DOCTOR WHO AND THE SILURIANS

Episode 1

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: Is this the first time we’ve seen the words ‘Doctor Who and the...’ in the title?
Me: The first and only time, yes.
Sue: You sound like you’re annoyed. What’s wrong?
Me: You won’t have a problem with it because you think the character’s name is Doctor Who.
Sue: But it is Doctor Who.
Me: I don’t agree.
Sue: Even in the face of all this mounting evidence? You’re insane.
Me: In fact, the title of this story is wrong on so many levels, it’s difficult to know where to begin…

Two potholers are exploring some caves…

Sue: This doesn’t look like it was shot on film. We’re back in the studio again, aren’t we? That’s a shame. Still, at least the sound is okay, even if the colours are a bit smudgy around the edges.

The potholers are attacked by a dinosaur.

Sue: At least the director is trying to disguise the fact that the monster isn’t very good. Blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, thankfully.

We cut to the Doctor tinkering with a vintage yellow car.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: His number plate is WHO. Why would he have that number plate if his surname wasn’t Who? You’ll just have to accept it, love. That’s his name.

Talking of names, the Doctor has decided to christen his new mode of transportation: Bessie.

Sue: I didn’t know his stupid little car had a stupid little name. How quaint.

Liz convinces the Doctor to take Bessie for a quick spin up to Wenley Moor’s nuclear research facility. It’s a day out, I suppose.

Sue: Is this the British version of the Large Hadron Collider? Do they accidentally suck everyone into a black hole? Is that the plot?
Me: And where, exactly, would a dinosaur fit into that?
Sue: Don’t look at me, I didn’t write it.

Dr Quinn activates the reactor’s complicated intercom system so he can ask his colleague to join him in the control room.

Sue: Why doesn’t he just wave at her? She’s standing two feet away from him!

And no, she doesn’t recognise Fulton Mackay, although fans of 1970s sitcoms shouldn’t give up hope yet.

Sue: So is the Brigadier in every Jon Pertwee story?
Me: He’s in most of them, yes.
Sue: Good.

Wenley Moor’s security officer, Major Baker, doesn’t like the fact that UNIT are interfering in his affairs.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: He can’t shut his briefcase, but he’s carrying on with the scene anyway. What a trouper. And he’s definitely got the hots for Liz. Actually, he’s borderline creepy.

As the scientists conduct another experiment, a technician begins to behave very oddly indeed.

Sue: Are the aliens hypnotising the humans again? It’s the same story every week!

What has changed is Sue’s appreciation for the incidental music.

Sue: I really like it. Is it Dudley?
Me: No, it isn’t.
Sue: I didn’t think so. It’s good. I love the oboes.

The Doctor is threatened by the same dinosaur we saw earlier. Cue credits.

Sue: Oh dear, that really does look naff.

 

Episode 2

Doctor Who and the SiluriansCaptain Hawkins is driving Sue potty.

Sue: I recognise his voice. I’ve definitely heard it before.
Me: You have. He’s very famous.
Sue: Just tell me.
Me: It’s Paul Darrow.
Sue: Is that supposed to mean something to me?
Me: He’s Avon! From Blake’s 7! We named a cat after him, she’s outside playing with Orac the hedgehog right now. How can you live with me and not know this stuff?
Sue: I thought Avon was a girl’s name.
Me: I know, I thought she was a boy, which is why her pregnancy came as a bit of a shock.
Sue: And I’ve never seen Blake’s 7. I thought we were saving that for the sequel, Adventures with the Wife and Blake?

She’s joking, of course. That will never happen.

I should probably interject here and explain that part of my job entails me teaching students the finer points of Blake’s 7 during a lecture on 1970s telefantasy for a university module called MAC387: Science Fiction and Fantasy Television. I am not making this up. I even talk about the Silurians. Anyway, each year I show them the climatic last five minutes of Blake (it’s technically from the 1980s but what can you do?) and, without fail, they always laugh their socks off. So, Paul Darrow, beautiful man that he is, recorded this for me, so I could play it to them as their laughter subsided.

Sue: Anyway, I’m glad there are two monsters in this story. The first one was shit.

