Doctor Who Part 20-The Big Bad Wolf

In the next adventure, the Doctor brings Rose and Adam to the future Earth-orbiting space station Satellite Five, a news tower. However, the Doctor soon figures out that it appears that Satellite Five is controlling information-editing it and feeding it to the population to suit the interests of an alien being. While the Doctor and Rose try to unravel the mystery behind the station, Adam wonders off and gets himself surgically altered to absorb the future information and news, hoping to exploit it in the present day. The Doctor and Rose, after defeating the alien force controlling Satellite Five (Or so they think)-stop Adam, and kick him off the TARDIS for his unethical behavior.

 

The next adventure has the Doctor take Rose back to her past, to witness the father she never knew, who died in a car accident. However, Rose decides to stop the car accident from happening, creating a paradox, causing these strange, winged monsters called the “Reavers” to attempt to consume everything.

After bonding a bit with her father-Pete, Pete decides the only way to unravel the paradox is to have history unfold the way it did originally. He gets hit by the car again, restoring history to it’s present course, but at least this time he got to know his adult daughter before he dies.

 

Next we meet one of the most important characters in “New Who”-Captain Jack Harkness.

A device has crashed in World War London, during the blitz. It’s changing local people-including a small child-into strange zombies wearing gas masks. Turns out it’s a plan gone wrong, by time traveller-and con man-Captain Jack Harkness, who unfortunately let some medical nanomachines get out of control.

Jack and Rose-but not Dicaprio and Winslet.

Jack flirts with everyone-and everything, and a bit mercenary, but at heart he’s a good man, and agrees to help the Doctor and Rose figure out the mystery of these creatures, along with the help of a local girl (The young mother of the child-who was the “patient zero” of the Nanomachine virus turning people into these zombies). The Doctor is able to cure the infected people with Jack’s help, proudly proclaiming “Everybody lives!”

Despite Jack’s involvement in creating the mess, and his flirting with Rose (and him), the Doctor decides to invite Jack as a companion on the TARDIS.

Next, we return to the present, where the Doctor is recharging the TARDIS using the riff in Cardiff, from the Charles Dickens adventure earlier in the season. They also meet up with Rose’s ex-boyfriend Mickey, who is still bitter about losing Rose to the Doctor (and isn’t too pleased with Jack either). However, it soon turns out the last remaining Slitheen is causing trouble, although the Doctor is able to stop her by reverting her back into an egg using the TARDIS’s “heart”.

The next adventure wraps up the season. The Doctor, unexpectedly finds himself back on Satellite Five, which now for some reason hosts a variety of game and reality shows, such as futuristic versions of The Weakest Link and Big Brother. The Doctor also is noticing more and more how the words “Bad Wolf” have been following him on his adventures, appearing seemingly randomly as graffiti, callsigns, conversations etc.

“You are the weakest link. Goodbye!”.

Turns out that satellite Five is being used to filter out humanity, by an unknown alien race, also responsible for the mess years earlier. Rose is apparently killed, but in actuality, is actually transported to an alien starship.

The Doctor is able to figure out where the alien signals are originating from. An alien fleet…but not just any fleet. The saucers are familiar to the Doctor…

 

 

Daleks. Thousands of them-and they’ve got Rose. The Doctor, despite threats from the Daleks, is defiant-and vows to rescue her.

The Doctor, along with Jack, quickly board the Dalek flagship and save Rose. They also discover the reason the Daleks have survived yet again-The Dalek Emperor-a massive Dalek-survived the Time War, and has been mutating humans into Daleks using satellite Five, rebuilding the Dalek race from scratch. He’s also gone a bit nuts, thinking he’s a god.

The Doctor and his companions escape back to Satellite Five, trying to formulate a plan to defeat the Daleks. The Doctor sends Rose and the TARDIS back to Earth, sending her out of harm’s way. The Doctor builds a weapon, but unfortunately with the same consequence as the Time War-it’ll destroy the Daleks, but also kill humans as well.

Rose, in the present-and noticing the “Bad Wolf” stuff now showing up even more than before-heads to the TARDIS to open up the console, causing the TARDIS to return to the future, but also filling her with Time vortex energy. In the meantime, the battle against the Daleks on Satellite Five goes poorly, with pretty much everyone dying-including Jack.

The Doctor is about to get exterminated himself, when unexpectedly, Rose shows up with the TARDIS-and god-like powers. As the “Bad Wolf” she’s been able to use her new powers to create all the Bad Wolf signs around the ages, as a beacon to bring her to this point. She also wipes out the Dalek fleet entirely, and brings Jack back to life (Which will have major consequences down the line).

 

 

However, all that power is killing her. The Doctor kisses her, siphoning all the energy into himself.

 

Of course that’s not healthy for the Doctor either. He brings her back into the TARDIS, unfortunately leaving the revived Jack behind.

