All Doctor Who in Order
Woah, hang on, just a moment.
Episode one, scene one, shot one. And I'm confused.
Didn't we last see the TARDIS inside the Dalek city when the Dalek Emperor held the Doctor to ransom? And the city then ker-ploded?
I know the TARDIS is indestructable but what's it doing out in this pile of rocks? Clearly the flickering light on the right side of the TARDIS is supposed to be the burning city in the distance.
Well, wherever it is, this is clearly seconds after the 'final end'.
With that in mind, it is rather surprising that Victoria asks about the knobs in front of her (those big eyes being the very embodiment of innocence) and then laughs about the ship taking flight with such light-heartedness, given that she learnt of the death of her father only a few minutes ago. Short memories, these Victorians. I suppose times were harder back then...
Just to underline the point, the Doctor then mentions the deceased and also gets a bit of one-up-manship over the late Mr Waterfield, saying that Victoria's dad had a cack time machine. I'm paragraphrasing.
the first episode of a new season, we get the traditional mini recap telling
us what the premise of the show is all about.
Well anyway, the Cybermen are back! But not in person. Forgetting the episode caption at the start, we are presented with embossed wall art in their shape. But no-one makes mention of it.
explains they are on the home world of the Cybermen.
In the previous story we had the strong, silent, dark-skinned Kemel. This time we have the strong, silent, dark-skinned Toberman. Not at all a racist era then.
It seems very odd that the Cybermen have branded everything with their image. Quite an artistic temprament they have, for an emotionless race.
Interestingy, this story takes the opposite format to its predecessor. In The Evil of the Daleks everyone knew about the foe except for the Doctor. Whereas in The Tomb of the Cybernen, we're being fed numerous references to the threat, we've seen their technology and even their own artistic renderings of themselves. But no sign of the monsters themselves.
wait, is that one whizzing in sideways?!
Victoria has a great figure and I highly approve of the dress she has on. Bravo. Despite her girlyness both in form and function, she is surprisingly pro-active and saves the day twice.
Just as the season four finale showed us the Daleks have a never-before-seen leader, so this season opener shows the Cybermen have the same. Like the Dalek boss, the cyberman controller has more tubes and is taller!
From meek, frozen weakness, the monsters take control. A brilliant ending to the episode.
But randomly, the end music has been replaced by the opening titles music!
They had a first planet, Mondas, and now they have another. Was either their original? It all seems a little different to what's gone before.
In a grapple all the cybermen have a built in didgeridoo and the camera work goes dodgy.
Despite her whimpering, Victoria is heroic again. This time saving the Doctor's life. And did I mention her bum?
the little animals are called cybermats. And there are more, even bigger
The Doctor finally mentions his family too. Quite remarkable, but only a passing remark. I suppose it could just mean Susan but he does say 'them'. He can seem a surprisingly normal man at times, this Doctor.
The cybermats are said to be a form of metalic life. As I said, almost suggesting lots of little metal animals crawling around Telos. It almost implies the Cybermen aren't the man-made creations we were first told about, but perhaps almost evolved as metal, just like the Magnadon way back in The Daleks. As the first Doctor said to Ian, "Can't you imagine a creature unless it's flesh, blood and bone?"
Toberman has been given cyber arms! And the controller can send controlling signals, a bit like the way humans were controlled in the previous Cyberman story.
It's a bit of a mish mash of ideas. Robot animals, frozen robots, brain control, and logical humans. I suppose it's all meant to blur the lines between how robotic we currently are, and how human robots could be.
Nevertheless its a magnificently atmospheric story. The idea of having to go down into the hatch adds to the threat. The slow, zombie like monsters and eerie music make it extremely compelling.
I'm rather surprised that the Doctor rigs up the controls and the door as a fatal trap for the next unwitting human explorers.
Extended theme music again! Very odd.
but at four episodes it seemed quite brief after the last two!
The TARDIS lands and the Doctor is excited to learn he's been here before. The Himalayas! Well his last visit can't have been in any adventure we've seen! How rude. I feel left out.
Nice little reference to the Tombs just left behind.
gets caught by the monks and Jamie finds a load of balls.