Cue kazoo!

Sue: Okay, the music has gone a bit mental now. Bring back Dudley. No, wait. Hire somebody else.

The Doctor and the Brigadier gang up on Dr Lawrence.

Sue: The Brigadier and the Doctor obviously respect each other. I like that. The Brig is basically acting like one of his companions.

The episode concludes with Liz trapped in a barn with a Silurian.

Sue: Poor Liz. I’m sorry I didn’t say a lot about that episode. That’s the trouble with the good ones: I get too wrapped up in the story to say very much.

 

Episode 3

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: It must be hard work walking around with vision like that. I’d keep bumping into things.

When Dr Quinn arrives at the barn, which is miles out of his way, he arouses the Doctor’s suspicions. Sue, on the other hand, has more important things on her mind.

Sue: Bessie will get soaked in that rain. He should have put the roof up.

At least the big-budget helicopter sequence goes down well.

Sue: It looks great, but what are they hoping to achieve with those silly flares, exactly?

Dr Quinn activates a Silurian recall device.

Sue: I’m sure I’ve heard that sound effect somewhere else. It’s driving me mad.
Me: When you picked me up from that Doctor Who convention I went to in Newcastle on Saturday, Paul Jones kept mimicking that noise behind your back. You know, just to tease you.
Sue: Is that what you fans do at conventions? You sit around making Doctor Who noises all night?
Me: Not all night, no. By the way, what did you think of the convention? When you weren’t hiding in the restaurant, I mean.
Sue: The food was terrible. The prawn starter was an Asda ready meal smothered in balsamic vinegar. It was awful.
Me: Yes, but apart from that, what did you think?
Sue: It was more normal than I expected. It was a bit boring, actually. I thought everyone would be dressed-up. I did see the back of Peter Purves’ head, though – not that I would have known it was Peter Purves’ head if you hadn’t pointed it out to me. And I got to meet Rob Shearman, too, which was nice. You never told me Rob Shearman was that nice, Neil.

The episode concludes with our first good look at a Silurian.

Sue: Is that a fish?

She doesn’t know what to make of the so-called aliens at first.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: Are you sure we haven’t seen them before?
Me: They turn up in Matt Smith’s era quite a lot.
Sue: Do they? I’m sure I’d remember them if they did.

I open my laptop and show her an image of a 21st century Silurian.

Sue: Piss off! They don’t look anything like them!
Me: I know! Ridiculous, isn’t it?
Sue: The new ones are so much better. The old ones look dreadful.

 

Episode 4

Sue: I’m surprised they killed Dr Quinn. I thought he’d be there to the end.

When the Doctor bumps into a Silurian, he offers it the hand of friendship.

Sue: I love that. That sums the Doctor up for me. Anybody else would have run away or shot at it.

The Doctor is disappointed when the Silurian decides to run away.

Sue: Has this Doctor got a lisp?
Me: Have you only just noticed that?
Sue: Yes. Is this part of his punishment? Have the Time Lords done this to him so people won’t take him seriously?

The Brigadier and the Doctor can’t agree on how to proceed.

Sue: There’s quite a bit of tension between the Brigadier and the Doctor. The Doctor doesn’t trust the Brig, does he? It’s difficult to watch this because I like both of them. And there’s another problem with this story.
Me: Oh yes? What’s that?
Sue: The funny noises. They must be using frequencies that our dog can’t handle; she’s left the room to get away from them. It’s not right, Neil.

The Silurians interrogate Major Baker.

Sue: These Silurians strut around like they own the place.
Me: But they do own the place.
Sue: Yes, but they’re walking around like they’re super-cool. I’m not saying they look cool, they just think they look cool.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansWhen the Doctor and Liz are harassed by a dinosaur, Sue exclaims:

Sue: I’m pretty sure that’s chroma.

She didn’t really say that. What she really said was: “That looks a bit dodgy”. Ha! Just you bloody wait, love…

Sue: It’s a very gritty episode. It’s as if we’re watching an adult drama for a change. This is definitely not for kids.

