The Underwater Menace- REVIEWED

Welcome back to more adventures in time, space and the Internet. Today I am reviewing The Underwater Menace.

The TARDIS lands in Atlantis where a mad Scientist Zaroff plans to raise it but it will destroy the rest of the world. He is going to drain the ocean and the following heat will blow up the world. The Doctor foils Zaroff’s plan by drowning Atlantis.

 This story in three words is SLOW SLOW SLOW. No actio happens until the last 10 minutes of episode four and those few moments are quite enjoyable. but for about 10 minutes in episode 2 we get annoying music and a scene with the fish people. If you turn the sound off its pretty good. Don’t even get me started on the over-the-top performance of Zaroff

“NOTING IN THE VURLD CAN SHTOP ME NAW!” Proffeser Zaroff

Come back on Easter Sunday to read my Review of The Moonbase.

(by the way it’s my birthday on Easter Saturday so give me a moment to go- Happy Birthday to me,Happy Birthday to me,Happy Birthday to me,Happy Birthday to me- Thank you)

The Highlanders- REVIEWED

Hello and welcome back to more adventures in Time, Space and the Internet. Today I review The Highlanders.

The Doctor, Polly and Ben arrive at The Battle of Culloden and Meet The McCrimmons. The Doctor, Ben and Jamie McCrimmon. are captured and Polly, along with Kirsty need to rescue them.

This is the last pure historical story until Back Orchid in Peter Davisons era, and it’s pretty good. I had to listen to all four in a day. The Gunfighters was hard to watch in one day and that is all surviving, whereas this story is completely missing and it keeps you entertained. The guest cast are very strong and we meet the new companion Jamie. The only bas thing is Patrick Troughton’s German accent. He had to pose as a German doctor and it sounds bad.

Come back on Wednesday 16th April to read my review of The Underwater Menace.

The Power of the Daleks- REVIEWED

Hello and welcome back to a new set of adventures in time, space and the internet. Today I Start Patrick Troughton with The Power of the Daleks.

 The newly regenerated doctor lands on the planet vulcan with a very sceptical Ben and Polly. They find a scientist called Lesterson trying to reactivate two Daleks, despite The Doctor’s warnings. He succeeds and The Daleks act as servants until they mass produce more Daleks. A huge battle ensures and the Daleks defeated.

This introduces Patrick Troughton well and the whole regular crew stay on top form. The guest cast however are as wooden as possible. You feel no sympathy for them and when they die it’s not to dramatic. The story is pretty good and it was nice to see the Daleks again.

Come back on Saturday 12th to read my review of The Highlanders and I stop listening to two a day.

The Tenth Planet- REVIEWED

Welcome back to more adventures in time, space and the internet as we bid goodbye to William Hartnell in The Tenth Planet.

The TARDIS lands in the south pole space base that is monitoring a mission on a check of the earth’s atmosphere, when a new planet is discovered- Mondas. The inhabitants of the planet arrive on earth- The Cybermen. They declare that Mondas is drawing energy from Earth and the humans are to be taken to Mondas and converted into Cybermen. The first fleet of Cybermen are destroyed but then The Doctor collapses, so Ben and Polly need to help the base deal with The Cybermen. The Doctor recovers just before the next fleet arrives. The Doctor and Polly are taken hostage by The Cybermen. Mondas is destroyed which kills the Cybermen. The Doctor collapses into the TARDIS and changes into a younger man…

This story is one of my all time favorites and In this re-watch it is probably my favorite Hartnell story along with The War Machines and The Dalek Masterplan. The Concept behind the whole thing is amazing. The story keeps you focused, The Cybermen are great and the acting remains brilliant until the very end. William Hartnell collapsed in real life during episode 3 so that episode is carried By Ben, Polly and the scientist Barcley. Barcley is a really strong character and very well acted and Ben and Polly are becoming very higher in the top companions list. The Regeneration is the best idea the show had hands down and without it we wouldn’t still have Doctor Who today. The animation for episode 4 is pretty decent and the documentaries are quite enjoyable to. The Only negative thing about this is the character of Cutler. He seemed to stressy and went to over the top shouting at everyone who was trying to help. (Yeah I even like the Cybermen voices)

 

The Best William Hartnell Stories-

1. The Tenth Planet

2. The War Machines

3. The Dalek Masterplan

 

The Worst-

1. The Sensorites

2. The Web Planet

3. The Space Museum or episodes 2-4 of An Unearthly Child

 

I am going to catch up on the days I missed around The Gunfighters so Instead of The Power of the Daleks taking six days it will take 3 and The Highlanders will take 2. So come back on Thursday 10th April to read my thoughts on The Power of The Daleks. This re-watch is far from being all over.

