Writer: Peter Grimwade
Director: Ron Jones
Producer: John Nathan-Turner
Companions: Nyssa (Sarah Sutton) and Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding)
Season: 21, ep 5 (20-23) No. of Episodes: 4
Summary: With Adric now dead, the Doctor tries to find a diversion for Nyssa and Tegan. Instead, he accidentally finally takes Tegan back to Heathrow, where she has been badgering him to go since she joined. But when they arrive, they discover that the supersonic passenger jet the Concorde has disappeared–with everyone still on it! The culprit–The Master!
Writer: Steven Moffatt
Director: Michael Talaly
Producer: Peter Bennnett
Series: 9, episode 12
Summary: The Doctor is all alone in a castle, pursued by a shadowy, veiled figure. The events are in an endless loop, and each time the figure kills him, it starts over. This is the Doctor’s Confession Dial.
Review: It is very rare for a companion to die, even in Classic Who. In fact, only three companions died in Classic Who, if you count Sara Kingdom. Most of his companions left of their own accord, and the Doctor is grieving. This was a great exploration of that grief that we all face when someone we love dies. The veiled figure reminded me of the Grim Reaper, and has to be one of the scariest monsters in Doctor Who.
Continuity: The Doctor remembers that Clara told him not to take revenge for her death. He mentions that whoever has trapped him should know better than to put him in a trap, the same thing he once told the Weeping Angels.
Trivia: This episode ran 75 minutes, making it the second episode during Capaldi’s era to run longer than the usual run time.
Writer: Damien Sawyer
Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley
Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague
Narrator: Louise Jameson
Running Time: 15 minutes
Summary: Leela and the Doctor arrive on alien planet and find a strange merchant: a merchant who literally sells death and life.
Review: I didn’t care for this one. While the concept of actually selling life and death as a commodity was an interesting one, it was far too short. In fact, this is the shortest story in the entire collection.
Writer: Sarah Dollard
Director: Justin Mololnikov
Producer: Nikki Wilson
Series: 9, episode 10
Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)
Summary: Clara is called by Rigsy, who helped her when the Boneless attacked. He has a tattoo on the back of his neck that is counting down to his death. They discover that he has killed an alien and has been marked for death by Ashieldr, who is now the “mayor” of a “trap street”, a place where aliens live. Clara sacrifices herself by taking his place.
Writer: Brian Hayles
Director: Derek Martinus
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Companions: Victoria Wakefield (Deborah Watling), Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines)
Season: 5, ep. 3 (11-16)
No. of Episodes: 6 (parts 2-3 are animated)
Summary: The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria arrive on a base in the Arctic run by a giant computer. One of the scientists has discovered two frozen warriors from the planet Mars.
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Justin Molotnikov
Producer: Nikki Wilson
Companion: Clara Oswald
Series: 9, episode 9
Summary: This episode is told in “found-footage” style, similar to movies like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project. A space station has been invaded by strange monsters made of “sleep dust”, the dust left in your eyes when you wake up. These monsters absorb crew members into themselves. The crewmembers don’t sleep, and instead use “Morpheus Pods” to renew themselves, subjecting themselves to a state similar to sleep.
Well, it happened. A couple weeks ago, the new Doctor was announced. And it’s Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to ever play the role. And what happened? Exactly what I predicted. This is why I didn’t want a 13th Doctor. This is why I said it would kill the show. Many fans are rage quitting, although some don’t care. And Radio Times is saying “If you don’t accept her, you’re not a real fan.” (Real smooth) Some fans like myself are claiming that Doctor Who is once again caving in to pressure from special interest people and giving in to the new gender politics. Some of my fellow Christian fans of Doctor Who have considered this the final betrayal and are giving up on the show entirely. I’m conflicted myself. As I said, I didn’t want this. But I also said I’d watch to see if I’m proven wrong.
First, let’s refute some arguments. No, I don’t have a problem with a female lead. I currently watch Bones, Supergirl, and Jessica Jones. And one of my favorite Star Trek spin-offs was Voyager.
I also don’t mind gender swaps when they work. The Doctor Strange movie had Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One, who was originally male in the comics. That idea wouldn’t have worked in the movie, because he was stereotypically drawn to look like the typical Asian character–Fu Man Chu mustache, yellow skin, you know the look. That would’ve led to more problems, and Swinton was up to the challenge. Voltron: Legendary Defender changed Pidge into a girl named Katie Holt, who now uses Pidge as an alias. This was fine because the original Pidge was an androgynous effeminate boy, so I think making her a tomboy works better.
No, my problem is that I perceived the Doctor’s masculinity as part of his character. To all you women who love this idea, I want to ask you something. Let’s say they rebooted the Alien movies, and had Vin Diesel playing Ellen Ripley. That would be a bad idea because the whole point of those movies is that Ellen, a woman, is saving the day instead of a man. It’d reduce the movies to a generic sci-fi action flick and nullify its significance.
Writer: Jamie Hailstone
Directors: Nicholas Briggs and Ken Bentley
Producers: Nicholas Briggs and Martin Montague
Running Time: 25 minutes
Narrator: Katy Manning (note: Even though Katy narrates, Jo Grant does not make an appearance. This is the only story so far that does not feature one of the Doctor’s usual companions.)
Summary: The Third Doctor’s landlord recounts a chance encounter with the Doctor when he fixed his bicycle tire, and he met an interplanetary ambassador.
Review: This was a story made for the Third Doctor. I can actually see this happening to him. I can certainly see him as a heavy tipper. And I love it when the title is actually said during a story.
Overall Review: 8/10
Writer: Peter J. Hammond
Director: Alice Troughton
Producer: Richard Stokes
Summary: An old woman who is an old friend of Jack’s claims to have seen fairies. They not only exist, but they’re also kidnapping children.
Writer: Brian Hayles
Director: Lennie Mayne
Producer: Barry Letts
Companion: Jo Grant (Katy Manning)
Season: 9, episode 2 (5-8)
No. of Episodes: 4
Summary: The Doctor believes he’s finally gotten the TARDIS working correctly, so he takes Jo on a test flight, landing on the planet Peladon. They meet the soon-to-be-crowned king of Peladon, who is meeting with a committee of ambassadors for the Galactic Federation. But there is murder afoot.