The Doctor is once again regenerating, due to the energy from the time vortex he got from Rose killing his own cells. After giving a farewell to Rose in his current incarnation, he once again changes (Although the time, standing up)

Into a younger looking male, with a slimmer physique, fuller head of messy hair, and a wicked smile…

 

The Tenth Doctor has arrived, and it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literary Bond III-Moonraker (or how one novel became three separate Bond films)

Moonraker’s kind of interesting. Like Live And Let Die, although the basic idea inspired the movie that shares it’s namesake-the 1979 film starring Roger Moore-several other elements of the novel wouldn’t be used until later on-notably in Pierce Brosnan’s “Goldeneye” and “Die Another Day”.

The novel mainly deals with Bond investigating a rich socialite, Hugo Drax, who is working on Britain’s nuclear missile program, the Moonraker. In the movie, this is turned to space shuttles, and a giant (and hidden) orbiting space station where Drax hopes to re-start civilization by poisoning Earth. The film version largely borrows the plot from the previous film “The Spy Who Loved Me”, with a rich industrialist trying to re-start civilization in a twisted fashion (and also with the help of steel-toothed henchman Jaws). “Spy” also adapted many elements from the earlier Connery movie, “You Only Live Twice”. All three films have the same director, Lewis Gilbert.

 

 

Unlike it’s movie adaptation-which goes from California, to Venice, to Rio, the Amazon, and then finally to orbital outer space(!);and the previous novel, Live and Let Die, “Moonraker” largely remains in Britain. The action starts at the London Blades social club, where Bond discovers Drax is cheating at gambling.

 

 

Although Bond discovers various gambling deceptions in many of the later novels and books, an actual confrontation at Blades isn’t actually seen until the final Pierce Brosnan movie, Die Another Day, at that isn’t really about cards, but diamonds-that Bond suspects that bad guy , mysterious British diamond tycoon Gustav Graves has been using African conflict diamonds as his own stock (In the movie it leads to a sword fight, one of the better parts of the much-maligned film).

In both Moonraker and Die Another Day, Bond befriends a woman working as Drax/Grave’s assistant, but is actually an undercover British spy (This also inspired the character Holly in the Moonraker film as well). In the novel, her name is Gala Brand (A name not yet used for a film Bond girl). Both (mostly) resist Bond’s advances as well. However, in Die Another Day, the British agent-in this case, Miranda Frost-turns out to have been working for Graves all along as a triple agent, whereas Brand’s loyalties remain with MI6.

Drax’s-whose droll movie version isn’t really much like that in the novel-evil plan in the book involves using one of his missiles on London-and also buying London stocks, somewhat similar to Alec Trevayan’s plan to mess around with London finances prior to using the Goldenye over it in that film. Drax and Trevalyn’s plans are largely motivated by revenge for past injustices, both also stemming from World War II.

 

 

Bond: A worldwide financial meltdown… and all so mad little Alec can settle a score with the world 50 years on.

Here’s also another similarity between Drax and Graves-neither are who they say they are. Drax is in fact a former Nazi, Graf Hugo Von Der Drafe  injured, disfigured, and left for dead, and was able to establish a new identity as Hugo Drax while working on his revenge. Drax, Trevalyn, and Graves likewise come back from the dead in new identities (Although Alec mainly sticks to the shadows as criminal mastermind “Janus” at least at first), although with Graves-especially since he had a prior confrontation with Bond as Colonel Moon in the film’s opening teaser action sequence. Drax’s final defeat in the book is when his own nuke is turned against his own submarine, similar to how Bond foiled Stromberg’s plan in The Spy Who Loved Me film.

It’s worth also noting that while both “Moonraker” and “Die Another Day” were big hits financially, critically they took quite a lot of criticism from moving away from the espionage roots of Bond by incorporating far too much science-fiction goofiness into the series. The next films would largely go back to basics-1981’s “For Your Eyes Only” (Which would also draw from several Fleming works, mainly his short story collection) and 2006’s “Casino Royale” (Which would be based on the original Bond novel, and covered in an earlier article).

 

 

 

 

Literary Bond III-Live And Let Die

 

 

 

 

Returning to the Bond novel and film comparisons, let’s take a look at “Live and Let Die”. The second Bond novel, it was actually the Eighth Bond movie, and Roger Moore’s first. In addition to some cosmetic changes, due to it’s placement in the film timeline other changes had to be made mainly dealing with the supporting characters of Felix Leiter (Bond CIA’s ally) and Quarrel, and some of the ‘leftover’ segments were incorporated into later Bond films.

