Who Review. Season 15.

Season 15 Verdict

After watching this season, I can see why people say this was a transitional season.

I liked the humour, and the darkness of these stories. I loved Leela. She was the highlight of this season. Forget Sarah Jane, it’s all about Leela. I liked Tom Baker’s Doctor, until the Invasion of Time and then my opinion of him dropped again. I liked the threat of the aliens, rather than the visualisation of them. I didn’t realise K9 made his debut in this season, and I thought he added something. Not sure if that was a positive or negative. I liked the first 3 stories, but I felt some of the episodes were not as good as others. The Invasion of Time was a dud. I don’t think we need to see the Time Lords this often. Especially when they have narrow corridors, with chairs that clutter them. The Sunmakers was my favourite from season 15. I thought it was fun. I probably wouldn’t be in a hurry to watch it again, but it surprised me in a good way. 

Who Review. Underworld.

Ep. 1

Not another ship

Time Lords

Eric looks like he’s going to be a problem

What just happened to Leela?

These guys have been regenerating for years

Hundred thousand years

The quest is the quest

That elderly gentleman looks knackered

Gets them out of danger then Jackson wants them to go back into it

JNT was already working on Doctor Who at this point?  He must have been doing the job for years

Ep. 2

It makes me wonder what it was for Tom Baker to have 7 years as the Doctor, having a regular job, going into work and acting with wobbly ship sets, quarries, Daleks and people in costumes

I don’t think an actor would do it for that long now

Or would be allowed to, unless they were liked by all and Who fans are pretty divided at the moment

Not much for Leela to do yet

Is the music trying to drum up excitement?

This story feels so muted

Is the Doctor looking for the crew

Or a way of stopping the gas?

Ep. 3

Blows and sucks were the only two words I heard there

What is that ship called – peace ebernee

‘No time? Don’t say that to me! I’m a Time Lord’

‘Don’t worry, he has saved many fathers’

Some good dialogue

K9 is so noisy

What is that, elevator music?

Taking the piss, surely

Is this the peace ebernee ship then

Those costumes of the guards are interesting

Why is the Doctor not running with everyone?

Eric having fun after years in space

‘We can make your brain boil inside your skull’ Lovely

Ep.4

It’s a trick

What is going on

The crew will leave without the Doctor and Leela and now they’ve got shot of K9 too

Grenades

The Doctor is going to give the cylinders back so they can blow themselves up

The Doctor has been very patient and reassuring in this story

Jackson is happy to have his people blown to bits because of some added weight

Fuck sake

 

Verdict

Well, thankfully the last 2 episodes of this story were not as bad as the first 2, otherwise I would have been sent to sleep. A standard Who adventure. There were a lot of static moments, where the story seemed to stall and got stuck. I liked how Baker’s Doctor was more reserved. Yes, the CSO was crap and I tried to ignore it.

No idea who the villain of the piece was and what will happen to the Minyans now?

3/5

 

Who Review. The Sun Makers

Ep. 1

Taxes and not being able to make ends meet. Very relatable

Suicide

I like that we’re starting to see more women characters in Doctor Who

This is all very violent

 

Ep.2

 

Ew, dirty fingernails

‘Going for a little hop, good for the circulation,’

Is that man erect?

The Collector looks like he’s doing his work with his nose 

I don’t know what to make of Richard Leech as Gatherer Hade, certainly an interesting character

 

Ep. 3

Oh yes, leave Leela. Well done lads

Bloody hell, Leela can make some noise. Gave me a start

‘Two days public holiday, without pay’

I do like what the Gatherer is wearing. I would wear that

‘This is the moment I get a real feeling of job satisfaction,’

He reminds me of Sil

Ep. 4

Did K9 miss a cue there? 

Is hypnotising a Time Lord trait? That’s what the Master does

He’s disappeared in a hole in his chair

Verdict

I feel this could be a story you have on in the background, not needing to pay too much attention to it. I liked the dialogue on work, pay, capitalism, the economy and of The Company. On a wider scale of an entire planet. Although I suppose some companies do stretch across the world now. The Collector and the Gatherer were my two favourite characters. I think some of the secondary characters underwent a transformation of sorts. Especially Cordo. I liked Veet. I wonder what happened to Marn.

4/5

Who Review. The Invisible Enemy.

Ep. 1

What a great opening, spaceship in space

Why does that column in the Tardis wobble so alarmingly when it’s moving

This looks good visually

So those men on the ship, the relief crew that have landed on that bleak planet, have killed the three other crew members and presumably this is the invisible enemy that have taken over those men

Oh God, that’s the Doctor down

Don’t take a look Doctor

This reminds me of so many New Who episodes

Please tell me the Doctor is faking being affected

Those relief crew men are creepy, with whatever prosthetic they have around their eyes

So the remaining crew member Lowe has been affected too.

Ep. 2

‘I’m fighting for my mind,’

Is this going to backfire?

K9!

Tom Baker making kissy noises at K9

Love his character

Like that the Doctor is educating the professor Marius  

Oh shit, Lowe is going to infect everyone

Isoluthun ward?

I like the idea of the relationship between the Professor and K9

Don’t think you will have time to operate

Oh yes, leave Leela alone with the Doctor and K9

Clones!

Ew, the Doctor is looking unwell

This has taken a strange turn

Ep. 3

Oh well, the Doctor boasting about his brain for 5 minutes while he rubbishes Leela’s instincts

Not K9. How do you make contact with a metal dog?

Did K9 hit Leela? Or was that just the wall he smacked into?

Should the cloned Doctor and Leela not be moving a bit quicker?

Oh no, not the Professor

Thank God, K9 has seen sense. That bump on the wall must have done him good

Nucleus of the swarm

Is that an arm and an eye?

Oh no, what is that?

Ep. 4

The Invisible Enemy should have stayed that way

Makes some noise, on arriving, that TARDIS, doesn’t it?

‘Shall we try using our intelligence?’ ‘Well, if you think that’s the right thing to do,’

Actually felt sorry for the poor shrimp at the end

K9 joins the TARDIS here

 

Verdict

Compared to the previous story, I felt this one kept its pace well. Apart from when the Doctor was being cloned, fetching something from the TARDIS and Leela and K9 were hanging about, with dialogue padding. I mean, apart from all that.

I liked how this story looked. I wish we could have seen more of the Doctor being evil. I wasn’t expecting the Doctor and Leela to be sized down, so they could enter the Doctor’s head. K9 had a good debut. I liked Professor Marius. As with the previous story, I wish the enemy had remained invisible. Brian Grellis as Safran gave me the creeps. It appears from his TV credits, I have probably seen him in something else before. He seemed familiar.

3.5/5