Watchers in the Fourth Dimension: A Doctor Who Podcast
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…

 

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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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Episode 48: Chonkers 2: Underground Boogaloo

Episode 48: Chonkers 2: Underground Boogaloo

December 20, 2020

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension face off against the villainy of the Great Intelligence, the Yeti, and the powers-that-be at the London Underground! It can only be the return of everyone’s favourite chonkers and the introduction of a Doctor Who legend in the once-lost-now-(mostly)-found story that is The Web of Fear!

 

Over the course of our discussion, Don underestimates the therapeutic power of making tea, Julie expresses a rare enjoyment of Private Evans (someone, somewhere had to like that character), Reilly ponders whether there might have been a better tool for the Great Intelligence than the Yeti, and Anthony talks about Welsh teeth (again). The entire crew discusses the best example to date of a Doctor Who ramping up the tension through an atmosphere of claustrophobia and paranoia.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD (with the missing episode as a reconstruction) through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. There is also a version with the missing episode animated available for pre-order through Amazon UK (not available in the USA… yet). This is also available to stream through both BritBox US and BritBox UK.

 

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Bonus Episode 7: The War on Happy (2020 Holiday Special)

Bonus Episode 7: The War on Happy (2020 Holiday Special)

December 13, 2020

In this bonus episode, “The War on Happy,” the entire Watchers crew convene for a Holiday special, in which they discuss two musical “classics” related to Doctor Who. Guided by our very own Don, we begin with the timeless Christmas classic “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek” by the Go-Go’s. Not content with the pain that they put themselves through with that, next up is “Who’s Dr. Who?” by the our very own Frazer Hines (we’re claiming him).

 

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Episode 47: Their Matching Skirts Nearly Kilt Me

Episode 47: Their Matching Skirts Nearly Kilt Me

December 6, 2020

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension are travelling back to 2018 – where an egotistical and nefarious world leader is trying to stockpile power through increasingly subversive acts of tyranny. No, it’s not real life – it’s the Doctor Who serial The Enemy of the World, and the world leader in question is Salamander, the doppelganger of our own hero, The Doctor!

 

Over the course of the discussion, Anthony does some terrible impressions of the Doctor doing terrible impressions of Salamander, Don expresses his desire for Griffin the Chef to join the TARDIS full-time, Reilly talks about the use of rear projection to show the increased budget, and Julie heaps praise on the strong female characters. The entire team discusses the type of relationship that Jamie and Victoria may actually have.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD through both Amazon UK and Amazon US. It is also available to stream on both BritBox UK and BritBox US.

 

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Episode 46: Closed Due to Glacier

Episode 46: Closed Due to Glacier

November 22, 2020

This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension ask themselves “oven mitt or lego hand?” as something is stirring in the ice… in the latest of these seemingly never ending “base under siege” stories, it’s The Ice Warriors!

 

Over the course of our discussion, Reilly discusses the size of the Ice Warriors’ hips and the cold-blooded nature of reptiles, Anthony criticizes the animation style for episodes 3 and 4, Julie praises the costume design in the story, and Don questions the naming of the titular aliens. The entire team discusses the experience of having to work for a bad boss (like Clent) – we’ve all been there!

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD (with the missing episodes animated) through both Amazon UK and Amazon US. Sadly, this one doesn’t seem to be available for streaming.

 

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Episode 45: Chonkers of the Himalayas

Episode 45: Chonkers of the Himalayas

November 8, 2020

Moving further into the show’s famous “base under siege” season, we discuss The Abominable Snowmen – a story in which a Lovecraftian disembodied intelligence utilizes some #THICC robot Yeti to carry out its nefarious plan for World domination! 

 

Over the course of our discussion, Reilly praises the proactive role of Victoria in this story, Anthony expresses a desire for a TARDIS band, Julie declares her appreciation for the familial relationship between Jamie and Victoria, and Don talks about the complete lack of introspection on the part of the Monks. The whole crew find themselves debating the intricacies of how the relationship between the Yeti and their control spheres.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is mostly missing. The surviving episode can be found as part of the Lost in Time box set, which is available through Amazon UK or Amazon US. The soundtracks of the missing episodes can be found as part of The Lost TV Episodes Collection 4, also available through Amazon UK or Amazon US. For those who prefer recons, we don’t want to get in trouble by linking directly, but they can be found by searching on Dailymotion

 

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Episode 44: The Cyberman Outreach Program

Episode 44: The Cyberman Outreach Program

October 25, 2020

After a brief diversion in the shape of our Dragon Con panel, we are BACK to continue our journey through all of Doctor Who as we get started with Season 5 of the show. This episode, we discuss a story where our heroes get drawn into a remake of The Mummy starring a rag-tag group of archaeologists, some logicians, and the Cybermen… it’s The Tomb of the Cybermen!

 

Over the course of the episode, Julie praises Victoria’s characterisation, Anthony’s mind goes to the gutter, Reilly ponders whether the Scrubbing Bubbles brand is part of a Cyberman plot, and Don discusses the inferiority complex of the Brotherhood of Logicians. The whole team questions the archaeological method on display in this story and whether it was sensible in any way, shape, or form.

 

For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD from via Amazon UK as part of the Revisitations 3 box set, and as a standalone release through Amazon US. It’s also available for streaming on Britbox US and Britbox UK.

 

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