We start our second century with a look at one of the… less well remembered stories of the Fourth Doctor’s era. Though it’s not without reason that it’s usually considered one of the weaker stories of the time, it does have some highlights, few and far between as they are.
The moment has come for the 100th episode of the Untempered Schism, we take a look at the last adventure of the Ninth Doctor. With Rose and Caption Jack by this side, he will brave reality TV, killer robots, Daleks and the consequences of his own actions.
The Eleventh Doctor is off on his own (even if Amy and Rory are still in the opening credits) and found himself getting mixed up in an adventure with Shops, Cybermen, babies and Craig Owens. Not that it makes all that much sense (Really, the Doctor working in a shop?) but we’ll just go with it for now.
They say that words have power, that’s no more true than when the Word Lord Nobody No-One is around. When he’s around nobody is safe, words becoming reality with just the slip of the tongue, so don’t say anything about no-one or else it will become the truth. To stop him, the Seventh Doctor needs an even more circuitous plan than usual, luckily he has Ace and Hex around to help (whether they like it or not).
Reality and Fiction (or maybe Fiction and Fiction) collide as the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find themselves stepping outside of the universe and into the Land of Fiction. A world populated with a number of fictional characters and one real writer, the TARDIS crew has to find a way out before they end up fictional themselves.
Varos is hardly the most hospitable place to visit, let alone when the Sixth Doctor and Peri need some Zeiton-7 ore to fix the TARDIS. Of course it’s not quite easy to get, more so as the whole place is a former prison planet and run in about the most insane way possible. For the Doctor that just means he needs to perform bit of regime change on the side, for Peri it means gaining a few feathers.
Though various machinations and complicated plotting the Eight Doctor and Charley have found themselves stuck in another universe and trying to find the TARDIS. This isn’t like our universe with no time, giant bug monsters and disembodied voices. Luckily C’rizz is there to help them, and join the crew.
Nobody likes being stuck in traffic and that includes the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones. Of course they aren’t there by choice, more because of a carjacking (which seem to work the other way around five billion years in the future). Not that a huge motorway filled with enough pollution to block out the sun will stop the Doctor, not where there are giant devolved crabs around.
Even as reality is contriving against us, the Untempered Schism presses on! Maybe a little battered and warn, but still quite good at what we do. In this case we are review The Happiness Patrol, a strange little story featuring way to much killer candy, less then subtitle political subtext and a number of bad jokes and puns. Might not be recommended for those who don’t like sweets.
The Untempered Schism are returning to the sadly short run of the Ninth Doctor as he, Rose and Jack take a side trip to Cardiff (along with Mickey). And while they do get a bit of a vacation, things turn hot when it turns out the Mayor is wearing a familiar face (easy to do when the face is part of a skin suit).
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