Episode two brings a big monster! And the return of the recorder.
is moving quickly with Travers and the Yeti both revealed for what they
are. Or are they?
Episode three slows things down somewhat with rather more talking than doing although they do capture a control sphere. Then we learn a great intelligence will take hold of Earth and they are using the Yeti.
Not a real Yeti. Apparently those are timid. These are robots! Its rather amusing that the existence of real Yeti is taken to be fact by everyone!
Episode four and Yetis galore!
The nasty voice of Padmadamnava reminds me of the Animus, which was a suspiciously similar great intelligence from space which controlled lower life to do its bidding. Maybe the Zarbi and the Yeti have teamed up?
Episode five brings a lot of chat and some exposition. Having finally seen the face of the enemy in a very creepy scene, the real threat remains intangible.
Things have slowed down further and people are chatting a lot. I don't dislike the story but with such great monsters on offer, they don't do much.
Up the hill the menace is growing.
Its actually taken me until episode six to realize what is so unusual about this story. Its the first of a brand new type of Doctor Who story.
Never before has a whole story been set in the past but had futuristic monsters. Although the first 'pseudo historical' was The Time Meddler, there was no actual monster, just the threat of a person.
And not long ago we had The Evil of the Daleks but I would hasten to add that not only did Evil start in the present day and finish in the future, but it was a story fundamentally about time travel.
This tale about the Detsen Monastary is happening very much in the moment. The Great Intelligence has come to Earth and attacked in the 1930s. This simple and remote setting adds a whole new angle to fighting aliens as there is no modern technology to bring to bear like usual.
The final episode sees a tumultuous climax with the Doctor locked in a mental battle whilst Jamie and Thomni take a more physical approach and smash everything.
Travers seemed destined to save the day for a moment but his token gunshot did nothing and his character perhaps seemed redundant in the end.
The story left me a little cold. It was overly long and a tad simplistic. Evil had the Daleks to sustain it but even though the Yetis were fun, there didn't seem enough material to stretch to six episodes.
to do somewhere warmer. The Doctor plays his recorder and off they go.
Hmm, apparently this isn't 'episode one', it is just 'ONE'!
We've alternated time zones back to the future.
Short skirts in mad patterns.
My first thought is that this it's a carbon copy of The Moonbase from last year, which was in itself a copy of The Tenth Planet.
What's the betting that like The Moonbase this technological sytem (which is vital to the survival of Earth) comes under attack from a band of aliens intent on using the technology in their conquest of Earth?
The TARDIS lands on its side! This begs all sorts of questions! How has it happened? Does the inside tip over too? What went wrong? Why has it never happened before?
Contrary to popular belief, Jamie does not think the TARDIS has hardly moved. He actually says that Tibet was bad enough, but "you've just landed us further up a mountain" - not the mountain.
It's a very comedic slapstick start including peering round a corner.
Tight editing. There's a nice little reference to being in retreat in Tibet.
Global cooling is the problem of this future. All the plants have gone and there isn't enough Co2 in the world! Ha, if only!
They've been quite clever by using a 20th century building as their future setting, just with added technology.
The frozen warrior helmet is a bit Viking. But it has electronic connections!
the short skirts and asks if Victoria would wear one! Brilliant and surprisingly
is reasonable but it kind of stutters along. There's political stuff going
on and the monsters, although great, don't do much monstering. The characters
are good but it's not got me absolutely gripped.
Enemy of the World
Victoria has to explain to Jamie why the Doctor suggests taking a bucket and spade - This seems logical until Jamie exclaims that building sand castles is for children, so he clearly knows of the passtime! Did they build many sandcastles in the Scottish Highlands in the 18th century?
There then follows an extremely exciting chase where hovercraft fellas try to shoot the Doctor, thinking he is 'someone'. Our heroes escape in a helicopter which strangely the Doctor seems to make fun of Jamie for not knowing about.
Astrid runs through the types of doctor he might be, and he won't accept any.
Ah, we learn it's a doppleganger issue! It looks to be heading for another Massacre thing. When we see Salamander we find his vocal chords are the same too! But with a different accent.
Jamie likens his technology to the Ioniser from the last story. Another nice simple link to the last story.
The Doctor proclaims it would take him three months to master the accent of Salamander! But he had three minutes and in a brilliant turn, becomes the world dictator.