 

Episode 5

The biggest topic up for discussion in this episode is the young, hot-headed Silurian, or as Nicol so eloquently puts it as she strides into the living room:

Nicol: It’s Jar Jar Binks!

I think it’s because he keeps shaking his head as he walks and talks.

Sue: Maybe he’s got Parkinson’s Disease?
Me: It’s Packer who’s doing the Silurian voices, by the way. You know – “Paaaacker…”
Sue: What? All of them?
Me: Yes.
Sue: *** off!
Me: I am not making it up. It’s Peter Halliday from The Invasion. The actors inside the costumes are probably overcompensating when it comes to moving their heads because they aren’t the ones doing the talking.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansThe Silurians have got themselves into a bit of a pickle, or as Sue puts it:

Sue: That was one hell of a lie-in!

She likes the idea that the Silurians are the planet’s indigenous life form, even though she’s heard it all before.

Me: You have. There’s a Matt Smith story with practically the same plot and the same aliens. This one is much better, though.
Sue: I wouldn’t go that far.
Me: Do you want to sleep on the couch tonight, love?

As a young Silurian plots humanity’s downfall, Sue believes the Doctor has been tricked.

Sue: Has the Silurian gone back on his word? That was quick!
Me: No, this is a completely different Silurian.
Sue: They all look the same to me.
Me: Racist.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansGeoffrey Palmer’s Man from the Ministry turns up to sort things out. Or, if you’re Sue: “The crap husband from Butterflies will fix it.”

Sue: (Singing) “Love is like a Butterfly…” Wait a minute, this guy’s name is Masters. He’s not the, you know… Is he?
Me: No, he most certainly isn’t.

Masters prepares to return to London, even though he’s feeling bit under the weather.

Sue: It’s probably Ria’s cooking repeating on him again.

The Doctor and the Brigadier arrive at Wenley Moor’s hospital as Major Baker succumbs to the Silurians’ disease.

Sue: Don’t touch him, you idiots! Opps, too late. I hope he’s only got the measles.

But it isn’t the measles and Major Baker drops down dead.

Sue: It’s all gone a bit Survivors, now. What would Greg do?

 

Episode 6

Sue: Hang on a minute. The Doctor said it was an alien disease. So are these Silurians aliens or not?
Me: I think he means ‘unknown’. Don’t be so pedantic.
Sue: But it’s a crucial plot point, surely?

The Brigadier barks some orders into his personal radio.

Sue: We couldn’t afford walkie-talkies when we were kids, so me and our kid would steal car aerials and just pretend.
Me: A racist and a vandal. It’s all coming out tonight.

Masters returns to London with the Silurians’ disease oozing from his every pore.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: This is great. I’m not sure you’d get away with something like this today, not with all the compliance forms you have to deal with. I don’t think the public actually knew they were appearing in an episode of Doctor Who; the camera is miles away. It’s really well-directed, though. It’s very realistic. It’s more Cathy Come Home than Doctor Who.

Oh, and she’s completely obsessed with the Silurians’ tiled flooring.

Sue: It looks like Terrazzo. Or maybe it’s Karndean. It’s very nice, whatever it is. They must be an advanced civilisation if they’ve invented flooring as nice as that.

Masters collapses in the street, and half of London follows in his wake.

Sue: Bloody hell, it’s turned into Threads. This is very bleak.

The Doctor implies that he’s several thousand years old.

Sue: But I thought the Doctor was only a thousand and something.
Nicol: The Doctor lies.

Oh, so she is listening, even if her face is buried in Facebook.

Doctor Who and the SiluriansSue: The make-up is really good.

Half of Dr Lawrence’s face appears to be missing.

Sue: Too good, perhaps. This is definitely not for kids.

The Doctor is kidnapped by some Silurians after they burn a hole in the wall that leads to his lab.

Sue: Can’t he feel the heat coming off that wall? And surely he can hear that terrible music. Our poor dog…

 

Episode 7

Sue: The Brigadier seems to spend a lot of time on the telephone. This is a basically a masterclass in telephone acting.

Captain Hawkins is killed by the Silurians’ death ray.

Me: No! Not Paul Darrow!

