Classic Rewatch: The Brain of Morbius

Perhaps it was the lasting words of (not quite) philosopher Brian Johnson from the (not exactly) famed British think tank AC/DC, who quoted, “Who made who? / Who turned the screw?” The fact remains, there are moments where even the most exalted intellects have their thoughts and actions called into question, be it by their peers, themselves, or one claiming to be their greater. Perhaps if he were keeping an evil genius Time Lord’s spleen in a jar, and lived with that for a few decades instead of the maniacal brain, he might not have gotten into the mess he did. Guess that would have made for a pretty squicky dialogue exchange, however.

This week, Jeremy Radick calls in once again to join us for a lovely stroll through a dark and sinister laboratory, as “The Brain of Morbius” taunts us into action. We collectively adore the set design and visual tone, Jeremy holds the banner high for Philip Madoc (and rightfully so), and we take the briefest of seconds to wonder what Tom Baker would look like in a wrestling unitard. Go ahead. Let that image wash over you. We also find appreciation for “Daredevil” Sarah Jane, verify that the “five second rule” apparently doesn’t apply to brains, and that Condo and Mungo were likely separated at birth.

EXTRA: We pick Jeremy’s brain (sorry, couldn’t help it) about his opinions on what we know thus far about Series 11!

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Classic Rewatch: Pyramids of Mars

There’s always going to be a connection among ancient history, Egyptian mythology, and theories on alien intervention on the Planet Earth. It’s a concept that has been explored so deeply, from sci-fi to actual scientific research, you don’t have to be Giorgio Tsoukalos to be fascinated by the correlation and coincidences. If you offer us an exploration of this tenuous but nonetheless interesting thread between fact and fiction through a Whovian lens, well…you had us at ‘sarcophagus’.

This week, we dive wholeheartedly into this classic among classics, from the 13th season with Sarah Jane and the Fourth Doctor. We are the Sycophants of Sladen. SHE NEEDS NO OTHER. We get invested in the quality of the story, the continuity, the costumes, the new sides of Baker’s performance, and the supporting cast in particular. Even the special effects win us over in large part…with one tiny, insignificant exception. Oh, Sutekh. Keep the helmet on, bruh.

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Classic Rewatch: Terror of the Zygons

Terror of the Zygons

Dramatic storylines are great. Emotionally gripping, heart-wrenching, edge-of-your-seat tales have their value, sure. Comedic romps are a great pressure release when things are too much. But sometimes…

…sometimes, you just need a simple run-fast-and-flail-about adventure. With kilts. And tentacles. And cyber-monster milk. And pitchforks.

This week, we dive to the bottom of Loch Ness to begin Season 13, and meet the shapeshifting adversaries not to be seen again for 40 years. We try once again to determine if the decision to push this story past its original role as the Season 12 was a good one, praise the 1975 effects team for Zygon transition effects, and wonder just how many rubber cups were needed to build that spaceship interior, anyway. Haley wonders if the bullet that grazed Harry Sullivan should have pulled left just a bit, and Keir burns even more incense to his canonized Saint Benton.

EXTRA: A little preview of next week’s game, “Worst. TARDIS. Team. Ever.”

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Classic Rewatch: Revenge of the Cybermen

Revenge of the Cybermen

There seems to be a running trend in social media right now of voicing unpopular opinions as conversation starters. While we have no issues with this practice — it does, after all, spur some interesting discussions — it has an undertone at times that implies that what is about to be shared will be upsetting, inflammatory, or the seed of debate-turned-argument. We’re positive people, and try to find some quality and enjoyment in most of what we consume, so we tend not to drift into this sort of thing. That said: we had to put a little more work than usual in highlighting the great things about the Season 12 closing story.

We were ultimately able to, damned if we will be daunted, but just the same. It was work. Sort of like trying to do your job with a rather uncomfortable, distressing pack on your back, that if you attempt to remove it…oh, you get the idea.

This time around, we put Sarah Jane and Harry through some shoulder-gripping struggle, as they deal with a foe they were assured was eradicated in “Revenge of the Cybermen”. The cybernetic soldiers are back with a new look, new voice, and new agenda. Haley learns that the council of Voga don’t know anything about bad poetry, Keir does a little digging to find out why a certain famous seal keeps appearing, and Jay wonders how long it takes to wash gold dust off sweaty hands.

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Classic Rewatch: Genesis of the Daleks

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Typically, we’d use this moment to compose a little anecdote about the world around us, a little commentary on social behavior and interaction, and then tie it in somehow to a recurring theme or plot line from the classic Doctor Who story we’re currently revisiting.

Doing so, in this case, would rob us of the time we’d rather be enjoying one of Tom Baker’s most iconic performances, and a remarkably solid script from Terry Nation. (We know you had it in you, old chap.)

This week, we sit back and absorb all there is to one of the most frequently referenced, critically scrutinized, and impactful stories to emerge from the Classic Who library: season 12’s “Genesis of the Daleks”. Haley has to suspend her “all 6-episode stories should really be 4” theory, Keir wonders how great Bettan would have been as a companion, and they both still can’t fathom what Fantom Events is going to cut out of the story for the upcoming cinematic release. (Oh, and we learn that Harry Sullivan really can’t stand shellfish.)

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