Who Review. The Invasion of Time.

Ep. 1

Is that a new dress for Leela or has it been bleached?

She’s learnt how to work the Tardis then

Those are some funky boots

These are the Time Lords, and Gallifrey?

There’s a swimming pool in the TARDIS

I’m lost here

Rasselon, matrix, council – president of –

 

Ep. 2

The design and costumes look good

Leela is the enemy now

‘Even the sonic screwdriver won’t get me out of this one’ said to the camera

Who is Borussa the one in aubergine robes?

Why would Leela trust the Doctor now?

She’s been locked out of the TARDIS

Why is the Doctor –

I don’t understand

What is K9 doing

Who is invading them?

That laugh by Tom Baker was frightening

 

Ep. 3

What are they, crackly tin foil?

Leela still trusts the Doctor

What are those green – chairs? in the corridors

The Vardans

Andred

A barbiran garden

Why must we continue to be reminded that Leela is a savage

First time outside of the citadel

Rodan being given some harsh reality. What a strange character to introduce to the story

The Doctor and those fucking jelly babies comic moments

Ep. 4

I don’t understand why the Doctor is behaving this way

Tom Baker has been fantastic in this

I like this conversation in the Tardis between the Doctor and Andred

Banishing Leela was part of the plan

Leela seems like she’s enjoying herself

It’s strange those she are with outside of the citadel are Gallifreyan but are so different to the those we have seen inside

Don’t these invaders suspect the Doctor is onto them 

The plan is to rescue the Doctor, isn’t it something that Leela has so much trust in the Doctor?

Hasn’t Leela been given a TARDIS key? That’s such a big thing in New Who

The voice of the leader Vardan is interesting

The Sontarans?

Ep. 5

These Time Lords always give the impression that they are up to something

‘Then you should remember your training in detachment’ ‘I’d rather care’

 

Ep. 6

This TARDIS interior looks naff

This seems like a very good story for a regeneration

If this is an old Tardis, what on earth do the new ones look like

There’s been plenty of people tramping about in the TARDIS in this story

That Sontaran mask looks – ? It looks terrible

I wonder which parts of the TARDIS previous companions liked and made their own corner

Verdict

I spent a lot of this story confused by what was happening. I did enjoy the final two episodes, which were set in the TARDIS. Of course, it didn’t look, or feel, like the TARDIS at all.

Tom Baker was great. But. It felt like he was enjoying himself, like the line between Tom Baker the actor and Tom Baker as the Doctor character blurred, and I don’t know how much worse this story would have been if Tom Baker hadn’t been up for this. I said in my reaction, he had been playing this character for a while at this point and I don’t know how his ego was because Tom Baker is front and centre in every scene. It’s credit to Louise Jameson that she manages to be great, even when the writing for her character is suspect. 

The Sontarans were difficult to understand at times. I liked the scenes where they were chasing the Doctor through the TARDIS. They can be menacing.

There seems to be a lot of padding to this story, but it wasn’t too slow that I got bored.  Well, emphasis on the too.

What the fuck that ending with Leela was, I don’t know. The Doctor bringing another box out with K9 Mark 2 made me hate him. What kind of goodbye was that?

3.5/5

Who Review. Image of the Fendahl

Ep. 1

I recognise these actors, handsome people

Ah big wooden panelled houses, very Doctor Who

It’s nice to see the outside on Who again

The skull is glowing

K9 is broken already

Are we going to Earth?

‘No, I was sent by the council’

That security man is from EastEnders, was I should say

‘I shall kill him’ ‘No, you’ll upset the dog’

I don’t think the Doctor likes Leela’s need for violence

Leela and the Doctor getting split up, you can bet on that

Ep. 2

Does Leela not feel the cold? She’s like me, running around in a t-shirt in the winter

Those mugs are a strange design

Mitchell security man. Thea the woman

Bloody hell

‘Thea we are trapped’ That’s some enunciation

There’s a coven, are there witches?

In through the front door

Max is a creepy man, knew you couldn’t trust him

Casually strolling through a house, munching on jelly bellies. Bellies? Babies.

Ep. 3

Ah, Leela saves the Doctor

At least that doesn’t turn into an icky new Who romantic moment

John / gran

A lot of timey wimey stuff

At least this Doctor is polite enough to say sorry when he starts shouting at Leela, I hadn’t noticed that before

‘Not a moment too soon,’ ‘No, moment too late,’

Ep. 4

That’s quite a look Thea has transformed into

Ew

Is that scarf different to his usual one?

Don’t look at the eyes

I’m not sure how much of a threat the Fendahl posed at the end

Have they changed clothes?

 

Verdict

Third story into season 15 and I finally think I have seen a story which holds up well across all 4 of its episodes. There were a lot of handsome actors in this story. I thought Wanda Ventham, who played Thea, did a good job. I’m still bemused by Edward Arthur playing Adam Colby and the way he spoke. Did Adam and Thea have a thing going on? Also Dr. Fendelman called Adam Colby Adam and Colby at different parts of the story? I couldn’t keep up. Wouldn’t you have a preferred name for someone?

I’m not sure I understood parts of this story, but then I never do. I liked the dialogue, the relationship between this Doctor and Leela and the scenes of tramping through a foggy woodland because that’s so Doctor Who.

 

4/5  

Poem. Solitary.

solitary


walk out –

walk around town –

hood up &head bowed –

feeling so low today –

the canal is temptation –

stick to the towpaths –

everything has remained the same –

even after rain –

the paths are slick – wet – sludge

and the gate metal – slips – against my palm –

the branches of the trees – droop – lower – and glisten –

will the changes happen – take place –

a habit more than anything –

following the paths that i am so familiar with –

finding trees older than i –

creatures more wild than i –

the ghostly shapes of playground apparatus –

shrouded in an evening fog beginning to gather –

assurances of earth and nature –

i need before returning

to locked doors, enforced silence and conformity.

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Book Review. The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

I think this must be one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes. It is the imagery that sticks in my mind. With the landscape of London, then the Dalek spaceship, and the mines. It’s a thrilling story too. There was a film, which starred Bernard Cribbins and Peter Cushing. That blazed across the screen in its glorious technicolour. I can’t remember it straying too far from its original story either and that is always appreciated.

As for the book adaptation, it doesn’t stop. There are no quiet moments, the Doctor and his companions get split up from the off and we get introduced to the Daleks and their slaves – the Robomen. There’s also the Slyther, which does sound better on paper than it did look in the actual episode. There are some characters I wish we could have had fleshed out more, such as Dortmund. Susan and David’s relationship does not really make sense. I guess that is why The Doctor made the decision to leave Susan behind, because I don’t think she would have wanted to leave her grandfather for a man she had only just met. It’s a more emotive moment in the TV episode, rather than on paper. I wonder, did the Doctor ever go back to find Susan? He must have done.

I have to also add as a new Who fan in 2006/7 and going back to watch the episodes from the 60’s, I love William Hartnell’s Doctor, and his companions – his granddaughter Susan and teachers Ian and Barbara. I thought it was a good dynamic, whereas with other Doctor’s and companions – too many in the group didn’t work as well I thought.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

at the door – a poem

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my backpack sits slumped over

from where it was thrown –

coming in from going out –

gathering dust –

and when lockdown was announced

there the backpack remained –

the shoes piled around it,

like loose stones around a rock –

the contents of time suspended –

loose mints, and receipts –

a water bottle, and pens separated

from their lids –

pads and wipes –

lip balm –

a notebook –

and until i remembered

to throw it in the bin –

some days later into lockdown –

a half-eaten lunch –

i didn’t dare to peel back the foil it was wrapped in.

Kate ©

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