The Silurians force the Doctor to rig the power complex to a device that will destroy the Van Allen Belt. If successful, the planet will become too hot for humanity to handle.

Sue: Can’t he turn it on just a little bit, so they can have a nice summer?

Doctor Who and the SiluriansAs the Doctor gets to grips with the machinery, Sue raises a solitary eyebrow.

Sue: The Doctor’s in a t-shirt. That’s not right, is it? Saying that, Pertwee is certainly ripped. He must work out. He reminds me of this old, butch lesbian I used to know.

The Doctor tricks the Silurians into overloading the nuclear reactor.

Sue: (Shouting) It’s too loud! I can’t hear the dialogue! What’s going on?
Me: (Yelling) PARDON? WHAT DID YOU SAY?

The complex is about to explode, so the Silurians leg it back to their base for a quick nap.

Sue: The Doctor must be bluffing. You’d think the Silurians would check his story before they buggered off.

Which means Sue is completely wrong-footed when she discovers that the reactor is going to explode, after all.

Sue: WHAT?

The Doctor saves the day by reversing the polarity.

Sue: I feel sorry for the Silurians. I can see where they were coming from.

The Brigadier ensures that the Silurians’ base is destroyed.

Sue: Oh, Brigadier, I’m very disappointed in you. And the Doctor will be furious with you, too.

 

The Score

Sue: That was excellent. I might have to give this another 10… No, on second thought, it’s at least one episode too long, and the dinosaur served no purpose at all. Some of the Silurian acting was a bit over the top, as well. No, I’ll give it:

9/10

Sue: It was very good, though. It’s as if we’re watching proper telly all of a sudden. The location work was some of the best I’ve seen in the series so far, and the plot was complex enough to keep me entertained. Are all the Pertwee stories as good as this, Neil?

 

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Comments

  1. Robert Dick  November 16, 2011

    Does Sue know Greg was at the convention at the weekend as well?

  2. Loki  November 16, 2011

    Sue liked this one?! Maybe I’m stomping on fandom, but it’s basically Cold Blood and Hungry Earth, except 40 years out of its league and at least 50 minutes longer than it should be.

    Ah well, on location and colour must be a blessing.

    Are we not to mention Pertwee dressing up as a woman?

    • Robert Dick  November 16, 2011

      Much as I love Matt’s stories, Cold Blood and Hungry Earth is also 50 mins longer than it should be (the second 50 mins specifically)

      Why would we mention Pertwee dressed as a woman? Not yet, anyway.

    • PolarityReversed  November 16, 2011

      Haven’t lined them up side by side, but my impression watching the Matt Smith story was that it was pretty much a remake of this and the other Pertwee lizard encounter shoved together.

      And I would say that “it’s basically Cold Blood and Hungry Earth, except …” is a bit like calling Secret Army “just like Allo Allo, but serious”.

    • Richard Lyth  November 16, 2011

      That’s pretty much what I thought too. I think I’d have enjoyed this more if I’d watched it years ago – it’s a great concept but the Matt Smith story does it a lot better, and it’s not even one of my particular favourites. There’s plenty of good non-Silurian stuff in it though – episode three being one big chase, episode six turning into a stop-the-plague story, so it’s not a complete loss.

      • PolarityReversed  November 17, 2011

        Not sure I like the idea of Amy Pond as a representative in humanity’s first diplomatic summit with another species…

  3. Jimmy  November 16, 2011

    She likes him being called Doctor Who in the title? Oh for the days of The War Machines and “Doctor COMMA Who”! :p

    Still, great to see just how much she is loving Pertwee so far.

  4. Loki  November 16, 2011

    Oh and for the record, the whole time I watched Pertwee, I never guessed he had a lisp. Maybe it’s because I’m American and I might be missing the subtler aspects of the British accent, but I never caught on until someone informed me. Gosh, was I shocked.

  5. Alisaunder  November 16, 2011

    The noise WAS horrendous, but I really like this episode. Does she like Liz any better now? And I really hated to see Avon die in this. I loved him so much better than Captain Yates. To be fair, any show if you take out only the one key scene and none of what led to it, its going to have no impact. The last scene of Blake’s 7, oh man! But if you hadnt seen any of the show and Blake and Avon, it wont mean anything. Sad but true.

