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Timestamp: Twenty-First Series and Fifth Doctor Summary

Doctor 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

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Timestamp #137: The Twin Dilemma

Doctor 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.

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Timestamp #136: The Caves of Androzani

Doctor 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

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Timestamp #135: Planet of Fire

Doctor Who: Planet of Fire (4 episodes, s21e13-e16, 1984)   It’s a strange mashup between a primitive religion theme and an unstoppable menace. Crossing a barren volcanic landscape, two men in tattered clothes offer up a distinctly Middle Eastern vibe. The cross cuts to two other men discussing matters of

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Timestamp #134: Resurrection of the Daleks

Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (2 episodes, s21e11-e12, 1984)   This story gets dark fast and leaves a lot of room to think in the end. In a disused modern day alley, several men in anachronistic costumes run from police officers and their machine pistols. When the runners (and

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Timestamp #133: Frontios

Doctor Who: Frontios (4 episodes, s21e07-e10, 1984)   Base under siege… again. An expedition is studying minerals underground when the mine shaft collapses around them, killing the team (and colony) leader, Captain Revere. Chief Orderly Brazen, head of security for the colony, swears the remaining members to secrecy. His scientific

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Timestamp #132: The Awakening

Doctor Who: The Awakening (2 episodes, s21e05-e06, 1984)   A new adventure starts by showing us that “it’s just a joke” often isn’t. A schoolteacher named Jane Hampden is being harassed by English civil war re-enactors. She thinks they’ve taken things too far, but Sir George and his band blow

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Timestamp #131: Warriors of the Deep

Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep (4 episodes, s21e01-e04, 1984)   Welcome to the dark ethical corner. We last saw the Silurians and the Sea Devils in the Third Doctor’s era, and now they’re teaming up to attack an underwater base. From the opening and the title, I assume that’s where the base

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Timestamp: Twentieth Series Summary

Doctor Who: Twentieth Series Summary   It’s a bump up at the very least. The Nineteenth Series was a low water mark, and this group of serials recovered enough to join several others in a grouping just below the to-date average. The focus of the Twentieth Series appeared to be

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Timestamp #130: The Five Doctors

Doctor 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

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Timestamp #129: The King’s Demons

Doctor 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

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Timestamp #128: Enlightenment

Doctor 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

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