One fat geek's attempt to regenerate into a not-so-fat geek by watching the entirety of Doctor Who while walking on a treadmill

He May Be _A_ Master, But He's Not _THE_ Master

He May Be _A_ Master, But He's Not _THE_ Master

Only glimpsed briefly and unnamed in the first episode of The Mind Robber, today's episodes more fully introduced and named the primary antagonist of the story (although we only ever hear his voice and see the back of his head). The baddie is named The Master, but don't get too excited. It's not the first appearance of the Doctor's arch-enemy from Gallifrey -- in fact, to date the Doctor's home world has not even been named. No, it's just the local Big Bad in the Land of Fiction. This is a totally surreal story, very much in the same vein as The Celestial Toymaker, and it is turning out to be much more enjoyable than I had expected.

Let's talk about that.

Hello, Kitty!

Hello, Kitty!

Originally I had intended to only watch the last episode of The Dominators today, but then I figured since The Mind Robber also has an odd number of episodes I may as well start on that. I was not optimistic for either episode, really. For the end of the stupid, stupid Dominators story my lack of anticipation was well-founded. For the opening to The Mind Robber, however, it wasn't quite as dreadful as I had feared.

Let's talk about that.

The Domi-not-ors

The Domi-not-ors

Ugh, day two of this stupid, stupid story. There's a chance that it's not as awful as I think it is, and that I am just in a cranky mood. But I'm pretty sure it's just no good. Apparently it was originally supposed to be a six-parter but was cut down to five at the script stage, and I can see why. I wish it had been cut down to zero parts. It wasn't though, so here I am slogging through it all for you, my imaginary readers.

Let's talk about that.

The Dumbenators

The Dumbenators

Oh, god. I have reached the Planet of Giants of the Patrick Troughton era, and it has sapped my will to live. Season six opens with The Dominators -- a five part story that is clearly going to test my endurance in every possible way.

Let's talk about that.

Dude, Careful With That Mercury!

Dude, Careful With That Mercury!

There is a moment at the end of The Wheel in Space in which the Doctor, having roundly defeated the Cybermen, is pouring liquid mercury bare-handed into a filler port on the top of the TARDIS console using a plastic funnel. It was the most terrifying thing in the entire story, just how carelessly the Doctor treated a very dangerous material that is easily spilled and difficult to safely clean up.  I don't know if the control console has any heat sources, but mercury vaporizes easily and is a virulent poison that can cause serious issue both short- and long-term. But other than that, it was a good story.

Let's talk about that.

Fluid Links are a Pain in the Arse

Fluid Links are a Pain in the Arse

First things first: holy cow, the treadmill kicked my butt today. I didn't even make it the full 55 minutes like usual, I barely staggered through the first two episodes of The Wheel in Space and then I had to bail. I must be getting old. But skinnier. Anyway, at the end of the last story Victoria left. By the second episode of this new story Zoe is introduced, although she isn't all companion-y yet.

Let's talk about that.

Farewell, Victoria! Also: Weed Kills! Also: The Horror of Halitosis!

Farewell, Victoria! Also: Weed Kills!  Also: The Horror of Halitosis!

Oh, so many things happened in today's episodes of Fury from the Deep! I very nearly had another unexpected day without Doctor Who, but fortunately a window of opportunity opened up this afternoon and I was able to fit it in amidst visits to the vet, mowing the lawn during the first break in the Florida rain for nearly a week, and other family emergencies. But hey, at least my home wasn't overrun by sentient seaweed and foam, so it's all good.

Let's talk about that.

The One Without the "The"

The One Without the

Today's new story, Fury from the Deep, is famous for three things: 1) It's the last story with Victoria, although I won't get to the goodbye for another two days, 2) It's the very first story in which the sonic screwdriver appears, which is (oddly enough) used to simply unscrew something using sonic waves, and 3) It is the only story in the entire Second Doctor era with a title that does not begin with the word "The".

Oh, and it also has this scene:

Let's talk about that.

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