    I KNEW Sue would notice carpentry. 🙂 Ambassadors for a long time bored me, but I finally rewatched it and found I really liked it. I really really really want her to love Roger though. If she prefers the blonde I dont know what Ill do.

    • Daru  November 18, 2011

      Yeah! Me too – actually I had never looked at the floor if the Silurian base scenes. But I have always been really impressed by the look of the base. I love the kind of fused glass look.

      Fab.

  6. Dave Sanders  November 16, 2011

    At last! It took fifty-two stories, but “the new ones look so much better” is thus far the first and ONLY time I’ve vocally responded with an “oh fuck off”. 🙂

    Enjoy The Ambassadors Of Death while it lasts Sue, because it’ll be the last good proper music you get for ages – it’ll be stylophones, Bronze Age moogs and Malcom Clarke’s trimphone for a good three seasons after that. When Stradling, Ayres and company wanted to adopt a UNIT theme for the DVD documentaries, did they bother looking at ANYTHING from the remaining four years of Pertwee? Nope; they plumped straight for the ‘UNIT on the move’ flute and electric piano music adorning the vehicle bits of AoD. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

    • PolarityReversed  November 16, 2011

      Hur hur. Loved that jazzy minor mambo on AoD. Played it on a gig a couple of times. It’s so Avengers, isn’t it?

      Still reckon I prefer the minimalist approach of this period to the overbearing cack-handed epic symphonic soup we get nowadays. Does Murray Gold actually know what “underscoring” means?

      Pass me the bass clarinet nurse, I’m having one of my turns…

      • Dan  November 16, 2011

        I thought the music got lot better this season.

      • Dan  November 16, 2011

        I mean the 2011 season.

        • PolarityReversed  November 18, 2011

          Fair play, you may be right there. At very least the sound mixing seems tamer. Seems so to me anyway, since I’ve only had to rewind a few bits to catch gabbled, muttered throwaway lines, rather than rewatch whole episodes with subtitles.

          Still prefer “less is more” though. I mean, it’s Dr Who not Lord of the Rings… Murray, dahling…

  7. PolarityReversed  November 16, 2011

    She noticed the title! Surely there’s no way back for her now…
    Apologies to whoever picked me up on this last thread: yeah, it is Marylebone. Paul Darrow’s a good sport, isn’t he!

    Please please please tell me you dress Orac the hedgehog up in little multicoloured flashing LEDs for parties. Pleeeease!

    The Wurzel era is off to a blinding start as far as Sue’s concerned, and I’m glad about that. Still reckon she’ll be cheering for Jo to get killed off at every opportunity and go wobbly at the knees over Benton…

    • Frankymole  November 16, 2011

      If we’re talking about dishy blokes then it’ll be interesting to see if she recognises the Dominator starring in the next episode.

  8. John Callaghan  November 16, 2011

    The Paul Darrow speech is inspired! Do you play it over the silent bit of the end credits? It’s as if the music was faded down in readiness!

  9. Richard Parker  November 16, 2011

    “Pertwee was ripped”????

    Ye gods.

  10. Matthew Kilburn  November 16, 2011

    I’ve known about Chromakey/CSO for over thirty years. It is thirty-five years since I first read ‘Doctor Who – The Three Doctors’. It takes me until reading this post to get the pun in ‘I’m pretty sure that’s Cromer.’ I have such a literal mind, evidently. (Or alternatively, not at all.)

    • Richard Parker  November 16, 2011

      It took me donkies’ years to get that too.

      • Dan  November 16, 2011

        Just got it. But then I was only two at the time.

    • CJJC  November 16, 2011

      It’s taken me until this comment to get that. Good work.

      • Dan  November 16, 2011

        Whenever it’s been quoted (a lot) I assumed it was to highlight the Brigadier’s inveterate parochialism. (I didn’t assume in so many words). Turns out to be a bit of a mult-layered in-joke, that we’re all getting for the first time.

      • ythri  November 16, 2011

        Same here. i always just assumed that Cromer had some significance that was lost to this American.

