THE COLIN BAKER YEARS

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 the Cybermen: “All over the place.” – 6/10
Trial 1: The Mysterious ...

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THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD 13-14

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? How can Bonnie ...

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THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD 9-12

Part Nine

A 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 shape for a spaceship. Very curvy.

The final passengers are checking-in, including Professor Lasky, who’s lost her luggage.

Sue: ...

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THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD 5-8

Part Five

Sue: They should do a recap for every episode. It’s really helpful. Hey, what happened to Robert Holmes?
Me: It’s Philip Martin’s turn to take over for a bit.
Sue: The Gangsters man? That’s okay. He’s pretty good.

Pretty good? Pretty good? PRETTY GOOD?!

The episode begins on the Time Lords’ space station.

Sue: We’re going to see this model shot all the time, aren’t we? They’re getting their money’s worth out of it. You can’t blame them, though. It looks great.

In ...

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THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD 1-4

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 over the course of ...

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REVELATION OF THE DALEKS

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 sound in your ears which can last for days. I had it in my left ear for ...

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TIMELASH

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.

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 go next.

Sue: He just pushed her away! I remember when the Doctor and his ...

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THE TWO DOCTORS

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 means…
Nicol: Only ...

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THE MARK OF THE RANI

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 needs Helen’s fake tan more than she does!”), and ...

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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, so it didn’t really matter in the end. He’s lovely. A real gent. Not ...

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