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The Three Doctors
There's a bit of irony in that 1985's multi-Doctor story "The Two Doctors" was the first time that any multi-Doctor story lived up to its number of involved Doctors. 1983's "The Five Doctors" famously only featured three Doctors portrayed by their original actors onscreen (William Hartnell having died in 1975, with charactor actor Richard Hurndall standing in as the First Doctor in the story; Tom Baker bowed out at the last minute to be replaced by extracted footage from the aborted "Shada" and a wax dummy for publicity images), and then every other multi-Doctor story after this one dropped the numbering and went with a standard, standalaone title.

1972-73's anniversary serial "The Three Doctors" started this: Hartnell, in the last stages of his ill health, wasn't able to participate to a large degree of filming. As such, much of his action as the First Doctor is relegated to appearing on a viewscreen to give advice to his successors and appearing in various publicity photos. This probably benefited Patrick Troughton, as the loss of Hartnell meant that a lot of the action got shifted to him, and it really shows that Troughton hadn't missed a single beat since leaving the program. There's an anecdote that Pertwee, who later beame very close with Troughton in later years, was terrified however of Troughton's talents and ability to improvise and ad-lib on the set, which irritated the incumbent Doctor. The end result does show a fantastic interplay between the two actors, that it's such a shame Troughton passed away in 1987; it's fair to say that they might have made fan productions together showcasing the adventures of their two incarnations.

The serial itself though? It's a nice little romp. Reuniting the members of UNIT with Troughton (oh the sheer joy of Benton when he sees "his" Doctor again) as well as Jo's wordplay with the Second Doctor explaining how he and his successor are the same Time Lord (throwing in a bit of Beatles-speak to boot...when you watch a lot of Doctor Who, it becomes pretty apparent that there were a LOT of references to the Beatles even as far back as the earliest stories in the 1960s), along with the Third Doctor doing his usual action man, science stuff, with Pertwee getting in a lot of his calm and calculating assurances that were so intrinstic to his incarnation. It's a nice bonus that, with this serial, for all intents and purposes it was the most complete appearance of Patrick Troughton as the Doctor in the BBC Archives (I believe "The Dominators" has that distinction, although two different film recordings exist for it) until the retrieval of other long-lost episodes from the archives. along with it being his first in glorious technicolor.

Pertwee himself is wonderful as always. I honestly don't think there was a terrible performance from him as the Doctor in this period. Some dud stories, yeah...each Doctor has a few misses alongside hits. But Pertwee's acting wasn't by the numbers, he always found new ways to mine the depths of his Doctor. Patriarchal and anarchic, yet at the same time willing to respect authority...as long as that respect was returned  (which is one reason why he wasn't above blasting the Brigadier and others for being too militaristic minded, but did chastise Jo for not showing the Brig the proper respect due his rank). And what there is of Hartnell is a nice reminder of why the First Doctor was beloved to those 1st generation fans. There's still a bit of magic to him, some whimsy. I don't know how hard it was for Hartnell to find the character again after so many years away, but he slips into it quite effortlessly enough...even though he had to read his lines from cue cards, I've heard.

Today, the story is harmless and inoffensive, and isn't really the most impressive of Doctor Who tales. Still a good one, in my opinion, and quite important for two reasons: the soft "reboot" it offered, and the introduction of the Time Lord Omega. That soft "reboot" is kind of a loose term since nothing really changed, except that at the story's conclusion the Doctor sees his multi-season exile on Earth lifted and his knowledge of time travel restored to him. From this point in Season 10 onward, the Doctor would be traveling far and wide across time and space. This meant that his ties to Earth were slowly falling away, even though the Doctor returned to his home at UNIT by the story's end, and as such UNIT ties began appearing far less often as Season 10 went on into Season 11, disappearing completely by the time Tom Baker took over the reins from Pertwee. 

With Omega, we have the first building blocks of Time Lord politics and history shoved to the front. I often find it amazing that the writers would find new and interesting ways of creating that mythos, which would have culminated in Marc Platt's "Lungbarrow" if that had been filmed as part of Season 27. Omega's big reveal at the end may come across as a hokey effect but it's one that resonates and really nails the science fiction aspect so inherent to the Pertwee era stories (per a conversation, I always felt that Pertwee was the perfect foil for science fiction stories than many of his successors and even his predecessors. He was really into technology and automobiles, as seen in his love of gadgets used on the show). There's almost a dark aspect to Omega that I think was mined whenever he appeared, as he and the Doctor both have strong wills, and perhaps one reason the Doctor found himself bent on stopping the mad Time Lord was recognizing, just like with the Master, how easy it is to fall into that trap of darkness.

I loved the work I put into this one. I went a bit further with Omega's anti-matter universe, by using a glittering background to show how it's in flux. And while I wish I had the Thirteen Doctors Third Doctor in his actual red coat from the episode (hard to get ahold of), I like the placeholder of the Third Doctor as he appeared in Death To The Daleks since it's the only one I have with him in the bowtie he started wearing from this serial forward. 
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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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Work...

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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