    • Rollocks  November 16, 2011

      For what it’s worth I got the pun first time I saw the DVD (I was 7 when it was originally repeated).

    • Pete  November 23, 2011

      *smacks forehead*

      I’ve NEVER realised that. Genuinely! It’s like Neo being an anagram of “One” all over again…

  11. Luke Harrison  November 16, 2011

    Ah, MAC modules, I remember those. Never did any myself as I was busy with all my AND modules, but I had plenty of friends in the media department who did.

    Glad that Sue can appreciate at least some of Carey Blyton’s music, I love it all myself.

  12. Simon Harries  November 16, 2011

    Mention of Rob Shearman reminds me of the very enjoyable conversation we had on Sunday at the con, during a lull in his signing session, quoting bits of Peter Miles dialogue at each other in the appropriate accents. Having done Nyder, we started on Doctor Lawrence and his death-knell rant: “You can clear out of here, all of you! And take that crazy Doctor with you! Well, are you going?!! Or do I have to throw you out myself?!!!!” I expect Michael Troughton and the other souvenir stall-holders must have written us off as a right pair of prannies. (“Speak for yourself, Simon!” exclaims the esteemed author…)

    I really love this story – and my favourite scenes revolve around the London plague outbreak. Geoffrey Palmer’s collapse against the railings is terrific! I concede that the story is too long, but I don’t mind, because it doesn’t bore me. It develops from one story (Quinn’s quest) into another (the plague and how to beat it), just as all the good six-parters do e.g. Seeds of Doom being a two-parter in Antarctica followed by a four-parter in Chase’s mansion. A far cry from something like The Time Monster which, frankly, I struggled to get through and never want to see again.

    Incidentally, the CD of Carey Blyton’s music is a good’un, and the suite of music from The Silurians is much less kazoo-heavy than in the transmitted version. There’s a lovely theme for the Brigadier on that disc. Maybe you should play it to Sue the next time she’s cooking?!

    • John G  November 16, 2011

      Yes, those London plague scenes are genuinely chilling, and one of the best features of the story. It’s weird how the show would go in just a couple of years from a masterpiece like this to the dross of The Time Monster – it’s equally odd that Pertwee’s 7-parters feel considerably shorter, in general, than his 6-parters.

  13. Paul Mudie  November 16, 2011

    It’s early days, but I’m very pleased that Sue is enjoying the Pertwee era so far. She’s right about the music being a bit mental in this one though. It was a brave creative choice, but perhaps not a wise one. It tends to make the Silurians seem more comic than they do already, with their wobbly heads.

    Incidentally, my own Special Lady saw this one and immediately asked me to go online and find her a “nodding dog” Silurian, but alas! They don’t seem to exist! 🙁

  14. John G  November 16, 2011

    Great to see The Silurians (as I insist on calling it), basking in the glow of Sue’s love. Another top 5 story as far as I’m concerned, and Pertwee’s finest hour. The depth of characterisation Hulke achieves here is astonishing, with even minor characters coming over as three dimensional – superb performances all round too, particularly from Peter Miles, Geoffrey Palmer and Fulton Mackay. The moral dilemma that sits at the heart of the story, meanwhile, is exploited to superb dramatic effect, and Hulke is very good at making both sides as morally dubious as the other. This has to be one of the darkest of all Who stories, with an heroic Doctor caught in the middle and tragically unable, ultimately, to bring about the peaceful coexistence he desires to see between the two races. Sue is right – this is a remarkably adult script, and it would be interesting to know what people who were kids at the time made of it on first broadcast.

    Another treat coming up next with the almost-as-brilliant Ambassadors – possibly the most underrated story of them all?

  15. Graeme C-G  November 16, 2011

    Neil, you need to by Sue a crumhorn for Christmas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crumhorn

  16. matt bartley  November 16, 2011

    I feel a bit sorry for Sue in a way – starting with two (I’d go as four) classic stories in a row. I don’t think the Pertwee era ever got as good again.

