Doctor Who: Watchers in the Fourth Dimension
Episode 77: Flagrant Abuse of Paisley (The Mutants)

Episode 77: Flagrant Abuse of Paisley (The Mutants)

January 30, 2022

We’re heading off-world for the second time in a season... What is this, the Troughton era!? Actually, no! The Doctor’s just off on another bizarre mission for the Time Lords to help a poor, oppressed species evolve into superbeings because… reasons? Well, whatever the reasons may be, we’ll be talking about them, as we discuss The Mutants!

 

Over the course of the episode, Anthony plays historian (again), Julie gets offended by the term “munt,” Reilly espouses his admiration for the direction, and Don ponders alternate casting with Matt Berry as Varan. The entire crew ponder the question of whether or not there are women on Solos, and if not, how the Solonians reproduce...

 

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If you’re unfamiliar with Apartheid, the Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid)  is a good place to start reading up on the extremely oppressive policy that was in place thanks to the white minority government of South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.

 

For the chronology of the universe (including humanity), according to Doctor Who: http://www.doctorwhochronology.com/homepageold/drwhoold/intro.htm

 

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Episode 76: Rise of the Moustache Brigade (The Sea Devils)

Episode 76: Rise of the Moustache Brigade (The Sea Devils)

January 16, 2022

The Silurians are back, but in aquatic form! And disappointingly called Sea Devils and not Sealurians, because someone decided that they wanted to avoid further scientific inaccuracies. Disappointment over the name of the creatures aside, we spend the episode discussing The Sea Devils - a rollicking adventure that also includes everyone's favourite bearded Time Lord renegade, as well as some jaunts with the Royal Navy. What fun!

 

Over the course of the episode, Julie praises the fine Naval beards on display, Anthony overuses nautical puns (much to the chagrin of the rest of the team), Don takes note of the amount of food consumed in this serial, and Reilly pinpoints the moment that the Third Doctor becomes “cool.” The entire team takes note of Jo’s outfit and ponder the question of style vs. dry cleaning bills.

 

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Episode 75: Arcturus Shot First! (The Curse of Peladon)

Episode 75: Arcturus Shot First! (The Curse of Peladon)

January 2, 2022

We’re off to an alien planet for the first time in Season 9, in The Curse of Peladon, as we head to Peladon, where there’s a bit of a kerfuffle on whether or not the planet should join the Galactic Federation. We talk politics, giant green phalluses, obvious villains not being that villainous, and the continually evolving kinder, gentler Third Doctor!

 

Over the course of the episode, Don expresses his love for Arcturus (the most metal-looking creature to date in the show), Julie finds Jo’s sneezes adorable, Reilly gets excited over model shots, and Anthony once again wonders if Jo realizes that she’s bearding for Yates. The entire crew find themselves loving the nostalgic notes of the serial.

 

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