Oh Lord, we're still here....
Wow, what a mourning...
Arc of Infinity
The return of Omega!
(didn't he contact matter
10 years ago?
10 years ago today, even!)
Anyway, the Doctor's body is
to be the template for Omega's
return to this universe.
Councillor Hedin turns out to
be the one in league with
Omega, explaining why he tried
so hard to keep the Doctor alive,
despite the high council's decision.
Unfortunately, for Tegan and her
cousin, yes, she's back
(bare, too ;-) ),
Omega intends to convert the water
source near Amsterdam and
guess who to his power supply.
However, you know Who stops
you know what from happening,
and sends Omega back to
the universe of anti-matter.
Louis: the most redundant
episode of the entire era is
you can't tell me that
this wasn't 3 episodes long.
Joe: why can the Doctor
defeat him here on his
own, while JP needed PT
and WH to help?
On the whole, this is
actually quite entertaining.
Tegan's having bad dreams.
The Doctor makes a device
that inhibits dreaming.
Unfortunately, this leaves
Tegan in a walking-sleeping state.
Of course, she gets into trouble
(as is usual with any companion),
and this big-asp snake tries to
take over her and the prince...
the big-asp snake's name?
The Mara (remember it?).
The Doctor enlists the help of Dojjen
to help him fight the Mara.
As is usual, he succeeds.
Tegan is returned to her
Louis: everything in this
is just reasonable - plot,
cliffhangers, characters, etc.
Solid, but nothing near as good
as what everyone thinks.
a bit better than his earlier
attempt at this story, but
not worth my time.
Hello, Brigadier! :-)
You know Who materializes aboard
a space ship in a warp ellipse.
(The odds against this happening
are, of course, 7G:1 (G don't mean
You know Who goes you know where
to find a way out of it.
He travels in an overgrown eggbeater,
where he runs into Mr. Dunderhead.
Here, he also meets a guy working
for some dude with a chicken on his head.
(You'd better know who we're talking
in both cases.)
Dunderhead can't remember him because
of something that happened, er will happen,
er happened, er... well, you get the picture.
You know Who can't get the you know WHAT
to go you know where.
Tegan and Nyssa meet Mr. Dunderhead,
when he should be in UNIT, but is actually
working in a boys' school, where he can
actually remember the Doctor.
Of course, $#!T happens, and you know
Who has to give up guess how many of guess
what to allow the $#!T that happened to die.
Of course, there's a reason why Dunderhead
couldn't, er won't be able to, er can't, er...
oh heck with it, remember you know Who.
Ever wonder what it's like to meet yourself?
(we avoid this because of the damage it
might cause to the immediate area)
Well, that saves you know Who and Dunderhead.
In fact, in spite of everything we've written,
this is, actually, dramatically,
the best story of the season.
Again, the guy with the chicken on
his head appears, and tries to get the
guy working for him to kill
you know Who.
Unfortunately, the guy working for him
gets a pang of conscience (what's that?).
Meanwhile, Nyssa contracts space
leprosy (Lazar's disease, for those who
want to get technical) and has to be
cured in an intergalactic leper colony which
happens to be a ship in the exact center of
the universe (see it brewing already?)
and it will cause a second big bang
(not that kind) if its jettison program
continues to run.
You know Who saves the universe, and the
guy with the chicken on his head is miffed.
Nyssa (undressed, *PANT* *PANT* ;-) )
decides to become a spacey Florence
Nightingale and remain on Terminus to help the lepers.
Flat acting, rushed production,
but a good overall story.
An intergalactic America's cup,
and the prize is Enlightenment.
Anyway, the guy with the chicken on
his head is still at it and is after you
know Who, through the guy working for
him, who has, at this point, picked
up a moral or 3.
This, however, does not prevent him
from trying to stab everyone else in the back.
(He should've tried stabbing Captain Wrack
somewhere else with something else ;-) ).
However, you know Who guides the winning
ship into port and wins the cup
(no law suit!).
The guy working for the guy with the
chicken on his head is told by you know
Who to decide about you know what.
Guess what he does...
The guy with the bun on his head
can't be me either...
all I've got is fuzz)
that you know what was in fact
you know what, and the decision was,
in fact, you know what
(think we can get any vaguer?).
Another rush production (love those CSO's...).
*YAWN*, but for some reason, it still
holds you attention.
Maybe it's just the cliffhangers,
especially that of episode 1.
The King's Demons
King John has somehow picked up singing.
(recognize the tune?)
Well, at least the guy with the chicken
on his head disappeared at the end of the
last one (temporarily, of course),
but you know who is back, and is trying
to get you know Who.
He's using a brand new plot device:
K-9 mk IV, aka the robot with the funny
voice who never seems to be around.
This king is, in fact, a fake.
(how did you know?)
However, you know Who gets knighted
while you know who tries to ferment rebellion.
You know Who beats you know who with
a classic battle of you know what.
The robot with the funny voice is
taken into you know WHAT.
Too much of a barebones story.
It needs flesh - should borrow some from Peri. ;-)
The Five Doctors
You know Whos are all brought
together in the Death Zone - an ancient
place of our geriatrics.
Here, they are to find the way to
the castle in the center...
well, 4 out of 5 of them are...
the other is trapped in a vortex where
things aren't quite complete
(read: contract problems).
Anyway, one of them gets out and
back to the Capitol.
The others have quite a good time
arguing with himselves and their
Meanwhile, back at the ranch
(read: Capitol), you know Who
is talking to you know Who's president
and falls under his control.
Meanwhile, you know Who is arguing
with you know Who and ultimately argues
with you know Who.
You know who tries to kill off you know
Whos, but fails (of course) because
Dunderhead (you remember him)
You know who is not immune to
bullets, you remember.
Well, the prez and you know Who arrive,
but the other you know Whos rescue you
know Who with the pleasant open face
from the prez.
Big daddy offers the prez guess what.
One of the you know Whos manages to
figure out that Big daddy's offer ain't
what it's cracked up to be.
The prez is petrified about his discovery.
The whole lot of them say their goodbyes,
leaving only pleasant, open-faced you know
Who to deal with Chancellor Flavia.
You know Who is now prez, but wants to
take the scenic route back to the Capitol,
mentioning that the old prez never was.
This one was lots of fun.
A lot of good memories in the show,
including appearances by Liz Shaw and
Mike Yates - companions you wouldn't
really expect to see in an anniversary
show, the salt-and-pepper-shaker
exterminators, the metal-heads, and
the balled wonders.
Overall, a very good story, despite
the 90 minute bull$#!T Lionheart is
trying to pull by sending the US viewers
a movie format that is missing some parts.
If you want to see the full version seen
in the UK, watch for it in an episode
format - unfortunately, it is not meant
for episode format.
This season was full of fun, humor,
drama, and all sorts of other good stuff.
Nobody would expect the black guardian
to have something on his head which
looks like a chicken, nor the white
guardian to have a bun on his head.
The Master was almost real in this season.
Unfortunately for Whovians all around, this
is the only really good season JN-T ever did.
- What is Dunderhead's full name?
- What scenes were cut from The Five Doctors?
- What companion's husband appeared in Snakedance?
- Name all the continuity problems with Mawdryn Undead.
PS You get a break for now...
we have to get some sleep...
Parts 4-7 due out on Saturday and Sunday...
First posted to rec.arts.drwho on 1 Oct 88
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