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Heathrow, 1981?
The Fifth Doctor block on Twitch went by so fast, that it's kind of a slap into reality. I'd gone through Peter Davison's era before and bingeing it like this I forgot that he was only there three years and three seasons, and with the reduction of the number of stories per season from the 1970s, his time on the show appears quicker than it really was. 

That being said, with Twitch now onto the Sixth Doctor's era (which should probably conclude later this week, sadly), it's a bit of an anachronism having this picture Davison now. But, it was still a bit too good to sit on, with the lighting and posing being some of the best I've done in a while. 

It also burns me that Character Options, whom I've dinged in the past for decisions that make no sense, for not seeing fit to have any of Davison's regular companions (Adric, Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough) represented alongside him. Peri is a good concession, since the work they've done for Big Finish together has expanded on the gap in the two stories where they were an official team, but think of the Fifth Doctor and the above four names are what you usually associate him most with. That and celery, and being the Tenth Doctor's father-in-law perhaps. 
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It's The End...(Fourth Doctor, Season 18, 1980-81)
Friday (July 6, 2018) was the last day of the Fourth Doctor block on Twitch, thus bringing a close all over again to his era. Those stories broadcast from August 30, 1980 until March 21, 1981 were to be the final episodes of Tom Baker's historic seven season run, and as such are historically interesting, due to the influx of the "new" that had swept across the program on that eighteenth season. There was a new title sequence, replacing the classic time tunnel sequence that had been a staple since Jon Pertwee's final year all the way back in Season 11; a new variation of the theme tune, with Peter Howell replacing Delia Derbyshire's arrangement (although the famous arrangement used during Tom Baker's run had been running since mid-1966); a new producer, with John Nathan-Turner replacing Graham Williams, and as such having a firmer hand on what had by that point become a program that ran amok both in terms of production and its leading man; new script editors, new stories, new companions, it was all brand new and felt little like what came before, with the possible exception of Romana, continued to be played by Lalla Ward until Warrior's Gate when she departed the show, and K9, with John Leeson returning to the part after an absence who also departed in Warrior's Gate, as well as Executive Producer Barry Letts, who'd steered the beginning of Doctor Who's golden age in the Pertwee era and was brought back just for this lone season to help ease the load on the untested JNT.

But the most obvious main exception that certainly tied Season 18 down to the past WAS its leading man, who was the last bastion of the old days except for his costume. Tom Baker has said that perhaps he had stayed a little bit too long in the role. After all, the only other actor who'd been in the part just as long was his predecessor Pertwee. Both Hartnell and Troughton left after roughly three years and three seasons apiece (Hartnell technically did shoot the first couple stories that opened Season 4 before leaving, so he was there by technicality four seasons) and with not many re-broadcasts of past Doctors on television, particularly here in America, it was Baker's Fourth Doctor that was for all intents and purposes, the first Doctor that many came to know and not many others. But who could blame Baker for wanting to remain there, season after season, year after year? To be the anchor of a much beloved science-fiction program and the hero to millions and millions of children, especially after having endured a lonely, gloomy childhood as Baker did and suffering near success and much failure before Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks obliged and signed him on.

But it also has to be said that Tom Baker was not the easiest to get along with. It seems like sometime after Season 13, or perhaps during production on Season 14, things became a little strained between Baker and most of his co-stars. His infamous feud with Louise Jameson, who played Leela during Season 14 and 15, and his increasing ego in regards to having say over actors, writers, and directors had become out of control. Graham Williams, who'd replaced Hinchcliffe, didn't have the kind of temperament or creativity to find ways to accommodate Baker. That isn't to say he didn't try, as the Season 16 story arc for the Key to Time quest is an entertaining, if flawed, execution of the grand ideas Williams had, but also served as a preview of the incoming silliness that would surge through into Season 17, where it reached its apex. 

