At long last, our enjoyment of the Fourth Doctor era in our rewatch of “classic” Doctor Who stories comes to a close with the final story of the 18th season.
With more affection for Anthony Ainley than we can reasonably ‘master’, we collectively praise a well-told and well-executed long-game villain payoff.
An immensely detailed storyline is condensed into four episodes that confuse us as much as entertain…and in a few of our opinions, more so.
After a bit of friction between writer and script editor on the balance between gothic imagery and science, the story divides our team on what we find interesting, entertaining, or worth the time investment.
Romana realizes her time with the Doctor is nearing an end, and the divisive character Adric enters the picture in this fan-written Season 18 story.
With seemingly no end to the horrid cactus jokes, we poke at the second story of Season 18 and try to find its refreshing core.
It’s the dawn of both Season 18 and the John Nathan Turner era, and there are few things that we don’t see up-ended in the first story of ‘the new order’.
Never given the chance to film in its entirety in 1979, what was slated to be the penultimate story of Season 17 was left in production limbo until a team of animators, producers, and cast came together to complete and broadcast Douglas Adams’ final Doctor Who script in 2017.
Season 17 had its peaks and valleys, and it’s rather unfortunate that the final story to Douglas Adams’ tenure as story editor (as well as a number of other ‘final moments’) was squarely in the middle of the plains.
With an unusual foray into an intergalactic crime drama rather than a space mystery, Season 17’s fourth story installment leaves us a little unimpressed.