  17. Glen Allen  November 16, 2011

    “Pertwee… reminds me of this old, butch lesbian I used to know ”

    Oh I say. You wait till his last season and the biggest bouffant since Barbara’s. Then you’re spot on 🙂

  18. Daru  November 16, 2011

    Now, not that I am competing here – but I started a journey with my partner to watch, just for ourselves (as and when we felt like it) all of the episodes form the very beginning – a while before yourself Neil. You are going about twice as fast as us and we are not posting anywhere. Just beginning ‘Ambassador’s and she is TOTALLY gripped! In fact, demanding it on return home from work daily (no pun intended!). She has always loved the Classic and New series, but had not seen much of the very early stuff – and I had a good few gaps early on.

    We have both adored the feeling of sharing the journey together and it has felt like a treat so far, with the B&W era feeling like a real comfort in some way. I LOVE my partner’s comments as much as you enjoy Sue’s – form the madness of underground kazoos, the awesome drama when Lawrence does indeed loose it (WOW! she said) and overall in Pertwee so far, really enjoying the filmic quality and drama.

    It’s a pleasure sharing the journey with you and somehow by accident ending up almost in sync!

    • Daru  November 16, 2011

      My “froms” have turned into “forms” – the same way possibly Eocenes turn into Silurians or then to Cave Monsters.

      Though I do like the last name a bit!

  19. Antinous  November 16, 2011

    Annunciation? This would be the early warning of Caroline John’s pregnancy then?

  20. DoctorcommaWho  November 16, 2011

    Sue: Oh, it’s all gone a bit Survivors, now. What would Greg do? – would love this on a t shirt!

    • Dave Sanders  November 17, 2011

      She’ll be saying this a LOT in two stories’ time…

  21. Roderick T. Long  November 17, 2011

    Re the “Doctor Who and the…” title — don’t tell her about the titles of the Target novelisations!

  22. Doug  November 17, 2011

    Loved Paul Darrow’s speech.

    Very, very, VERY much looking forward to Wife in Space with Blake. 🙂

  23. Dave Sanders  November 17, 2011

    A fiver says Sue comes out with “It’s a beumb” at least twice during the next story.

  24. William Keith  November 17, 2011

    Did somebody say crumhorn?

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Mesaprinz#p/a/u/2/BQaFzesH5JY

  25. BWT  November 17, 2011

    One of me faves, this. Definitely Hulke’s best work (next to that Season 11 one). A near-perfect script, fantastic performances and a very gritty edge to it. Sue’s right – it’s not really one for the kids – although I’m sure I liked the “funny monsters” at the time…

    T-shirt this week:

    “I’m glad there are two monsters. The first one was shit.”

    First 10/10. Now 9/10. And, I’m willing to bet, similar grades for the next couple. When we finally get to Season 8 the disappoint will sting so much more. Still, at least we may see a return to witty, caustic, cynical Sue; I miss her…

    • PolarityReversed  November 17, 2011

      Season 8 will be cruel in a way – she’s been so looking forward to the appearance of you-know-who.
      “Not bloody him AGAIN. Why doesn’t he do a Hartnell and take a holiday or five?” Or something like that.

      • Alisaunder  November 19, 2011

        Dont say that. When I heard about Turkey I was so upset. 🙁

        • PolarityReversed  November 19, 2011

          Fair enough, no offence meant. Great guy, and those eyes… like a pyschopathic bloodhound!
          Still reckon the season “arc” was a poor production decision. Monsters plus ringmaster. Again.
          It’s all very well to establish a worthy foe for ol Wurzel to mitigate the tedium of exile (and Jo Grant), and also a nice idea that The Spoiler is a manipulator of others for malign purposes – but a whole series of it?
          Adopts Bluebottle voice: “Oh look, it’s Morinarty. Ee-hee!”

  26. Nick Lawton  November 18, 2011

    I love Paul Darrow

    **Watching Blakes 7 again**

    • PolarityReversed  November 23, 2011

      Was recently reminded of the convict rebellion on the transport to Cygnus when flying Ryanair to Bulgaria. These days. you could still distract the cabin staff by pretending to remove your thumb, but you’d have to pay for your own bulkhead sealing foam…

  27. Marty  November 18, 2011

    I do hope after this there will be ‘Adventures with the wife and Blake’ and later even ‘Adventures with the wife in The Village’.

