“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.
“I’ll turn the world we know into your enemy!”
Confusingly, this isn’t The Enemy of the World but in fact The Crusade – a swords and Saracens saga of identity theft, cross-dressing and honey traps.
The Doctor is courting intrigue, Ian is caught in a sticky situation and Vicki is caught out cosplaying. Meanwhile Barbara and Princess Joanna are treated like sacks of flour and El Akir should surely be sacked for abusing his Emir’s position – not to mention his long-suffering staff.
There’s also room for the sage Saladin, the smitten Saphadin and the Unscrupulous Hulk, not to mention some stereotyped light-fingered locals.
So do Jim and Martin see The Crusade as a glorious victory or as successful as one of King Richard’s hunting trips?
Find out here.
“She tipped the ambassador into a pit and threw astrologers at him.”
Public Notice: Beware of low-flying Russell Grants.
What else could this be but 1979’s The Creature From The Pit?
It’s a somewhat green-tinged tale about an enormous slug who, despite being chucked down a pit and starved, still seems very pleased to see us. He shares the dank depths with Catweazle’s charlatan cousin but they’re soon joined by a somewhat over-stretched stuntman, a sweaty Doctor, a haughty Romana and a tin dog in the middle of an identity crisis.
Bad enough you might think but they also have to contend with a matriarch with magpie tendencies, Poundshop Fagin and his cronies and a conniving old crone. The addition of the whip-cracking Captain Camp and his homicidal sprouts just makes things even worse.
But did Jim and Martin fall for the Pit and its attendant charms or were they left green about the gills? Listen here to find out.
“There are soldiers all over my house and I’m in my pants.”
Not what happened during the recording of this podcast episode but a mildly diverting moment from The Power of Three – something of an oasis, some might say.
Yes, this is the story of the
boring slow invasion. The Doctor’s bored, Rory’s out of washing powder, Amy sniffs some milk and Brian spends hours sitting around watching the box. Never fear – maybe Kate Stewart’s drone (voice, not military hardware) and a half-baked, blink-and-you’ll-miss-him hologram will liven things up? And maybe they won’t.
But who (and why) are the grill-faced nurses? Does the little girl who lives full-time in Rory’s waiting room now have squatters’ rights? And does having carked it for half an hour count as a near death experience?
Listen in to hear Jim and Martin tackle all these questions – and a serious attack of ennui.
“This is called The Bootstrap Paradox. Google it.”
So now we have to do some homework before settling down to our favourite programme?
Maybe not, as we get an explanation of what’s going to happen before (and after) we watch it happen in Before the Flood. Oh for the simpler if more claustrophobic pleasures to be found Under The Lake.
And our pre-titles primer also involves the fourth wall of the TARDIS being demolished and the Doctor turning his amp up to 11 (again).
So Jim and Martin marshal together their views on what turned out to be very much a game of two halves – and even manage to do so without uttering the dreaded ‘t-w’ word.
And the lads close with a decision of which Tegan’s Aunt Vanessa would have been proud.
Uncover (some of) the mystery here.
“Let’s hope the piano knows it.”
Merely false modesty from virtuoso ivory ticklers Steven “Regret” Taylor and Dodo “Dodo” Chaplet as we soon discover in the horse-flop flecked epic, The Gunfighters.
The Doctor (“Caligari”) has a busted tooth extracted but that isn’t the only malfunctioning thing coming out of anyone’s mouths in this one… no siree! For accents shuttle back and forth across the Atlantic like speeding bullets, often more Tottenham than Tombstone.
But can our Doc and his fellow “thesbians” survive the crossfire between the more whiskery (whiskey-ery?) Doc and the Clantons?
Is Charlie the Barman related to Ghostlight’s Nimrod?
And is it possible to have a song entirely bleached from one’s mind? And, if so, where does Jim sign?
So stop right there stranger an’ take a listen to this here podcast to find out the answers. To some other questions.
NB: Our thanks to Keeper1st on YouTube for the basis of the accompaniment for the song at the top of the episode. No thanks whatsoever to Jim for the “singing” though.
“Harry Sullivan is an imbecile!”
Harsh words perhaps but the salty surgeon did nearly kill the Doctor… twice.
Yes, it’s the 1975 space opera, Revenge of the Cybermen, in which our intrepid TARDIS team battle a slimy U-Boat commander, an emotional silver giant and a horde of mad blinged-up old women.
The Doctor’s narcoleptic, Harry’s apoplectic and Sarah may well go septic so take the slow train with Jim and Martin and see whether all that glitters is gold.
Listen to the podcast here!