Doctor Who: Watchers in the Fourth Dimension

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 (  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.


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