodes

  • Galaxy 4: episode 3 – available as a special feature on The Aztecs Special Edition DVD (Amazon US | Amazon UK) – also available for streaming on Britbox UK
  • The Daleks Master Plan: episodes 2, 4, and 10; The Celestial Toymaker: episode 4 – all available on the Lost in Time DVD (Amazon US | Amazon UK) – no streaming available.

 

Missing episodes

  • Available on The Lost TV Episodes – Collection 1 (Amazon US | Amazon UK)

    • Galaxy 4 – episodes 1, 2, and 4
    • The Myth Makers – all episodes;
  • Available on The Lost TV Episodes – Collection 2 (Amazon US | Amazon UK)
    • The Daleks’ Master Plan – episodes 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12
    • The Massacre – all episodes
    • The Celestial Toymaker – episodes 1-3
    • The Savages – all episodes

 

Big Finish

The list of Peter’s work with Big Finish can be found at this link. Peter specifically mentioned Daughter of the Gods, and The First Wave.

 

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Episode 29: Tor Loser

Episode 29: Tor Loser

March 22, 2020

In this episode, “Tor Loser,” the team are off to a place where a ruling upperclass lives off the energy and lifeforce of an oppressed working class. No, it’s not Victorian Britain, but actually The Savages - a story that is bizarrely overlooked by a lot of fans, given that it's really quite good.

 

This episode, Anthony gets confused on which story we’re meant to be talking about, Julie gets Savage on Reilly, Don doesn’t bash John Wiles (for a change), and Reilly talks about the Doctor’s Reacting Vibrator. The entire crew is surprised when Dodo is actually useful for a change.

 

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 the entire story as part of the The Lost Episodes: Collection Two 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 28: Flirting with Competence

Episode 28: Flirting with Competence

March 8, 2020

In this episode, “Flirting with Competence,” we’re off to the Wild West so that the Doctor can get a tooth extracted… wait, what!? That’s right – it’s The Gunfighters! Will the Watchers survive the repeated refrains of the infamous Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon?

 

This time around, Anthony raves about the sets and the costumes, Reilly discusses his struggles with Westerns, Julie sings a delightful little ditty based on The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon, and Don finds himself at odds with Reilly’s opinion for the first time in a while. The entire team discusses accents – unsurprisingly, given that three of the four cast members are born and bred Americans

 

For those who want to watch along with us, this story is one that still exists in its entirety. For those in the US, you can get this story on DVD via Amazon US, or if streaming is more your jam, it’s also available on Britbox. Similarly, if you’re in the UK, this is available as part of the Earth Story boxset, available via Amazon UK, and it’s also now available to stream via Britbox UK.

 

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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!

 

Other media mentioned in this episode:

 

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