Our tin dog sounds a little off as we land on the jungle planet of Chloris in this Fourth and Romana story, but that’s not the only thing that feels odd.
With a bottle of wine, a chicken egg, a clenched fist, and a famous painting of a nonplussed Italian noblewoman, we head to Paris for what is undoubtedly our favorite classic era story. From the ‘we can’t believe it was written this quickly’ backstory, to the snappy and smart Douglas Adams dialogue, to the over-the-top but still delightful performances, we agree that the only thing we’d want to change about it is the duration. We’d want more.
With equal parts psychopathy and sarcasm, we drill into Season 17 with Terry Nation’s final story contribution to Doctor Who, and the full-time arrival of Lalla Ward as Romana.
Our good friend Drew from “Who and Company” joins us to finish assembly of the Key to Time, and wrap up the sixteenth season of Doctor Who.
Skewering the fifth segment of the Key to Time on a lance like seafood on a kebab, the Doctor and Romana find some very familiar struggles for power on a swamp moon.
Pointing a few hands’ worth of fingers at various impostors (both organic and cybernetic), the Doctor and Romana get waylaid by a problematic regency dispute while making off with the fourth piece of the Key to Time.
The Fourth Doctor and Romana get far more than they bargained for in the pursuit of the third segment of the Key to Time: namely, a court-ordered execution.
Riding air cars across a hollowed-out planet with a monumental secret, we find that despite being named by Douglas Adams, the place isn’t called Magrathea. (Shame.)
With rocks in our pockets, and a fool-proof plan to slip out undetected, we set down to enjoy the arrival of Romanadvoratrelundar in the Season 16 opening story.
Pitting our heroes against not one but two formidable adversaries, we look at the six-part coup d’êtat story that ends not only the 15th classic season, but a very important relationship as well. We discuss the unexpected nature of this “Agnew”-penned season closer, the ever-changing nature of the conflict that helps maintain interest through a six-part story, and the unusual performances of Baker and Jameson, given the timing of the production.