Episode two sees the Doctor agree to help and we meet many more characters. There are a couple of surprisingly comic moments as the Astrid insults the time-travellers and then the Doctor mis-hears "disused jetty" as "disused Yeti"!
Jamie poses as a saviour to the baddie and wrangles a job for him and Victoria - his 'girlfriend'!
In episode four things get quite complex and satisfyingly interesting. In a story devoid of a real monster, the opponents of the dictator are keen to point out the monstrous nature of Salamander.
As with episode three the music does feel strongly like stock material.
is quite tough, but no more gritty than moments in the previous story
where the Ice Warriors are stalking Victoria.
It's also unusual to have a prolonged sequence in the TARDIS. Victoria remarks on how long they've been trapped. The Doctor had time enough to wire up a new machine, but she's still in the same dress. Hours? Days? She could have changed and changed back!
They land in gloomy tunnels and again the quality is cinematic. Well-lit, spooky music, and shot from interesting angles. Low angles I might add, with Victoria's skirt-shortness being of particular note.
The three heads pop round the corner just as with The Ice Warriors!
In episode two we have a unique moment in Doctor Who as Travers meets Jamie and Victoria, hardly a day older! It's so unusual that characters others than the Doctor know about the monsters and a threat.
on apace as all the protagonists move into the tunnels.
Episode three moves on with a briefing explaining the events prior to episode one, and also interesting is the fact that the Doctor remarks on the design change of the Yeti monsters.
plans to blow the tunnel are revealed, the plan is foiled before of starts...
Someone is a double agent!
There's a failed muck about in the tunnels, with the suspicious but quite charming Lethbridge Stewart chap, and then back at base the Yeti burst in with Travers! He is the agent of the Yeti!
In a very disturbing scene, the Great Intelligence speaks through the usually lovable Travers and tells of its plans to exploit the Doctor's mind. Its weird to hear the Intelligence has been watching the Doctor through time and space.
And with Victoria captured the Doctor may have no choice. But he is cleverly rigging a control sphere to work for him.
There's a chilling moment when they nearly come a cropper trying to get their modified sphere into a Yeti.
As episode six begins, The Doctor is suspicious of the Colonel and he's played in a rather creepy way. The whole story is based on suspense and the constantly echoing soundtrack makes it extremely atmospheric. The story does tend to drag a bit, with quite long tunnel scenes but these do add their own weight to the feel of doom.
Into the lion's den go Travers and Victoria. I do get very confused knowing that they are father and daughter in real life, whilst Travers has his fictional daughter in the series. I keep expecting Victoria to call him father!
The Doctor and Jamie struggle to figure out which is their Yeti! That TV reporter has turned up again. Suspicion is back onto him and the paranoia is kept up.
The uncerainty of the situation is compounded by the Yeti's on/off nature. The scene where Jamie is trying to control theirs is tense.
The real traitor is revealed. Not unlike Evil the Doctor is to be converted but Jamie foolishly unleashes the ally Yeti.
In a shock twist we find that the Doctor's plan is foiled, and his set up to defeat the intelligence is ruined. He was moments from utterly defeating the Great Intelligence but instead only cut its contact with Earth. Not quite a defeat for our hero.. but a really interesting end. And leaving the door open for another Yeti sequel.
ends with a rather silly moment as the time travelers are worried about
from the Deep
They have a little frolick in the foam and Victoria's skirt is remarkably short for such antics. Hooray!
Investigating a pipe the Doctor whips out a snazzy new little gadget he calls a sonic screwdriver! Most interesting!
We meet Robson in the base. Once again following a very dinstinctive template the same as The Ice Warriors with a group of workers providing a vital service which is under threat from ... Something.
Something in the gas pipe.
Any time you have to use the word "something" to describe the threat, it immediately becomes more sinister...
It seems that there's a human threat at work too... And as a result Victoria becomes splattered with sticky white goo. No-one wants to see that kind of thing.
two Victoria describes a seaweed monster. The fact its only described
and not seen makes it all the more disturbing.
Meanwhile Mrs thingy has been visited by Mr Oak and Mr Quill. I don't know which is which, but they both look like sex offenders. The goggle eyed one is hideous as he opens his mouth and spews gas. The fat one is less scary as he's wearing lip-liner.
