Doctor Who: Blogging the Sixth Doctor

This is a round-up of all my posts about the Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker. The Twin Dilemma Attack of the Cybermen Vengeance on Varos Mark of the Rani The Two Doctors Timelash Revelation of the Daleks Trial of a Time Lord The Mysterious Planet Mindwarp Terror of the Vervoids The Ultimate Foe And [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe

The fourth and final section of “The Trial of a Time Lord,” encompassing the last two parts, is known as “The Ultimate Foe.” . In it, the Master appears as a sort of diabolus ex machina, not to reveal himself to have been behind what has been going on, but to reveal instead that the [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: Terror of the Vervoids

The third major section of the Doctor Who episode “The Trial of a Time Lord,” parts 9-12, are known under the subtitle “Terror of the Vervoids“. It is the Doctor’s chance to respond to the accusations of the Valeyard, and he has been given access to the matrix, the computer database of time lord knowledge, [Read More...]

Doctor Who on the Meaning of Life

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Doctor Who: The Chase

“The Chase” is the episode of Doctor Who which saw the departure of the remaining two of the original companions from the show’s beginning, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. In a very real sense, they were the main characters of the show, and the Doctor was a mysterious figure who had whisked them away for [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen

The classic episode from the Patrick Troughton era, “The Abominable Snowmen,” is almost entirely lost. It is a pity, as it is an engaging episode with a convincing story and interesting exploration of religion. Doctor Who has had a longstanding affection for Buddhism, but in some respects “The Abominable Snowmen” offers a more explicitly positive [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: Mindwarp

The next four parts of the episode “The Trial of a Time Lord” are known by the subtitle “Mindwarp.” This segment is powerful inasmuch as it makes us really wonder about the Doctor’s sanity and stability, and later, about Peri’s fate. Having coped with the Doctor’s instability early in the Sixth Doctor’s tenure, and finally [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet

“The Trial of a Time Lord” is an episode (or sequence of episodes, depending how one thinks about it) that I remember vividly from when I was younger. I also remember before I saw it, a friend of mine telling me some things about it that were so mind-bending I was sure he was lying. [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks

Revelation of the Daleks is a rather morbid episode set at a galactic funeral home. It has much comedy in it, as always, but some of the humor is blacker. The Doctor and Peri arrive on the suitably-named planet Necros, supposedly for the funeral or memorial service for a friend of the Doctor’s. The Doctor [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Blogging the Fifth Doctor

The Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, was the first I ever saw on Doctor Who. It therefore seems appropriate that it should be the episodes featuring the Fifth Doctor that I have finished blogging through first. Here are links to all my blog posts about Doctor Who episodes from the Peter Davison era: Castrovalva [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen

“Tomb of the Cybermen” was the first Doctor Who episode to feature the cybermats that made a reappearance season 6 episode “Closing Time.” The episode has the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive on the planet Telos, where an expedition from Earth has recently arrived, allegedly to do an archaeological investigation into why the Cybermen vanished. [Read More...]