John Nathan-Turner was having none of that. If only because Baker had been signed on prior to JNT's ascendancy, he probably would not have had Baker in the eighteenth season. And it's also very likely that he didn't like how many concessions Williams gave to Baker (case in point, watch either The Horns of Nimon or the incomplete Shada, and then fire up The Leisure Hive next, and you'll see a completely different vibe incongruent with one another) and really, above all else, didn't care much for Baker's Fourth Doctor. It could be that Baker wasn't used to being told "No" that likely hampered his performance in a lot of the stories, or it may have been the behind the scenes havoc in his relationship with co-star Lalla Ward, or even it may have been his own ill health, giving his performance a lackluster, almost deathly mood. It's one that many critics say give the stories a kind of theme, with entropy and death becoming a constant presence in the stories. 

Had the stories themselves been up to par, this would've been an interesting direction to take the show, particularly for the Fourth Doctor who had delved into such darkness throughout the Hinchcliffe era of Seasons 12-14. As they are, the stories aren't bad, but very hamstrung by some pretty sub-part effects, and certainly not helped by Tom Baker's lethargy throughout. He seems to come alive especially in State of Decay, perhaps because it was from a script by Terrance Dicks and felt like the old days, and is on point in Keeper of Traken. But when getting to Logopolis, things start to feel, well...not right. For his finale, sure, the Fourth Doctor, the "Hero Doctor" goes out saving the universe just as he did time and time again.
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Don't turn around, Leela...
Back when I did my "Forty of the Fourth" series, I lamented there were some things I couldn't do just because I didn't have the means to do them. While I did photograph something at the time for The Robots of Death, it didn't have the kind of oomph that would have been achieved had it been a fully fleshed out scene, I feel. Well, thanks to the Doctor Who Twitch stream, I did feel like I finally had a good idea, a good enough one to revisit what was, in actuality, a pretty good original image.
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The Invasion
Season 6 is one of my favorite seasons of Doctor Who, even though from most accounts it was extremely rough for everyone around: some lackluster stories ("The Dominators" has been famously disowned by writers Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, who are instead credited on the final product as "Norman Ashby"), budget problems, and the punishing schedule at the time led to the impending decision from everyone in the regular cast (Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, and Wendy Padbury) on down to the production staff (Peter Bryant, succeeded partway through the season by Derrick Sherwin who would stay on through Jon Pertwee's first story before he himself handed the reins off to Barry Letts, who'd cut his teeth on the show before directing the regular cast in Season 5's "The Enemy of the World") to leave the program by season's end, the first time in the show's history that the end of the season seeing everyone involved leave. There were, however, some highlights to be had, as the season saw the earliest contributions of future script editors Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes, along with, whether one sees it as a good thing, the introduction of future producer John Nathan-Turner to the Doctor Who universe, here as a lowly floor assistant on his way to ascendancy. And, despite their unpopularity during the production of the television program at that time, the Quarks from "The Dominators" went on to enjoy a second life in the Doctor Who strip in TV Comic, menacing the Second Doctor in a way that filled the role previously played by the Trods, the Kleptons, and the Daleks before them.

But one of the most important things to be said about the season was that it acts as a precursor to what was to come by January 1970, namely the change in format that would help lengthen the series' life in the same way the transition from William Hartnell to Troughton had been. This is because the epic 8-part story "The Invasion" is often pointed at as one of the highlights of the season, and one that pretty much acts as the defacto "pilot" episode to everything in the Third Doctor era. Here, you have UNIT making their first proper appearance, along with the return of Lethbridge-Stewart, promoted from the rank of colonel to the much more familiar brigadier, and, above all else, it was set in modern day earth in one location. I don't know if this did help keep costs down but you can kind of tell, while watching the story, that everyone involved is firing on all cylinders and clearly love the material handed to them. Some may say Troughton was better in other stories but I think this is the one that really gets into the heart of his portrayal as the Doctor, and closeness that exists between himself and Jamie (Zoe disappears for a bit between episodes, the reason being Wendy Padbury was on holiday) doing much of the action hero lifting is a sight to behold, really dialing in that double act of theirs that, all these later and watching the comments on the Twitch livestream for the Second Doctor block, the new fans fall in love with this Doctor/Companion combo as much as old fans did.

