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DOCTOR RRR’S GUIDE TO THE WHONIVERSES-

SEASON 6 PART 2- THE SEEDS OF DEATH/ SPACE PIRATES AND THE WAR GAMES

Season 6 and the Black and white era of Doctor Who concludes with three stories. The Seeds of Death is the second Ice Warrior story and sees them as a malevolent force intent on wiping out Mankind to conquer the Earth, well, at least the Colder parts. The Space Pirates, errr Pirates in space would you believe? And The War Games is nothing like the Hunger Games, well, maybe a bit?
Anyhooniverses, with the arrival of Terrance Dicks as Script Editor, DW has the next most influential Writer on the Series. With the Doctor on Trial and exiled to the 20th Century on Earth, the stage is set for the new era of Who- in Colour!

Thanks Traffic Experiment for the theme and Doctor Who Magazine for the TARDIS Set!

 

Change and Legacies

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HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family, and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance

From the Queen’s Christmas speech, 2018

The Passing

I believe there may have been hundreds or thousands of articles written about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week, September 8, 2022, in Balmoral, Scotland, at 96. But I will remember the Queen, as many of us would, as a constant factor in our lives.

I’m almost fifty and had always known the Queen of England was always there, working for us, the British people and Commonwealth nations. She was a fixture of stability and courage in times of trouble.

As someone who loves to smile, the Queen’s visage is always joyous, creased up in a smile, and there was also…

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THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN DVD AND INFINITE WHONIVERSES 8TH ANNIVERSARY

We’ve been going for eight whole years now! WOOHOOO! The Timeroad so far has been an epic journey across Time, Space, Death and multiple Realities/dimensions/universes. The NeoDoctor starred in Triumph of the Daleks, with Dr. Rrrr and others following on.
Halfway through Series 6, with the rest now rescheduled for the 60th Anniversary next year, mainly because Dr Rrr’s Guide to the Whoniverses has taken on the epic challenge of doing an overview of every single Season from the Classic series and the New.
I’ve recorded up to Season 8 (The Master Season) but right now there will be a brief interregnum as we go back for the Abominable Snowmen DVD review- its great!

Well, in a nutshell! Big Finish Creative and BBC Studios teamed up to make a black and white and colour Animation of it, as only Episode 2 and a clip of episode 4 survive of this six-part serial. It’s good, as The Doctor finds he is blamed for Yeti attacks on the monks of the Det-Sen Monastery in Tibet, but works to discover the truth and fight back.
One thing I’ve found with the six-parter stories is how sometimes they drag in the middle (sometimes) and get a bit repetitive, but seem to rush the ending.
Anyway, not bad and the Yeti are great, though there’s no follow-up to what the real Yeti are at the end.
8/10

 

DOCTOR RRR’S GUIDE TO THE WHONIVERSES- DOCTOR WHO- FROM THE BEGINNING

SEASON 6 PART 1 – The Dominators/The Mind Robber/The Invasion/The Krotons-

Season 6 is a pivotal season, a point where the history of Who could have gone another way. It may seem like I’m overstating the obvious, but the Introduction of Robert Holmes was the ‘Boom’ moment- think about it- he was both a writer and then script editor during the golden age of Who- the Pertwee/Tom Baker years, influencing many stories, as well as creating characters and monsters like The Master/The Autons/Sontarans and Rutans/Sarah Jane Smith and Naming The Doctor’s Home planet as Gallifrey and the society of the TimeLords (just for example!)
Terrance Dicks taking over as Script Editor also helped shaped the future of the show. Here’s a thought- if Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter are the new Verity and RTD the new David Whitaker/Terry Nation, then where’s the new Robert Holmes or Terrance Dicks? I’d apply for both jobs, but (very suspiciously) you never see any Who jobs advertised on the BBC jobsite, since I’ve applied for 38 on the present system and half a dozen or so on the old one.
Anyhoo, it is a mixed bag, The Dominators plods along while the Mind Robber is a good story, then The Invasion introduces UNIT and a new basic version of the Cybermen that would influence their design over the next few decades..
While The Krotons isn’t that good, being a re-tread of both Dominators and Space Museum, it is pivotal for the intro of Holmes, as I’ve stated above.
It is the second half of the Season that is really interesting though…

 

SEASON 5 PART 3- ENEMY OF THE WORLD/WEB OF FEAR/FURY FROM THE DEEP/WHEEL IN SPACE-

DOCTOR RRR’S GUIDE TO THE WHONIVERSES-

SEASON 5 PART 3- ENEMY OF THE WORLD/WEB OF FEAR/FURY FROM THE DEEP/WHEEL IN SPACE-

Here are a couple of DW’s I have never seen before, a rarity. While I have had the novelisation of Enemy of the World, but seeing the recovered dvd was interesting. Who does Bond, with The Doctor looking like the villain, Salamander, giving Troughton a great excuse to flex his acting muscles.
Actually, it’s a bit more like an episode of The Avengers, with Jamie and Victoria going off on an undercover mission.