    I found this story a little hard to watch the last time I sat down to watch it, but I think it was watching it all in one go, which you’d think would be good, and is fine for 4 parters but it’s these long ones where things start to drag a little.

    • BWT  November 19, 2011

      Ah…. YUS! Number Sue in The Village would be magnificent. “One” might even do this with my number two…

      • Neil Perryman  November 19, 2011

        Personally, I’m thinking “Adventures with the Wife on Moonbase 3”.

        Ibsen?

        • Dave Sanders  November 21, 2011

          A six double-length part Doctor Who with actual suicides instead of Sue just feeling that way? Yeah, that’ll cheer her up.

          Moonbase 3 is basically Space 1999, if every episode was Dragon’s Domain but Frontier In Space had called bagsies on the monster first for part six. Micheal Wisher has exactly the same quality as Micheal Sheard, in that the moment he turns up you just instinctively KNOW the whole scenario is about to go tits-up in a grim way, very very fast. Probably why these two Who alumni never actually turned up in Blake’s 7, since even by Terry Nation dystopia standards, that would be like explaining the punchline – even though the first two cameos Sue would guess at would be Hitler and Davros.

  28. BestBrian  November 18, 2011

    I’m loving the fact that My Doctor is getting such high marks from Sue, but, alas, I’m all but certain that when the Pertwee Retrospective is done (before we get to “All Teeth and Curls”), the definitive T-shirt is going to be along the lines of “That all went downhill pretty quick”. 🙂

  29. Sparklepunk  November 20, 2011

    That was such a cool sound clip from Paul Darrow! I remember being excited through every one of his scenes in this, I had such a crush on him and here he was in a Doctor Who story as a UNIT soldier!

    I loved this story, it WAS a bit long, but the ending was wonderfully sad. It’s nice to see Sue loving some of my faves.

    I second the suggestion of Adventures with the Wife and Blake and the one about the Village that was mentioned earlier! Either would be awesome. 😀

  30. CJJC  November 20, 2011

    I think you missed a trick here, by the way, in not getting Sue to think it was a four-parter in the same way that the DVD tricked me and the missus. I still remember my bafflement at how they were going to tie this all up in what I thought was the last episode.

  31. Rhian  November 21, 2011

    It seems that the “Doctor COMMA Who” debate was finally settled today on BBC Breakfast… Don’t know if you saw it but our beloved 11th Doctor said “I am Doctor Who”. No hint of a comma, I’m afraid. But on the plus side, Sue has won that little argument, so yippee!! (P.S. can I have a free t-shirt for solving an issue??)

  32. Melody  November 21, 2011

    I’m a new who fan but I like this version better. Then again I was a Trekkie before I was a Whovian so I’m tolerant of rubber suits.

    Also, it would be delightful if you and Sue ended up joining us for Gallifrey One: http://www.gallifreyone.com/

  33. Josiah Rowe  December 16, 2011

    Pixely, Wood, Miles, Shearman, Hadoke and Sandifer sounds like the world’s most thorough law firm. They should represent the fellow who did the “Wife in Space” song when he breaks the restraining order.

  34. Farsighted99  December 21, 2011

    This story was pretty good, though a lot like the Silurian stories in series 5, but with Unit instead of that lot who worked in the mine. I really love Moffat’s new Silurians better though, the rubber lizard men look a bit naff and the third eye really doesn’t do much for me, just another built-in monster weapon like the one for the ice warriors. But it was an interesting story and I liked the bit about taking the plague to London. Course we never heard didley afterwards, but it was pretty horrific. The Doctor looked like a Navy guy in his white tshirt, with those bulging muscles, eh? And the kazoo music was just dreadful. Most of the music was a bit rubbish. But it was a good episode, and I liked the ending. What would you have done? Blown ’em to smithereens most likely. 8/10.

  35. Alex_The_Geek  January 5, 2012

    Having just recently watched this I think it’s a jolly good story but if it didn’t have that bloody music it would be much more enjoyable.