Timestamp #130: The Five Doctors – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: The Five Doctors (Twentieth Anniversary Special, 1983)   “I am being diminished, whittled away piece by piece. A man is the sum of his memories you know, a Time Lord even more so…” After a heart-touching introduction by the First Doctor, we find the Fifth Doctor – To save on confusion, I’m going to call them by number right out of the gate – putting the finishing touches on a brand new control console, and I actually kind of like it. The team is relaxing at the Eye of Orion, taking some time away from the rush of […]

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Timestamp #129: The King’s Demons – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: The King’s Demons (2 episodes, s20e21-e22, 1983)   It’s half a nod to the black and white era with a pseudo-historical story. In medieval Europe, King John of England feels that his reception at Lord Ranulf Fitzwilliam’s castle is insufficient, leading to the challenge of a duel between the king’s champion and the lord’s own son. At daybreak, the competition begins with a joust, but it is interrupted by the TARDIS as it arrives in the middle of the arena. Turlough is frustrated since Earth is not his home, but the Doctor and his companions leave the TARDIS to […]

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Timestamp #128: Enlightenment – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Enlightenment The Black Guardian Trilogy, Part III (4 episodes, s20e17-e20, 1983)   Mawdryn high and Terminus low, finish strong by Enlightenment‘s glow? In true K9 style, Turlough is playing chess with Tegan while she helps the Doctor diagnose the TARDIS. For whatever reason, the time capsule is losing power, bathing the console room in spoo-OO-ooky orange emergency lighting… which I actually kind of liked. Through a series of echoing voices, the Doctor decides to ramp up the power and invite an old friend onboard. The White Guardian appears and transmits a broken message of danger before the Black Guardian […]

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Timestamp #127: Terminus – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Terminus The Black Guardian Trilogy, Part II (4 episodes, s20e13-e16, 1983)   The trilogy gets stuck in the mud. Picking up right where we left off, Turlough is wandering the corridors of the TARDIS, sabotaging the time capsule at the Black Guardian’s guidance. A skeptical Tegan stumbles across him and resists his charms while escorting him to his quarters. Coincidentally, they once were Adric’s. Two production notes: First, in close-up, Tegan’s makeup is a bit excessive. Second, this is the first story to call the round things “roundels.” Tegan leaves, carrying the caduceus necklace from her first encounter with […]

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Timestamp #126: Mawdryn Undead – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Timestamps Featured ImageDoctor Who: Mawdryn Undead The Black Guardian Trilogy, Part I (4 episodes, s20e09-e12, 1983)   The Key to Time comes home to roost. A schoolboy named Turlough steals (and totals) the Brigadier’s car, offering quite the introduction to a new companion. He has an out of body experience after the crash, though both he and his classmate Ibbotson will be fine. The Brig, on the other hand, is incensed. After all, it was a rare 1929 Humber 16/50 Open Tourer (Imperial Model). The out of body experience is courtesy of the Black Guardian, who seeks revenge against the Doctor after their […]

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