Companion: N/A (this is the only story from the classic era that did not feature a companion)
No. of Episodes: 4
Season: 14, ep. 3 (9-12)
Summary: The Doctor receives a premonition that the Time Lord President’s life is in danger. The Master has returned, having run out of regenerations. He is now a decaying husk, desperate to find any way to lengthen the one life he has left. To that end, he frames the Doctor for the murder of the president and attempts to kill him within The Matrix, where he can manipulate reality.
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!
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.
Jon 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”
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.
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?
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!
Writer: John Dorney (from a story by Robert Banks Stewart) Director: Ken Bentley Producer: David Richardson (Note: This is part of the Fourth Doctor Lost Stories boxed set. I will be reviewing the second story, “The Valley of Death”, at a later date) Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson) Summary:The TARDIS arrives in Devon 1977. When they arrive they discover that history is unravelling. There is a house haunted by a spectre that has possessed a man named Jalnik. Continue reading →
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.
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.