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Old 20-10-2019, 03:14 PM
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3 x 5 - Mission to the Unknown Recreation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW8y...ature=youtu.be

This is the 2019 remake of Mission to the Unknown by students at the University of Central Lancashire.
This was sanctioned by the BBC and made its debut on the Doctor Who Youtube channel on October 9 2019, exactly 54 years after the airing of the original episode in 1965 which sadly has since been wiped out hence this recreation.
Introduced by original Marc Cory actor Edward de Souza and Dalek voice Nick Briggs does Dalek duties here.
To make this recreation authentic this remake is presented in black and white just like the original episode.
Mission to the Unknown is notable for the absence of the Doctor of the day, in this case William Hartnell, although he is still credited in the end credits and is credited here also in the remake.
This is a superb remake with Marc Cory the hero of this episode and the menace that are the Vargas as well as the Daleks.
Haunting start with Garvey saying that he must killed as a result being infected by the Varga plant.
Fun reference to James Bond with Cory revealing that he is from the Space Secutiry Service leading to remark "Licence To Kill".
Horrifying Garvey's transformation into a Varga.
Very ominous the start of the Great Alliance led by the Daleks with Earth being their first target.
In hindsight it was obvious that Cory and Lowery wasn't going to survive through this as it was a very effective way to tie this in to The Daleks Master Plan.
Nevertheless Cory did make for a very good stand-in hero in absence of the Doctor.

Creepy message in the end credits that the Daleks will return.
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Old 20-10-2019, 05:12 PM
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Criss-Cross:

Criss-Cross is an audio story from Big Finish.

Written by Matt Fitton and released in September 2015.

Featuring the Sixth Doctor and introducing new companion Constance Clarke.

Constance is played by Miranda Raison.

First in a trilogy marking Constance as the new companion.

Miranda had done Big Finishes before and was in TV Doctor Who in Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks.

Although Criss-Cross was written as Constance's debut, listeners got to hear her first in The End of the Line, the first episode of The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure which was released just prior to Criss-Cross.

The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure including The End of the Line was mistakenly released earlier than intended and that it was intended to first introduce Constance in Criss-Cross.

Constance is a leading WREN at Bletchley Park in 1944 with World War II nearing its end and where the Doctor is there under his usual nom de plume Dr John Smith.

Criss-Cross refers to the code name of an agent as this story is an espionage story set during World War II and to add to this the alien menace known as Waveform.

A very impressive debut for Constance with an adventure including being in a submarine that sets her pathways in starting her eventual travels with the Doctor.
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Old 20-10-2019, 08:44 PM
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UNIT: Shutdown: The Battle of the Tower:
Penultimate episode of Shutdown.
Written by Andrew Smith.
The Tower is the Tower of London where UNIT is based at.
Dokan sure made his presence known when he asked a tour guide whether Richard III was ruler of the world.
Funny revelation about the Ravens.
Sir Peter Latcham sure proved the coward he is when he demanded that he leaves the Tower after it went into lockdown.
Very bold of Kate "inviting" Felicity Lyme to the Tower. Coincidentally I also listened to Alice Krige (Felicity Lyme) in the Tenth Doctor episode Death and the Queen.
Surprising when the submarine got revealed.
Quite useful when Kate told Osgood and Josh to remember their training.
A very good penultimate episode for Shutdown as it sets up what is to come in the finale Ice Station Alpha.
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Old 20-10-2019, 10:25 PM
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Doctor Puppet Commentary - Twelfth Doctor Mini Episodes:


www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3XVIkMeOa8
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Old 21-10-2019, 01:58 PM
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The Sinestran Kill:
The Sinestran Kill is the season 8 opener of The Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish.

Introducing Jane Slavin as new companion Ann Kelso, a policewoman that the Doctor meets in 1978.

Guest stars Frank Skinner and Glynis Barber.

Skinner was in the Twelfth Doctor TV episode Mummy on the Orient Express playing Perkins.

In The Sinestran Kill, he plays Chief Inspector Neilson and it is funny when the Doctor kept saying Inspector before being corrected by Neilson that it is Chief Inspector.

Barber had played Soolin in Blake's 7. In fact she is the last regular cast member of the Blake's 7 TV series to enter the Whoniverse when she was cast in The Sinestran Kill.

