Episode 091: Castrovalva

“What are you concealing from me, boy?”

Not enough, some might say, for this is Castrovalva – where Master Waterhouse introduces the innocent and unsuspecting viewer to “Little Matthew”.

But that’s not the only harrowing element of the Fifth Doctor’s first outing. The Time Lord himself is made incompetent (and incontinent?) by his regeneration but still gets to go on a self-propelling wheelchair and pulls off decent impressions of his former selves – and Basil Fawlty (the War Hotelier).

Tegan gets hot and bothered, Nyssa gets moist and, of course, Adric has a semi on, before they all meet Chardonnay Shardovan and his sheep-in-wolf’s-clothing chums.

There’s a fly in the ointment, of course, and this one has a risible, raisable platform, a double-decker perspex top hat and a penchant for looking at boys on the dark web.

But does the new Doctor bowl Jim and Martin over? Or is he out first ball?

Find out here.


2 thoughts on “Episode 091: Castrovalva

  1. Freddie B March 22, 2017 / 9:06 am

    I am revisiting the Davison era. First time round all those years ago, I switched off and just kept my eye out for any episodes with returning classic enemies like the Daleks. My second watching of Castrovalva and I am asking why did I switch off, what has precisely gone downhill from the glory days of the early to late 70’s? The first thing that comes to mind is the quality of the characterisations. Davison’s trio of companions are lame compared to the dynamic duo of Sarah and Harry in Tom Baker’s first outing, Robot. The Ainley master is pure 2D pantomime – really for 5 year olds and under only. The supporting cast don’t grab you like Kettle and Winters did in Robot. In short, the script isn’t anywhere near as good as Robot, let alone the immortal Spearhead from Space.

    Anyway, I will leave it there out of respect for the fans of the 5th Doctor. (On a positive note, I am now watching Four to Doomsday and have found the first two episodes more than just good – but that is not for this podcast).

    Back to Casteroilvulva. Score: 6/10. It gets two marks extra from me because I liked the recursive occlusion concept and the way it was executed. Cheers Jim & Martin.

  2. krynoidpodcast March 24, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    Thanks for the post, Freddie.

    Yes, we’re pretty much in agreement with you.

    Doctor Who (especially classic) has been several different shows over the years.

    While Davison’s era is interesting TV and he’s a good actor, prime time 4th, Sarah and Harry is a world away. As is Pertwee/Delgado.

    There’s room for all the eras but, for me, the real magic starts to go with Underworld. I felt that as a child on broadcast and I still maintain that on re-watching.

    Always an interesting show (with odd exceptions) but sometimes truly great.


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