Poisoned thorn gripped tightly in hand, and memory failing us ever so slightly, we lunge toward Xoanan in search of missing female character representation.
Back to Gallifrey without a companion, we watch the Fourth Doctor deal with his Time Lord kin in ways he couldn’t have anticipated…even if he *is* Prydonian. We all lament the complete lack of a single female actor in the story, but resoundingly appreciate the invaluable additions to a fuller understanding of Time Lord culture. (Or at least bureaucracy.)
With a wistful goodbye to a beloved companion, but a resounding approval for the story itself, we bask in the radiation to reconstitute a crystalline gem of a Fourth Doctor story.
Gazing into Season 14 like so many 15th century telescopes, we step back to a Baker and Sladen historical piece with a talented, if singularly gendered, supporting cast.
Strapping on our weed-killer backpacks, and exercising absolutely ZERO patience for thug henchmen, we plunge into the undergrowth of “The Seeds of Doom”, the closing story of Season 13.