Timestamp #139: Vengeance on Varos – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (2 episodes, s22e03-e04, 1985)   It’s a hit-and-miss meta-adventure. On a rocky red planet dominated by domes, a chained man is being tortured on television. Arak and Etta, our court jesters representing the common man in this play, complain about their mandatory entertainment choices, compulsory voting, and less-than-pleasing TV dinners. The whole thing is very 1984 meets The Running Man (or, if you’d rather for the sake of temporal argument, the novel version). Simultaneously, The Doctor is repairing the console on the TARDIS. Peri questions his skills, remarking on all of the traumatic events since they left Telos. […]

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Timestamp #138: Attack of the Cybermen – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen (2 episodes, s22e01-e02, 1985)   After some time off, the Doctor has gotten better. The adventure begins with two unfortunate sewer workers who find a shiny new brick wall where one should not be. One of them investigates, but the other is attacked by an unknown force. On the TARDIS, the Doctor is working on the capsule’s circuitry, specifically the chameleon circuit. Peri is concerned that he is over-exerting himself after his recent trauma, but the Doctor disregards her. When she suggests some relaxation he agrees and sets course, but something draws the TARDIS […]

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Timestamp: Twenty-First Series and Fifth Doctor Summary – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Twenty-First Series and Fifth Doctor Summary   It’s an unfortunate ending to an era. The Fifth Doctor’s three series run did not perform well in comparison to the rest of the franchise so far, and that’s disappointing considering how much potential the character had. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t stellar. The Twenty-First Series had highs in Warriors of the Deep  and Resurrection of the Daleks, and it had a low in The Awakening. The rest just evened out to the average. Part of that was the companions, Tegan and Turlough, who I never really connected with. Another […]

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Timestamp #137: The Twin Dilemma – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: The Twin Dilemma (4 episodes, s21e21-e24, 1984)   He’s the Doctor, whether we like it or not. After some updated and more colorful credits, we find two twins are playing a game of space backgammon. They are named Romulus and Remus, which is a bit on the nose. The boys move on to a new strategy game when a stranger named Professor Edgeworth materializes before them. After a cryptic but friendly discussion, the trio vanishes. On the TARDIS, the Sixth Doctor shows off his new looks after regeneration, but Peri is not impressed. This Doctor is more vain […]

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Timestamp #136: The Caves of Androzani – The ESO Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: The Caves of Androzani (4 episodes, s21e17-e20, 1984)   Davison deserved better. The TARDIS arrives in a dry lake bed on Androzani Minor. After a small bout of exploration, Peri and the Doctor question the presence of motor vehicle tracks on an otherwise desolate planet and decide to follow them. While they travel, the Doctor muses about keeping diaries. While they explore the crystalline caves, Peri falls into a web-like substance that stings. Afterward, she asks the Doctor about his lapel celery, which turns purple when exposed to gases in the Praxis range. Elsewhere, a monster attacks a group […]

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