Its down there. In the darkness. In the pipeline. Waiting. Roll credits.
His immortal line is different in the recap of episode three, and delivered differently.
This era is big on atmosphere and short on content. Everything is drawn out, menacing, slow, and deliberate. The same was true of The Web of Fear. It's not a major criticism but it does start to feel very obvious that they are struggling to fill six episodes.
The Doctor finds an 18th century picture of a seaweed monster in a book. They surmise that that's how long this creature has been known, at least in the legend of ancient mariners. I love that kind of thing where a genuine Earth legend ties in with a new monster. It is also exactly what we had with the Yeti recently.
It's also interesting that we have an Earth-evolved menace, instead of one from outer space, which is a first in the show.
Robson has gone totally bonkers, but just as you're wondering where his character can go next, he gets gassed and turns into a seaweed man.
The foam in this story has a lot in common with the Web in the previous story. It serves as a physical representation of a spreading threat. Normally a menace is largely conceptual, assuming it isnt an actual pitched battle for territory. But the Web and Weed Foam are real creeping terrors. You can out-run them easily but they are relentless and you get the feeling they will reach you eventually.
Suddenly Victoria seems unhappy with her adventures. The Doctor says that trouble is the spice of life, but she's fed up of being scared.
Mrs Harris spookily walks into the sea. The alien menace taking over humans is another theme repeated in recent times. The Daleks did it, the Cybermen did it, the Yeti did it and now the Weed monster.
In episode four we find the original William Hartnell music has unexpectedly returned! How weird and empty it sounds now, by comparison.
Victoria further voices her distress at constant... Distress. She has so many questions, bourne from her own fears about being infected.
As Van Luychens
goes to investigate we see a horrible moment as he's grabbed by an organic
arm from the foam and dragged under by a weed-covered appendage.
still has the wrong music!
It had taken over the top people and after stealing Victoria in the form of Hobson, he says the Doctor must go over to them!
six and Victoria's scream is too loud for the baddie monster and they
Not long after, we have another silly moment where Victoria finds she can't scream due to stage fright. They are surprisingly frivolous bits in an otherwise quite scary story.
All hell breaks loose as the weed monster bursts in. but the noise weapons repel the attack.
The undercurrent of discontent from Victoria comes to a head as she expresses her desire to leave. It's the most nicely foreshadowed and well-handled departure since Susan, with both the Doctor and companion being sad to part company, but knowing its for the best.
What's really sad is Jamie, apparently quite besotted with her, but too controlled to ever say anything (aside from the occasional sneaky remark about skirt lengths) is left in the middle.
He clearly wants her to stay and tries to change her mind a little but in the end has no say in it.
the saddest moment of the series when Jamie says he doesn't care where
their next journey takes them. He's just thinking of her. Tragic.
season finale we go! Last time it was Daleks... but they have been totally
destroyed. For ever. So what this time? We already had Cybermen once this
season. And Yeti twice. There isn't really a fourth-most-popular monster.
Then once they land, we discover the Doctor can remove the time vector generator and make the TARDIS a normal police box!
How on Earth will they put it back if they can't get inside the ship?!
The Doctor carries sherbert dips!
They talk about Victoria which is sweet. Jamie asks what she must be doing now, and the Doctor side-steps telling Jamie she'll be long dead!
A funny robot bimbles around and at the controls throws the ship off course, making the Doctor hit his head.
The robot then turns its attention to a pod which opens, some egg things float out and off into space! Mad stuff.
Never before have we gone this long into an episode by just following the Doctor and companion. Its twenty minutes into the episode before some other people turn up!
A team of people in a futuristic space place? Base under siege formula anyone?
eggs float along and attach to the Wheel but the inhabitants plan to destroy
the carrier! Crikey!
trying to invent morse code using a laser! Clever chap!
brings a quick recap of what the Cybermen are, for Jarvis and for new
viewers. Interestingly, contrary to both previous stories, these humans
don't know of Cybermen. In The Moonbase, we're told that "every
child" knows there were Cybermen. Maybe we're much further in the
future now and they've been forgotten?
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