Despite being advertised quite heavily, the irony is that "The Invasion" really doesn't focus a whole lot on the Cybermen. Their involvement comes extremely late; not really as an afterthought, but they are kept enough in the shadows that writers Derrick Sherwin and Kit Pedler need to be congratulated on keeping the mystery rolling enough. And there in lies the great benefit of the story, as it's Kevin Stoney's really slithery villain Tobias Vaughn that steals the scene from the moment he appears on up to the end where the Doctor tries to appeal to whatever sense of humanity he has left in him. Later 1970s humanoid villains wouldn't nearly be as oily as Vaughn, in my opinion (the Master, of course, sits in a category all his own) and some of them wouldn't be as nearly a match on an intellectual scale for the Doctor as Vaughn was. So much so, that he was later resurrected in the novels, facing off against the Seventh Doctor in "Original Sin". However, once it is revealed that the Cybermen are the monsters served up this story, all hell breaks loose with one of the most iconic images of them marching down the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral is one that has been revisited a couple times since. The story is a swan song in a way to the Cybermen in the 60s, as they wouldn't be nearly as good again. Sure, I enjoy their later appearances just as much, but in terms of that horror and science fiction mashup that Kit Pedler envisioned them, something was lost that most writers, sadly, wouldn't quite get.

I was disappointed that Twitch once again had to skip a seminal story due to BBC's lack of foresight regarding Doctor Who. Because of this, two episodes from this story remain missing from the archives, having long been reconstructed using animation (I believe this story had the best animated reconstruction of any other, but that's just my opinion). While I can appreciate the reticence from BBC to overload Twitch with stories that are officially half-complete for the most part, and I'll never begrudge including "The Web of Fear" as the only one to have tele recons (because that story is very important, and still retains a whiff of relief to have back five years later, even if it is missing one episode itself), but I think for "The Tenth Planet" and especially "The Invasion" things could've been extenuated because those aren't garden variety half-complete stories, they're mostly 75-80% percent there and could have extended the rights to the animation studios for use in the Twitch streams so fans could see these grand stories. With the loss of "The Tenth Planet" from the lineup, new fans do miss seeing Hartnell's bow, but especially with "The Invasion" the loss felt is that they won't see the building blocks for the Pertwee era that they have so clearly enjoyed.
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This old body of mine...is wearing a bit thin...
When one talks about the missing episodes of Doctor Who, they usually have to be separated into three distinct categories: the first is the "partly missing", and those are the serials with one or two missing episodes, and still the ones that are, more or less, 75% there. This is the fate that befell such serials as "The Crusade," "The Web of Fear", "The Invasion", and "The Ice Warriors". However, with that number it usually benefits the stories with six or more parts and can usually be helped along with the animated reconstructions and released as standalone DVD's (though in the case of "The Crusade", with half of its episodes remaining, this has yet to happen, I imagine due to most of the historical serials not being as overtly popular as the sci-fi/horror based ones). The second category is the "mostly missing", and this is the one that proves the most frustrating for completionism. "The Daleks Masterplan" is one such notable case, with only three of this twelve episode epic still remaining. The rather excellent, "The Evil of the Daleks" is another, with only one of its seven episodes still existing in the archives. "Galaxy 4", "The Moonbase", and "The Abominable Snowmen" are other such serials with only a couple orphaned episodes remaining. These gaps are problematic whenever one wants to sit down and marathon Doctor Who from the beginning: while it wasn't quite as apparent at the start, the further one goes into the 1960s era, the more these gaps can get quite annoying, and as such that leaves the viewers scratching their heads in regards to the fates of companions such as Vicki, Steven, Katarina, Ben, Polly, and Victoria (each of whom have stories either half-complete or no longer existing in the archives) or even the fate of the Doctor himself.