In The Sinestran Kill she played Kathy and her surname, whether it is by coincidence or design, is Blake!

Written by Andrew Smith. Smith is an ex-cop and he used this experience to good use here as the police led by Chief Inspector Neilson play a contributing part to the story.

The Sinestran Kill is a very good introductory story for Ann, a story that involved alien witness protection with the Sinestrans a very good menace of this story.

Interesting parts of this story included the Doctor preempted by Neilson in saying what UNIT stands for. This issue was addressed in UNIT's first NuWho story The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky.

The same TV story introduces the cordolaine signal and is incorporated into The Sinestran Kill.
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Old 23-10-2019, 11:57 AM
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The Auntie Matter:
The Auntie Matter is the opener of the second season of the Fourth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish.
Featuring Mary Tamm as Romana I in this her only season of the Fourth Doctor Adventures.
The reason why this was her only season is because sadly Tamm had died on July 26 2012 almost six months before the release of The Auntie Matter on January 14 2013.
All of Tamm's TV stories are the Key To Time stories and The Auntie Matter is her first story with Tom Baker that has nothing to do with the Key To Time.
Written by Jonathan Morris.
Guest stars includes Lucy Griffiths and Jane Slavin, the latter would later become Fourth Doctor companion Ann Kelso.
In The Auntie Matter, Slaven played a said aunt. Also playing an aunt is Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple).
The Auntie Matter is a very fun story dealing with body transference through the involvement of Reggie, the nephew of the said aunties.
What made this particular fun is that the Doctor and Romana are not together with the action of this adventure.
They both go through this adventure without knowing the involvement of the other until the end when it was all over.
The story is set in 1929 and it made for the right atmosphere for this story in its comedic presentation.
As well as the aunties, another menace is the android valet Grenville played very well by Alan Cox.
With the Doctor and Romana being separate for the bulk of this story, Lucy Griffiths is very good as the companion-like Mabel to the Doctor.


The Auntie Matter is a fun adventure for Tom Baker and Mary Tamm, their first in which they did not have the Key To Time to deal with.
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Old 24-10-2019, 07:45 PM
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The Making Of Mission to the Unknown remake:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbYq...3fBj36JBcIYsDU

Interesting account of how this remake came about and it was especially funny getting a Varga into the lift as the lift was its biggest weakness.

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Old 28-10-2019, 09:03 PM
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Gallifrey Chapter Twenty-One: Arbitration:
Arbitration is the finale of Gallifrey season 5.
Written by David Llewellyn.
The episode title referes to Leela abducting Lord Zakar for trial on the deliberate negligence of the deaths of slaves, slaves that he could have saved if he had sent a ship large enough to carry them.
Fascinating how all this played out with Romana using her diplomatic skills to convince her old friend Leela to release Zakar so that lives can be saved.
It was also fascinating along the way that Leela tells the story of the woman that she was named after and that of a family friend.
Zakar sure proved to be a despicable man and ultimately gets what is coming to him.
While Arbitration has been solidly told around Zakar, the show truly got stolen by the cliffhanger that it presents at the end, one I certainly did not feel coming.
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Old 28-10-2019, 11:51 PM
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The antepenultimate episode of Years and Years clearly has its writer Russell T. Davies making references to his Doctor Who episode Turn Left.
When Daniel and Viktor were in a house they say that they are sharing it with 16 other people.
This is the same kind of situation that Donna, Sylvia and Wilf were in, in the alternate world in the said Doctor Who episode.
More explicitly when Stephen was attending to a medical situation he said that his head was turning left!
Also in this episode Britain has adopted compulsory voting, and as stated here, just like in Australia.
This is not the first time that Davies has made reference to Australian politics.
In the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, The New World, there is a newsscroll that makes reference to the Australian Prime Minister.
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Old 30-10-2019, 12:57 PM
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Stephen Moore has passed away.

Born on December 11 1937, Moore appeared in Doctor Who in Cold Blood playing Eldane.
Before TV Doctor Who, Moore played Clark Goodman in The Eight Truths/Worldwide Web for Big Finish.

Before his Doctor Who work, Doctor Who fans knew him as the voice of the Marvin the Paranoid Android in the radio and TV versions of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
Also for Hitchhiker's he voiced Frankie Mouse.

His other work included The New Avengers.

He died on October 4 2019, just two months before his 82nd birthday.
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