The second James Bond novel, Live and Let Die, has Bond travelling to New York, Florida and Jamaica to uncover a network of gold coins from Henry Morgan’s cache being used by gang leader “Mr. Big” to finance SMERSH operations in America, and also uses voodoo to intimidate his henchmen and enemies. The film still starts in New York, although in this case Bond is investigating the deaths of several British agents who were looking into the activities of Mr. Big, and we’re also introduced to the mysterious Kananga, who runs an island in the Carribean (In the film, it’s revealed that Kananga is actually Mr. Big. The name actually comes from a local crocodile farmer the name used.) Big/Kananga’s voodoo connection is also made into a separate character, the mysterious Baron Samedi. Instead of gold, Kananga is smuggling drugs using his dual identities and the fear of Samedi.

 

In the book, the action then shifts to St. Petersburg Florida, where Bond is joined by Felix. In the film, Felix is already in the New York segment. The film uses New Orleans as a substitute (Although Bond starts on Kananga’s island, where he later returns), where Bond gets into some campy weirdness with the local police while evading Kananga’s henchmen The Florida chapter is instead, largely used in the later Bond film “License to Kill”. In both cases, Felix is captured and maimed by a shark, barely surviving (License to Kill also has Leiter’s new bride killed, a pain Bond himself knows only too well).

The final chapters of the book take place in Jamacia, where Bond is allied with fellow British agent Strangways and local fisherman Quarrel, the latter of which will join him in “Dr.No” (The book) which in some ways is a sequel to “Live”. However, as “Dr.No” was the first Bond novel adapted, and Strangways and Quarrel died in that film (and novel), Strangway’s role is largely replaced by Felix, and Quarrel is replaced by his son, Quarrel Jr.

Finally in the finale, Bond-about to be fed to sharks in the film (Perhaps inspired by what happened to Felix in the book), defeats Kananga by using one of his gadgets-an air pressure bullet that basically turns Kananga in to a human balloon-in one of the goofiest villain deaths in the series. Novel-wise though, the final confrontation has Bond and the “Bond girl” Solitaire (Who has a less supernatural aura in the novel) dragged behind a boat in an attempt to drown or cut them on the coral. The scene was instead adapted in the later Roger Moore film, For Your Eyes Only. Kananga then dies in a somewhat less goofy way.

 

Not the best pic of the scene, but it’s all I could really find.

 

 

 

Doctor Who Part 19-He’s back, and it’s about time!

In the early 21st century, the BBC started to bring back Doctor Who. Accepting the pitch of television producer Russel T. Davies, the new show began production in 2003. This time, things would be a bit different. The original show’s half-hour, multi-episode serial format was changed to 45-minute episodes (although there would be an ocassional two-parter). The seasons would also often revolve around a story arc… (In this case, “Bad Wolf”- a phrase repeated in several episodes)and the Doctor’s universe has changed dramatically and so has he, although not just because he’s regenerated again.

The Doctor this time meets Rose Tyler, a teen girl who finds herself in the middle of an Auton invasion. The Autons are invading Earth this time because their primary food source has been destroyed in a vague war. The new Doctor has somewhat more of a ‘tough guy’, occasionally rude macho persona, but he’s actually far more vulnerable than he appears. He’s been through some tough stuff, and his emotions cross between extreme anger and extreme sadness when confronted with injustice. Rose might be just a shopgirl at first glance, but she’s actually somewhat more intelligent and resourceful than she seems at first, although sometimes her emotions get the best of her.

After saving Rose-and having Rose save him-as well as her slightly shallow mother Jackie and cowardly boyfriend Mickey-the Doctor offers Rose a trip as a companion. Their first time-travel adventure takes them to the year 5 billion, where the natural end of Earth is being watched by a group of spectators, including “the last human” Cassandra, who has had so much plastic surgery to prolong her life that she’s basically just eyes, mouth and skin.

 

Rose of course experiences some culture shock, especially since this group of creatures consider songs such as “Tainted Love” and Britney Spear’s “Toxic” to be musical classics. Cassandra however tries to sabotage the event, almost killing all the guests. The Doctor is able to save most of them (but not all, including a tree-evolved woman the Doctor befriends), and the Earth is destroyed during the adventure. The Doctor and Rose are somewhat saddened that the planet passed away while nobody was really looking, but the Doctor cheers her up somewhat by taking her back to his time. He also elaborates on who he is, and what’s happened to him.

Gallifrey is gone-destroyed in a “Time War” with another race (and several other races, including the Autons, caught in the crossfire). The Doctor is now the last of the Time Lords-there’s no one else, just him. Although he never really got along with his own people, he’s still profoundly sad that he’s the only one left.

The next adventure takes them to 1890’s London during Christmas, where they meet Charles Dickens, and discover gas aliens are reanimating corpses using a rift caused by the time war. Although initially the alien’s intentions appear benign, they’re actually bent on invasion, and with the help of Dickens, the Doctor is able to stop them. Although the rift is still there, and will play a bigger role in stories and spin offs to come.