So when Twitch started its Doctor Who stream, there were a couple of noticeable omissions from the lineup, and they are mostly from the 1960s. To be fair, those omissions aren't as glaring when one realizes that their existence is, at best, tenuous. They certainly couldn't stream a story like "The Power of the Daleks", which is wholly reliant on an animated reconstruction, for fans to get a flavor of the serial? Twitch must have realized this, as two stories that were shown from Season 5 "The Web of Fear" and "The Ice Warriors", appear to rely on BBC official recons using telesnaps and the like to fill in the missing episodes. However, one glaring one that can't quite be explained is the complete and total absence of Season 4's "The Tenth Planet", notably the first story to feature the Cybermen, the first regeneration, but above all should be remembered for the simple fact that it was the final regular story to feature William Hartnell as the First Doctor. Episode 4 concludes a nearly three year run for the actor, who had seen the show become a household name and established many of the ticks and tricks that would be seen in his successors, each of whom used bits and pieces from Hartnell's portrayal. His run was most notable for seeing the introduction of the Daleks, but along the way, as the Twitch stream revealed, he had his own arc from the distrustful, gruff old man to the kindly grandfather-type that regretted seeing such companions as Susan, Vicki, Ian, and Barbara leave him. But the behind the scenes on it, of a Hartnell so ill that he does not even appear in Episode 3, and a Hartnell who had grown so difficult that John Wiles and his successor Innes Lloyd considered replacing Hartnell at various points in 1965 and early 1966, before the idea of regeneration and making the Doctor a whole different actor with a different personality was even mooted. 

I like to think it wasn't a choice made without some heart behind it. As difficult as William Hartnell had likely gotten by that point (not to mention the stories coming out from surviving cast and crew about him) replacing him was not the easiest route to take. Despite a downturn in viewers during Season 3, Hartnell's Doctor was a huge seller to the overseas market, which is why a higher number of Hartnell stories survive than Troughton's. Removing him was a huge risk, and one not taken lightly even if he was becoming a problem. As well, Hartnell himself likely wasn't ready to go. As other actors have opined, it can be quite easy to trick yourself into staying in the part forever. And as much of a stink Hartnell put on about being cast in the beginning, over time he'd grown to love it and become protective of it (other more positive stories center around him knowing what each button on the TARDIS console actually did). But with time itself, and his declining health, it was become all the more apparent that forever was not an option for Hartnell. He had his good days when working proved enjoyable (listen to "The Smugglers", a nice romp with Hartnell in top form) and then he had his bad ones (visually he seems much frailer in "The Gunfighters", as Steven takes on a larger role in the story than previous) and even if he hadn't been forced to leave as he was, it's very likely he may have left on his accord when he couldn't keep up with the punishing filming schedule the show endured in the 1960s.

As such, "The Tenth Planet" was cut from the Twitch lineup for no real reason, other than it likely was they didn't have the clearance to use the animated recon that was done for the missing Episode 4 ("The Web of Fear" used telesnap recons, likely because BBC already had it on hand, whereas "The Ice Warriors" used the previous animated recon from the DVD release, further muddying the reason why "The Tenth Planet" was cut) but even that makes no sense. One could make a case that it was Twitch didn't want to have too many animated reconstructions on their lineup, and I can agree with that, but when comparing "The Tenth Planet" to "The Ice Warriors", my vote will go towards "The Tenth Planet" and its historical importance each and every time, particularly since "The Seeds of Death" is far and a way a more superior Ice Warriors story than their debut, and I would never say "The Web of Fear" should not be seen, because it is a fantastic story that I'm glad to have recovered. 

So what's all that exposition got to do with the picture above? Episode 4 is one of the BBC's most sought after Doctor Who episodes, mostly because it is Hartnell's final appearance. It's great to have the final few moments showing the regeneration, but this lack of foresight on the BBC's part robbed fans some fifty-two years later of watching Hartnell bow out gracefully on Twitch, with his final appearance during the live stream being "The War Machines", a decent enough story with an okay Hartnell but not the farewell he needed to say to the new fans who'd fallen in love with him in the same way audiences did from November 23, 1963 until October 29, 1966. 
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Journal Entry: Fri Mar 11, 2016, 10:36 PM


I've been pulling down 15 hour days at my job currently, which has taken me out of the still life game for a minute. Sucks, but one has to make that money somehow.

Til then, I hope all my friends and watchers have been good and stay that way!

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Thank you so much for the 12th Doctor favs!  :D
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