The Web of Fear is a claustrophobict hriller on the London Underground, well plotted and a few creepy scenes, the animation is also interesting.

Fury from the Deep has been completely animated and is a great story.

The Wheel in Space is another cyber-tale on a space station, not ‘officially’ animated, but drwhoanimator on youtube had done a nice cut- down version

Wheel in space fan animation-

 

Ian’s Travelblog 2022- Where I’ve been a wanderin’ to lately.

Haven’t done a hiking update since Chester Walls, guess it’s been a busy couple of months. So Bewsey Meadows/Bog Wood and St. Helens Canal again for a bit of Heron Spotting.

Then Knowsley Safari Park Foot Trail. Along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal looking for Wigan Pier and Salford Quays- Mediacity War Museum and the Lowry, plus Barrows Green and Sunnybank Woods, though I haven’t edited those vids yet!
Still not gotten to Wales though- darn!

https://www.facebook.com/MrTigletsTravels/

Knowsley Safari Park Foot Trail-

Wigan Pier-

Knowsley Safari Park Director interview on LBN-
https://lbndaily.co.uk/you-cant-put-a-rhino-on-furlough/

 

Your Legend- Mayday!

Remembered that I’m up to 1,200 posts on the blog- so here’s something I should’ve shared a while ago- get inspired by Mayday!
 

DOCTOR RRR’S GUIDE TO THE WHONIVERSES-

SEASON 5 PART 2- The Ice Warriors and Abominable Snowmen Novelisation

DOCTOR RRR’S GUIDE TO THE WHONIVERSES-

SEASON 5 PART 2- The Ice Warriors and Abominable Snowmen Novelisation

When I found out the release date of the animated DVD of the Abominable Snowmen I thought maybe I would have to delay my overview of the season, but finding the book at Wigan Comic con meant I could still feature it, then do an in-depth review in September.
The novel itself is quite good, the TARDIS Team arriving in Tibet and encountering Warrior monks and robotic Yeti.

The Ice Warriors is a brilliant intro to an amazing monster/Alien Race.
Brittanicus base is trying to hold back the advancing ice as the world enters a new Ice Age in the 31st Century. Buried for millions of Years Varga and his Martian Warriors pose a new threat.
Both stories are quite good and a few extra features go behind the scenes, including the animation of the Ice Warriors.

The ‘New’ Ice Warrior by Alastair Hughes-

https://doctorwho.org.nz/archive/tsv21/

Millennium effect article on missing episodes and animations-
https://millenniumeffect.co.uk/index.php/missing-episode-animations/

 

Ian’s 12th Blogversary!

That’s right universe, I’ve been scribbling on this little WordPress site for twelve whole years now. Getting to ten years during the pandemic/lockdowns kept me going, but recently it has been keeping up with Dr RRR and the historical overview of the history of Doctor Who that’s been the challenge.
So, mostly I’ve been catching up on all the things I haven’t had time to do, as well as tidying, cleaning, sorting and editing.
It’s been a heck of a ride so far, and there’s still plenty of things to do.

Hi ho silver- time to crack on then!

 

DOCTOR WHO- FROM THE BEGINNING

SEASON 5, PART ONE- Tomb of the Cybermen-

Kicking off Season 5, it is a solo outing for the Tomb of the Cybermen, a story given semi-mythical status in the 80’s because of its influence on Cyber-tales like Earthshock and Attack of the Cybermen.

Then all four episodes were found in Hong Kong in 1991, a few years after the BBC cancelled the series and went to number 1 on the UK Video charts, oops. Bet Cregeen, Powell and Grade regretted that, talk about embarrassing.
Anyhoo, an Archaeological expedition to the planet Telos uncovers the tomb, along with The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria.
It’s a slow build up, but worth it, especially when the Cybermen break out of their cryo-uints (hey-spoilers- though you kind-of expect that from the title don’t you?!)
It’s a great story with chilling performances from the Cybermen and their Cyber-Controller.

Also great is Cybermen, a comprehensive look behind the scenes at the making of the stories. Starting with an overview of the science of cybernetics, then a fictitious history of the Cyber Race through the eyes of the ArcHivists and then how the stories were made and looking at merchandise, comics and a story by Gerry Davis called Genesis of the Cybermen.

That’s all for now, next time it’s Ice Warriors and Yeti!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tomb_of_the_Cybermen