Fourth: The Auntie Matter

auntie matter

Writer: Jonathan Morris

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Companion: Romana I (Mary Tamm)

Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (includes interviews)

Series: 2.1

Summary: After the events of “The Armageddon Factor”, the Doctor has left K-9 inside the TARDIS and left it on autopilot to distract the Black Guardian. who is still in pursuit of the Key to Time. The Doctor and Romana are in the 1920’s, having set up a cover as upperclass elite. Romana meets a man named Reginald, who is looking for a new girlfriend that his extremely demanding aunt must approve of. What he does not realize is that his “aunt” is actually an alien!

Continue reading

Advertisements

Fourth: The Face of Evil

face

Writer: Chris Boucher

Director: Pennant Roberts

Producer: Phillip Hinchcliffe

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Season: 4, ep. 3 (13-16)

No of Episodes: 4

Summary: The Doctor arrives on a planet of seemingly primitive humans known as the Sevateem, and meets Leela, who has been banished for opposing their god Xoannon. He discovers that the Sevateem are actually descendants of a Survey Team that was colonizing the planet, and their god is in reality a computer programmed with his voice and his image.

Continue reading

Overview: The Tom Baker Era (1974-1981)

tom bakerJon Pertwee stepped down, having lost his family. Phillip Hinchcliffe became the new producer and hired Tom Baker, who would go on to have the longest run as the Doctor yet.

About Tom Baker

Tom Baker was born in Scotland Road, Liverpool. He left school at age 15 to become a Catholic monk, but left after six years because he had lost his faith. In 1955, he began two years service in the Royal Army Medial Corps He was acting first as a hobby, but eventually became part of Laurence Olivier’s Theatre Company.  Despite the occasional movie role, he found it difficult to make end meet until he became the Doctor.

During his tenure, Doctor Who also began acting in Australia and the US making him the most popular Doctor at the time. After his tenure ended, Baker played Sherlock Holmes in a BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. He also played Puddleglum in the BBC adaptation of The Silver Chair.

“Of course I’m being childish! There’s no point in being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes!”–“Robot”

In a Nutshell

  • Catch Phrase: “Would you like a jelly baby?”
  • Tom Baker had three producers during his era. Phillip Hinchcliffe often included gothic horror themes, which caused controversy because it was deemed too frightening. Graham Williams went for a more light-hearted feel. John Nathn Turner began his run as the longest-employed (and final) producer by giving the show a new theme song and logo.
  • First appearance of Davros: “Genesis of the Daleks”
  • First appearance of the Zygons: “Terror of the Zygons”
  • First appearance of the “Crispy Master” (Peter Pratt version): “The Deadly Assassin”
  • First story set on Gallifrey: “The Deadly Assassin”
  • First appearance of Jago and Litefoot: “Talons of Weng-Chiang”
  • First appearance of the Black Guardian: “The Armageddon Factor”
  • First story arc: “The Key to Time”
  • First appearance of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”
  • First appearance of Anthony Ainley as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”

Continue reading

Short Trips Vol 1.: The Death-Dealer

short trips 1Writer: Damien Sawyer

Directors: Nicholas Briggs & Ken Bentley

Producers: Nicholas Briggs & Martin Montague

Doctor: Fourth

Companion: Leela

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.

Overall: 3/10

 

 

 

Fourth: Genesis of the Daleks

genesis of the daleksWriter: Terry Nation

Director: David Maloney

Producer: Phillip Hinchcliffe

Companions: Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen), Dr. Harry Sullivan (Ian Marten)

No. of Episodes: 6

Season: 12, ep. 4

Summary: The Time Lords have taken control of the Doctor’s TARDIS for the first time since the Third Doctor’s era, stranding him on Skaro. He will be allowed to return on one condition: prevent Davros from finishing his tests on the Daleks and unleashing them for the first time.

Continue reading

Fourth Doctor: The Wrath of Iceni

the wrath of iceniWriter: John Dorney

Director: Ken Bentley

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Running Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes (includes interviews)

Summary: The Doctor takes Leela to ancient Norfolk to learn about her ancestors. Leela meets the tribe of Iceni and is enthralled by its leader, the legendary Boudica. Will she be swayed to join the rebellion against the Roman Empire?

Continue reading

Fourth Doctor Lost Story: The Valley of Death

valley

Writer: Jonathan Morris (from a story by Phillip Hinchcliffe)

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: David Richardson

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

(Note: This is the second of two Lost Stories featuring the Fourth Doctor. It’s part of the Fourth Doctor Lost Stories Boxed Set. I reviewed each story separately.)

Summary: The Doctor and Leela meet Edward Perkins in the Amazon Rain Forest, where he is searching for details surrounding an expedition led by his great-grandfather. They join him on his quest in a plane. After a crash landing, they discover an abandoned spacecraft and tribesmen. The spacecraft belongs to an alien race called the Lurons, who can make copies of anyone they encounter. They’ve even made copies of the Doctor and Leela themselves!

Continue reading

Fourth Doctor Audio: The Renaissance Man

renaissance-manWriter: Justin Richards

Director: Ken Bentley

Producer: Nicholas Briggs

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Summary: The Doctor wants to educate Leela by taking her to the greatest collection of Earth artificats in the universe, the Morovarain Museum on Morovarian Minor. But instead, the TARDIS takes them to an English village. There, they meet Harcourt, a mysterious collector.  The Doctor suspects something sinister is going on. Something, or someone, is stealing knowledge from people.

Continue reading

Fourth Doctor Audio Drama: Destination Nerva

nerva

Writer/Director/Producer: Nicholas Briggs

Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (note: includes interviews with cast and crew)

Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)

Summary: This story continues right from where the classic serial “Talons of Weng-Chiang” left off. After saying their good-byes to Jago and Litefoot, the Doctor and Leela return to the TARDIS and find a distress call from Nerva, the space station the Doctor, Sarah Jane, and Harry Sullivan travelled to twice in the show, in The Ark in Space and “Revenge of the Cybermen”. What they discover is an alien who could destroy the project before it even begins.

Continue reading