 

“It’s far from Being all over”- The Doctor in The Tenth Planet.

The Smugglers-REVIEWED

Welcome back to Adventures in Time, Space and the Internet as I review the Savages. The penultimate story in the William Hartnell era.

The Doctor finds Ben and Polly in the TARDIS and they land in 17th century Cornwall where a group of pirates are searching for treasure and The Doctor is kidnapped but he escapes. However he is forced to tell the pirates the location of the treasure and a battle ensures but the travellers escape safely. Inside the TARDIS The Doctor reveals they have landed on the coldest place on Earth.

This is a meh story and would be so much better if it survived. It’s strong points are the acting from most of the cast and especially Micheal Craze and Anneke Wills. The bad points are the slow pace of episodes 2&3 and 90% of episode 4.

Come back on Monday 7th April as we begin something amazing. The first appearance of the Cybermen and the first regeneration

 

The War Machines- REVIEWED and Season Retro-Spective

Hello and Welcome back to more Adventures int Time, Space and the Internet as I Finish Season 3 with The War Machines.

The Doctor and Dodo having arrive in London after leaving Steven with The Savages and they see The Post Office Tower is complete. They soon discover with the help of new friends Ben and Polly, the secretary of the professor who invented the thinking machine WOTAN, that it plans to take over London to build War Machines and then conquer the World. Dodo is hypnotized to obey WOTAN but then The Doctor snaps her out of it and she then travels to the countryside to recover. This is the last we see of Dodo. The Doctor stops the War machines and leaves. Just as Ben and Polly enter the TARDIS.

This story is really well paced and keeps you interested all the way through and the supporting cast are great. The War Machines look OK for a 1965 design and I really like how we are facing a threat on modern-day earth. The Military are called in to deal with The War Machines which in ten years time would have been UNIT. The only negative thing I have to say about this story is Jackie Lane’s acting when she is hypnotized.

The bottom line is that this is a really good story and one that I would recommend you go out and buy if you don’t already own it.

 

Season 3 Retro-spective

 

Best Story- The Dalek Matserplan or The War Machines- Both really entertaining

Worst Story- Galaxy Four- So, So Dull

Best Regular- Steven- A truly awesome companion

Worst Regular- Dodo- She couldn’t even decide which accent to use

Best Guest Character- Mavic Chen and Brett Vyon- They were portrayed really well

Worst Guest Character- all of them from Galaxy four because they weren’t threatening and were very wooden

The SOWBER award- The Dalek Masterplan- although I liked this story it didn’t have an “epic” conclusion

The “♪ Bring it back now we wont take less ♪”- The Dalek Masterplan

The Timelash or Power award- Out of the surviving stories The Gunighters was the one I enjoyed the least

 

So this season kept up the action and wonder of Doctor Who and had really strong acting. On Thursday 3rd April we begin season four, William Hartnells last two stories, The introduction of the Cybermen and The first time we meet Patrick Troughton

The Savages-REVIEWED

Hello and welcome back to more adventures in time, space and the internet. Today I am reviewing The Savages.
The TARDIS land on a unnamed planet which the doctor thinks is in the future but Steven and Dodo funk they are in the past after seeing a savage. The population is divided. The Elders and the savages. The Elders are taking life force out of the savages and placing it in
themselves, and there leader wants to do the same for the doctor. It back fires when he is flooded with the doctors personality. Steven and Dodo convinces the savages to attack the elders. They need to rebuild their lives and chose Steven as there New leader and he says goodbye to the doctor and Dodo.
This story Hello and welcome back to more adventures in time, space and the internet. Today I am reviewing The Savages.
The TARDIS land on a unnamed planet which the doctor thinks is in the future but Steven and Dodo funk they are in the past after seeing a savage. The population is divided. The Elders and the savages. The Elders are taking life force out of the savages and placing it in themselves, and there leader wants to do the same for the doctor. It back fires when he is flooded with the doctors personality. Steven and Dodo convinces the savages to attack the elders. They need to rebuild their lives and chose Steven as there New leader and he stays behind to help.
This story is one I enjoyed more listening to a second time because it’s got an interesting concept and its pretty well done and it engaged me In the story. My least favourite thing about it was the departure of Steven, my second favourite companion

Come back on Sunday 30th to read my review of the war machines

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