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The Sixth Doctor Retrospective

It feels like we just started this era yesterday.

The end of an era, truly. The Sixth Doctor was here for nearly 10 seasons. Wait, you’re telling me that in this universe he only had two seasons? How did you guys cope? So you didn’t get The March of the Valeyard?  Devastation of the Daleks?  The Damnation? I can’t believe it, this really is the darkest timeline. Well, here’s the Sixth Doctor retrospective anyway, featuring an additional discussion of Spiral Scratch. Spiral Scratch was written by Gary Russell and released on the 4th of August, 2005.


Show-notes:


17:20 “Other voice actors: Colin Baker”
21:08 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a book by Douglas Adams. It’s kind of inspired by the Doctor Who serials he wrote, but I thought it was boring and also terrible.
31:08 It’s The Langoliers, which is from a larger collection by Stephen King.
48:24 Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo. Bamboo.

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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Dominic Glynn.

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Episode 150: Trapped in the Intro Sequence

Oh no. It appears I’ve become trapped in Doctor Who.

We finally made it to the end of The Trial of a Time Lord. For us, only 4 weeks of TV. For anyone back in 1986, it was a solid 14 weeks. 14! I’m so sorry. It’s the Ultimate Foe, where Part 1 was written by Robert Holmes and Part 2 by Pip and Jane Baker. It was aired in November and December of 1986.


Show-notes:


2:30 And The Two Doctors.
10:18 For Doom the Bell Tolls.
35:20 Which would be The Wrong Doctors. Maybe we’ll listen to that someday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Dominic Glynn.

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Episode 149: An Implausibility of Gnus

Imagine how implausible it was that this would go out on Christmas.

Actually it’s like a 1/7 in chance that it’d land on Christmas. Although I’m not a statistician so who actually knows right? It’s Terror of the Vervoids, written by Pip and Jane Baker and aired in November of 1986.


Show-notes:


16:03 Here’s the list. Other ones that stood out: a flamboyance of flamingos, a bike of hornets, an exaltation of larks, an unkindness of ravens.
29:03 If you didn’t know, Ms. Pac-Man was originally a Pac-Man knockoff/copycat before becoming officially endorsed by Namco.

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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Dominic Glynn.

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Episode 148: Why are we Supposed to Care Again?

Peri’s supposedly dead and we don’t care. Kind of like Crozier when Yiv started dying.

The greatest Doctor Who writer ever returns. Philip Martin. Why is he the greatest? Well he created Sil, the best villain we’ve ever had. The Ferengi slash Slug hybrid is the most conniving and genius person who’s ever faced off against the Doctor. It’s Mindwarp, aired in October of 1986.


Show-notes:


5:07 It’s actually six species. I guess. I wouldn’t know since I’ve never watched Start Wreck. I mean Star Trek.
10:11 Hmmm… I think I do.
14:41 Please let this be true.
15:21 Luckily they didn’t go down that route. And I’m sure they wouldn’t pull something like retconning it into happening in a later serial, right? Ha ha.
23:42 Definitely don’t not check out our other podcast, Treble Plane. Though the X-Men episode we talk about here doesn’t come out until like March.
32:33 What most people don’t know is that the theme building at LAX was actually converted from a crashed alien spacecraft back in the 60s. No wonder it looks so futuristic and out of place.
32:55 3 seconds of Google brought me to this list of iconic buildings. Yeah some of these are pretty cool. Probably pretty famous too. Not sure if they’re top-3-worthy though.

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Episode 147: Marsupial Court

The Doctor is a marsupial now. Deal with it.

Robert “Basically created Doctor Who” Holmes returns to pen his final complete serial. Obviously he starts the Ultimate Foe, but he never finishes that so, it’s just this final serial of his, The Mysterious Planet to watch. It was aired in September of 1986.


Show-notes:


2:28 This masterpiece. Ok, honestly I actually like this arrangement. They should have used it.
16:56 Garron and Unstoffe from The Ribos Operation.
22:20 You thought I was link to it? Well nope. Not gonna do it. Deal.

