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

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Goodbye, Barbara, You'll Always Be a Goddess

Goodbye, Barbara, You'll Always Be a Goddess

I knew today was coming, I was prepared, and it doesn't make me any less bummed. Today was the last episode with Barbara Wright, who is a goddess. Oh, Sir Ian Chesterton, Knight of Jaffa and King of Pratfalls also left, but he is instantly replaced with Ian 2.0 (also known as Steven Taylor). Also -- and this is important -- Ian is not a goddess. But before we get to the parting, we have to struggle through walking fungus, a Life Model Decoy of the Doctor, and an epic battle between the Daleks and the Mechonoids.

The Chase Continues - A.K.A. "Terry Nation Needs to Pay the Mortgage"

The Chase Continues - A.K.A.

Oh, my, today's episodes. I watched them. I finished 90 minutes ago.  Mercifully, I have already forgotten most of it. This is the third bite at the apple for the Daleks, and we have now entered the territory of "How can I miss you if you won't go away?" Fun fact: I hit that wall in the modern series a few years ago with The Daleks Take Manhattan. You want to take a guess where the setting is for the first half of today's snooze-fest?

Disgruntled Teenagers with Ray Guns

Disgruntled Teenagers with Ray Guns

Oy, such a day. I barely made the treadmill today. Even the support of you, my imaginary readers, almost wasn't enough. What pushed me there was the fact that I am two days away from a complete month of walks/viewings/posts every single day. So I dragged my sorry butt on down to the YMCA and watched the end of The Space Museum. Turns out William Hartnell pretty much had the same issue, and didn't bother to come to work for the first week. But he showed up for the finale, and so did Boba Fett. For reals.

Let's talk about that.

A Big Ball of Timey Wimey, Wibbly Wobbly Cardigan Wool

A Big Ball of Timey Wimey, Wibbly Wobbly Cardigan Wool

First of all: Woo Hoo! Today I weighed in at a record low since I started this project. Not in-and-of-itself a remarkable thing, but I was really frustrated during most of last week as I seemed to be steadily losing ground and gaining back weight. With this morning's weigh-in I feel like I have solidified the trend back in the right direction. It has been a bit of a challenge getting used to the treadmills at the YMCA. I mean, they are lovely high-tech machines, but they aren't mine so they feel like driving a rental car. It just takes a bit to figure out how to get all the mirrors and seats positioned correctly, such as it is.

Anyway, today's episode: I am finding The Space Museum surprisingly interesting. The story represents the first time that the writers have really played around with the concept of Time as a separate dimension, and gone a bit wibbly wobbly with it. There are also several moments of humor which, although a little out of place, were still lots of fun.

Let's talk about that.

The Sexual Politics of Twelfth Century Saracens and Britons

The Sexual Politics of Twelfth Century Saracens and Britons

Wow, what a lot of women's issues came up in today's viewing. I mean, it's not like Doctor Who is any great bastion of pro-feminist cheerleading (especially in the Classic era), but today it was just all over the place. It's not all bad, by any stretch. Certainly it is well-reflective of twelfth century mores and standards. Frankly, it's pretty well-reflective of many twentieth century mores as well. But holy cow it was a lot to take in.

Let's talk about that.

One Hundred Miles! Also: Congratulations, Sir Ian Chesterton

One Hundred Miles! Also: Congratulations, Sir Ian Chesterton

Oh, the ridiculous gyrations I had to go through this morning. I crossed 100 miles, which is awesome, but it took some real juggling to get there. Today I started in on The Crusade, which is the first time in this project I have needed to bounce between a DVD to watch an existing episode and then to my iPad to watch the Loose Canon Recon of a missing episode. And I had to do this, not in the privacy of my own home, but out in public on the YMCA, walking on a treadmill while balancing a cornucopia of electronics on the screen ledge. Oh, the things I do for you, my imaginary readers. But hey, today's story is another pure historical -- this one featuring none other than King Richard I in the midst of the holy war in Palestine. 

Let's talk about that.

We All Float Down Here, Barbara

We All Float Down Here, Barbara

I think this is going to be a short one. It's late in the day, I need to get to bed, and this is the first chance I have had to write. Having my own treadmill out of commission is proving to be a right pain in the arse. I am also frustrated by my reversal of progress the past few days. But as for The Web Planet? It finished strong.

Let's talk about that.

God Hates the Web Planet

God Hates the Web Planet

Look, I was already frustrated by this story ages before I got here. It is the one DVD that I failed to get before it went out of print. When it first came out in 2006 it was a stupid $15 story that looked awful, and I wasn't seriously collecting the videos yet. I didn't bother with it. By the time I started in earnest, it had gone out of print and now can only be gotten for upwards of $200. So I knew I was going to have to watch a streaming version, but it made me frustrated. Then today happened, and things got much worse.

Let's talk about that.

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