The Colin Baker Years

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The Colin Baker Years
Another year over and what have we done? We watched Doctor Who, that’s what.

The Scores

Here are Sue’s scores for Colin’s stories in reverse order (transmission order if tied):

The Twin Dilemma: “What were they thinking?” – 1/10

Timelash: “Horrendous.” – 2/10

The Mark of the Rani: “A boring mess.” – 3/10

Revelation of the Daleks: “The Doctor did bugger all.” – 4/10

Trial 4: The Ultimate Foe: “I don’t get it.” – 5/10

Attack of ...

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The Trial of a Time Lord 13-14

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The Trial of a Time Lord 13-14
The verdict is in…

Part Thirteen

The Trial of a Time Lord 13-14Sue: Yay! Robert Holmes is back. Thank heavens for that.

The Doctor wants to know who’s been tampering with the Matrix.

Sue: It’s him! The Valeyard bloke. It’s obvious.

Two capsules arrive on the Time Lords’ space station. One of them contains Sabalom Glitz…

Sue: Excellent.

The other contains Melanie Bush.

Sue: Is his mate dead? I liked him. I don’t understand this. How did they get here? ...

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The Trial of a Time Lord 9-12

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The Trial of a Time Lord 9-12
The Doctor weeds his case…

Part Nine

The Trial of a Time Lord 9-12A visibly upset Doctor prepares to mount his defence.

Sue: I can’t believe they killed Peri. The bastards.

The Doctor: My excursion will be into the future.

Sue: I thought the last one was set in the future? It didn’t look very historical to me.

She doesn’t get it. Not yet.

The Doctor’s evidence revolves around the intergalactic liner Hyperion III

Sue: That’s a very nice ...

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The Trial of a Time Lord 5-8

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The Trial of a Time Lord 5-8
She’s not cried this much since Adric died…

Continuity Announcer: Sue is watching Doctor Who from the very beginning, and after 142 stories, she thinks she’s come out of it rather well. But it isn’t over yet, because her husband Neil has just cued up the next installment, and this one involves an old enemy of the Doctor. No, not that one.

Part Five

The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 5-8Sue: They should do ...

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The Trial of a Time Lord 1-4

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The Trial of a Time Lord 1-4
Welcome to the first of four separate epistopic interface updates.

Before we begin the longest story in Doctor Who’s history, I have a confession to make…

Sue: Is this Colin’s last story or not?

Me: Yes, it is. But…

Sue: But what?

Me: It’s 14 episodes long.

Crash zoom on Sue’s face.

Sue: HOW MANY EPISODES?!

Me: Calm down, calm down. It’s not so bad. The episodes are only 25-minutes long again.

Sue: I don’t care how bloody long they are, how am I supposed to remember what happens ...

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Revelation of the Daleks

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Revelation of the Daleks
It’s time for Sue to experience ‘Doctor in Distress’. And I’m not talking about the Dirk Bogarde film…

Sue couldn’t wait to see this story. The combination of Graeme Harper and the Daleks was just too much for her to resist and she was dying for it. Unfortunately, we had to postpone the experiment for a couple of days because I had a temporary threshold shift. If you’ve never been unfortunate/stupid enough to experience this yourself, it’s basically a muffled, ringing ...

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Timelash

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Timelash
Lame shit just got serious…

Part One

Sue: Glen McCoy. Any relation to Sylvester?

Me: No. He wrote two episodes of Angels – which were seminal – but he’s probably best known for his crisps.

Sue: Really?

Me: No.

We haven’t made it past the titles yet and I’m bored already. Sorry.

TimelashTimelash begins on the TARDIS…

Sue: I don’t believe it. Peri is wearing something sensible for a change.

The Doctor and Peri are bickering about where to ...

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The Two Doctors

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The Two Doctors
From Seville to Savile…

I wanted Nicol to watch at least one Colin Baker episode with us and The Two Doctors seemed like the safest bet. It’s a story about vegetarianism (Nicol has been meat-free for the last year) and it’s set in an exotic location (she likes Spain). And if she didn’t agree to watch it with us, I’d delete this week’s episode of Homeland from the PVR.

I cue up the DVD’s Episode Selection screen…

Sue: It’s three episodes. But that ...

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The Mark of the Rani

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The Mark of the Rani
It’s the Bush Tucker Trial of a Time Lord, pet.

I'm A Celebrity...Before we tackled The Mark of the Rani, there were some surprises in store for us in the jungle. The first shock came on Friday night when it became clear that Colin Baker couldn’t wait to leave. The second shock arrived on Saturday when Sue saw Colin topless for the first – and hopefully last – time (“He ...

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Vengeance on Varos

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Vengeance on Varos
Our 150th update includes torture masquerading as entertainment. And then we’ll cover Vengeance on Varos.

Even though he failed to endure Night of the Mini-Macra, and he dances like a Pussycat Doll with a urinary tract infection, Colin Baker has still captured Sue’s heart.

Sue: He hasn’t put a foot wrong. It’s a pity he was too fat to enter that sewer, which is ironic when you think about it, but no one would have voted for him to go in anyway, ...

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