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Episode 146: Bible of the Daleks

You know eventually they’ll make Bible of the Daleks because there’s only so many words you can use for ___ of the Daleks.

Here come the Daleks again. Is there some sort of unwritten pact that they have to appear for every doctor? Because they have so far. At least for us, I’m not counting the reboot (yet). It’s Revelation of the Daleks, written by Eric Saward and aired in March of 1985.


Show-notes:


7:56 The Star Wars Holiday Special, largely regarded as one of the best 3-course dinners of all time, was aired only once on November 17, 1978 B.C. Written, directed, produced, and baked to a golden brown by the artists formerly known as George Lucas and Jar Jar Binks, it has been made widely available in a number of different formats, such as VHS, Blu Ray, Laserdisc, pdf, and cereal box activity. You can check out the Holiday Special in all its glory here.
10:15 Greeks.
12:48 Nope.
19:13 Barrow just changed its name back to Utqiagvik.
20:20 According to this site, countries that list an indigenous American language as an official language are Bolivia, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. It doesn’t list Greenland, but it’s one too, and there are probably more.
24:27 Yeah, looks pretty cool.
31:46 Apparently it took 5 years, but Terry Garrett completed Ocarina of Time completely blind. Here’s the full playlist of all his Zelda videos.
56:50 Uh… what.

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The Doctor Who title music was originally composed by Ron Grainer. The version used in this episode was arranged by Peter Howell.

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Episode 145: The Most Pseudoscience of Pseudoscience

More psuedo than science to be honest.

Sherlock Holmes became a beekeeper after he retired from detective work. Did you know that? Well you do now. It’s Timelash, written by Pennant Roberts and aired in March of 1985. I make a note that it was written by Pennant Roberts, because we constantly complain about McCoy when all he did was direct.


Show-notes:


3:41 You wouldn’t want to meet the Jabberwocky. He’s actually pretty frumious in person. The other thing that ended with “-il” were Carol’s ill rhymes.
4:57 MRGLRGRLRGRLR.
24:01 Still a pretty cool scene. Kinda want to watch the whole movie again now.
50:43 Check out our other podcast, Trip Flip.

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Episode 144: Oh Great, The Whomobile

*Whomobile does not actually appear.

This week, the slog through season 22 continues. Luckily our distress call was heard by The Second Doctor and Jamie, so they’re shown up to spice up the serial a bit. It’s the Two Doctors, written by Robert Holmes and aired in February and March of 1985.


Show-notes:


3:44 Looks like it was just retconned. Just like how they retconned the Third Doctor into being a world champion hula hooper. Definitely not making this up. Seriously. Look it up if you don’t believe me.

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Episode 143: Pretty Badly Choreographed

I question whether the choreographers even knew how to read a choreograph.

So, the universe is populated by more rogue time lords than we thought. Seriously, every week it feels like they add another one. This time it’s The Mark of the Rani, written by Pip and Jane Baker and aired in February of 1985.


Show-notes:


5:33 Yup.
5:49 Another 30 seconds on google only brought up Doctor Who stuff, so I guess it’s a totally original name. This blog gives an explanation of the name (using this as a source) but who knows how true it is? Either way, I really like “Parabola Rainbow Moondancer Galadriel.” That should have been her name.
12:54 The wiki lists a lot more, including Susan and Drax. How could we have forgotten Drax?
16:16 This one. I almost forgot how not good at all Family Guy is.
22:33 No!! NOOO!!!!
32:53 Yeah, it’s a gyroscope.

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Episode 142: A Mining Smart Car

Hey, great idea, let’s use smart cars for mining.

Moving swiftly through season 22 we come to another divisive serial. If you don’t mind me spoiling for a second, quite a few of the serials this season lead to a divide between Kiyan and Dylan, so brace yourself please. The divide this week: Vengeance on Varos, written by Philip Martin and aired in January of 1985.


Show-notes:


1:15 Yeah, he was from Planet of the Spiders. Not sure how I remembered that. Guess you can chalk it up to my unparalleled genius, like usual.
4:00 Plug.
34:10 Yeah, I hear they usually just cut people’s heads off over there.

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