Doctor Who: Watchers in the Fourth Dimension
Episode 51: A Tale of Two Cybermen (Season 5 Retrospective)

Episode 51: A Tale of Two Cybermen (Season 5 Retrospective)

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 (The Wheel in Space)

Episode 50: Fury from the Web of the Cybermen (The Wheel in Space)

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 (https://amzn.to/3pea8s9) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3pmd2em). The audio of the missing episodes is available as part of The Lost Episodes: Collection Five CD boxset, available Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3jl0H6p) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3G7gq31). This is story is available to stream through Britbox US (http://www.britbox.com) and Britbox UK (http://www.britbox.co.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 (Fury from the Deep)

Episode 49: It‘s Z Cars or Nothing (Fury from the Deep)

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 (https://amzn.to/3nfFRqr) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3C3xSmk). Sadly, this is story is not yet available to stream.

 

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