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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THE FIVE DOCTORS

We watched the original broadcast version of The Five Doctors. Sadly, I couldn’t source an off-air copy with the Children in Need ticker running across the bottom of the screen. I hope this doesn’t invalidate the science at the heart of this experiment.

The Five DoctorsNicol: I’m not watching any William Hartnell with you. You can forget it.
Me: Be patient, Nicol.
Sue: Don’t worry, Nic. Neil’s promised me that ...

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ARC OF INFINITY

Part One

Sue: Has Johnny Byrne written for Doctor Who before?
Me: Yes, The Keeper of Traken.
Sue: Shit. Oh well, I’m still looking forward to seeing the Doctor on his own for a change.
Me: What about Nyssa?
Sue: Oh yeah, I forgot about her.

The story begins on Gallifrey. Sue recognises the collar straight away.

Sue: Ooh, a Time Lord.

This particular Time Lord is conversing with a very mysterious figure.

Sue: Am I supposed to know who that is?
Me: Sort ...

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THE INVASION OF TIME

Part One

I planned this story’s screening like it was a military operation. Seriously, Douglas Camfield would have been proud of me. I rigged up the DVD player the night before, when Sue was fast asleep: my PS3 will resume a disc from the same point that you stop it, if you remember to press the right button, so when I played the disc the next day, the machine circumvented both the menu screen and the episode selection screen.

Of all the ...

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THE DEADLY ASSASSIN

Part One

The Deadly AssassinSue: Robert Holmes. That’s a good start. I’m not thrilled with the cheesy narration, but I can live with it.

The Doctor is on his way to Gallifrey when he is overwhelmed by a vision.

Sue: Okay, pause this for a second. What just happened?
Me: The Doctor had a premonition. He just saw himself assassinating the Time Lord President in the future.
Sue: I didn’t know he ...

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THE THREE DOCTORS

As promised (or was it threatened?), here’s a video commentary featuring the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Doctors.

As a very special treat (or not) we are joined Sue’s brother, Gary and (for Episode Four) by her daughter, Nicol.

Normal service will be resumed next week, when we will celebrate this experiment’s first anniversary.


Adventures with the Wife in Space – The Three Doctors… by tachyontv

The Score

5/10

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THE WAR GAMES

Episode One

Sue: Is this the fabled ten-parter that I’ve heard so much about?
Me: Yes it is, but don’t get fixated on that. The really big news is that we have a brand new producer at the helm – Derrick Sherwin.
Sue: Bit of a strange time to take over the reins, isn’t it? It’s like the Moff taking over to produce David Tennant’s last story. How very strange.

After a visually striking title sequence (“ooh, I like that”) the TARDIS ...

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