 

The next story also deals with gas, of a different kind though-as we meet the Slitheen.

 

 

The Doctor attempts to return Rose home to visit her mother. It’s presumed she’s only been gone a day, but due to the TARDIS being unreliable, she’s actually been gone a year.

Jackie and Mickey are NOT happy.

 

Jackie has reported Rose missing, Mickey was suspected of kidnapping or murdering her. The Ninth Doctor is of course embarrassed by this whole mess, and not too happy to get in the middle of a family squabble. Of course this all has to wait, as a group of aliens-the Slitheen-are messing around.

 

These kind of disgusting aliens aren’t really invading, but want to mess around with Earth to destroy it and make some money on the side, as they’re fairly mercenary. They’ve disguised themselves in human ‘suits’ (Although their farts give them away) as prominent higher-ups in the British ministry and army, in order to create a mass deception (and get rid of a few troublemakers). The Doctor is able to to uncover their plot, with the help of Rose, Jackie, Mickey and politician Harriet Jones, who after the dust has settled, becomes the new prime minister of Britain. The Doctor is able to form a truce with Jackie and Mickey of sorts, and their next adventure takes them to 2012-and the next revelation of the time war.

In 2012 Utah, spoiled rich guy Henry Van Stratten has been collecting alien artifacts in an underground museum. Slitheen arms, Cybermen heads etc….he’s got one living specimen that he calls the “Metaltron”. The Doctor, captured by Stratten’s security when the TARDIS arrives, is curious about this living creature. He’s brought to it’s cage. The creature is initially despondent-until the Doctor tells him “I’m the Doctor”.

Which gets one heck of a reaction.

 

It’s a Dalek-and the Doctor is horrified as the creature tries to exterminate him. However, it can’t-it’s chained up, and it’s gun arm is broken and useless. The Doctor uses this opportunity to gloat, and reveals that the Time War was against the Daleks, and that to end the war, he had to destroy both races (how and why isn’t elaborated on until later though). Not only is he the last the time lord, this Dalek is the last one too.

The Doctor tries to kill the Dalek by electrocuting it, showing a sadistic side in revenge for the Time War. However, Stratten stops him. Meanwhile, Rose-mostly unaware of this happening as she’s been hanging out with Van Strattan’s assistant, Adam. She visits the Dalek herself. The Dalek attempts to earn her sympathy (Rose is unaware of the Daleks at this stage.) It works, she puts her hand on it’s casing. The Dalek however, uses her DNA-infused with time-travelling radiation from her adventures with the Doctor-to rebuild and reactive itself, quickly regaining it’s full power and escaping.

The Dalek is now loose on the base, and makes short work of Stratten’s security staff. It intends to escape and rejoin the other Daleks, although it soon learns the Doctor is telling the truth, and all the other Daleks are indeed dead. It also starts to somewhat change emotionally, due to Rose’s DNA starting to mess with it’s Dalek DNA, a big no-no for a Dalek, even showing mercy at times.

The Doctor-desperate to stop the Dalek-if it gets loose it could cause havoc on the surface-is about to shoot the Dalek, but the Dalek saves him the trouble. Due to meeting Rose, it’s experienced unexpected emotions-fine for most things, but not of course for the “pure” Daleks. Opening it’s shell for one last time to reveal the inner mutant and look at the sun, it then activates it’s self destruct mechanism.

Van Stratten, due to his selfish nature getting his men killed, is deposed and has his memory wiped. The Doctor and Rose accept Adam as a companion-on probation.

But things are going to get more complex and complicated, as we meet Jack, and the “Bad Wolf”….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who Part 18-The guy with two hearts

After Doctor Who’s cancellation in 1989, there were several attempts to revive it, but none were successful. There was an attempt to create a 30th anniversary special, only for it to fizzle out and instead be replaced by an awkward, 15-minute story called “Dimensions in time” that crammed the surviving Doctors, several companions and monsters into a confusing, weird plot. Pretty much the Star Wars Holiday special of Doctor Who, although it was done for charity, and was in 3D, years before some of the new series specials would get similar treatment.

 

In 1996 a more ambitious, big-budget attempt came, although one that still somewhat polarised fans. This would be a TV movie, in which a new Doctor would be introduced, and it would also possibly serve as a pilot for Fox television. The movie was a British/US co-production as well. The movie would also be part of series continuity.

 

In the film, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the Seventh Doctor. He’s travelling alone, Ace having left some time ago (and possibly other companions have come and gone.) He’s a bit older, his hair’s a bit longer, and he’s got rid of the question mark sweater vest. The TARDIS console room is also considerably larger and more ornate, ditching the white walls, roundels and sci-fi look for a more gothic atmosphere with wood walls, fancy furniture and candles.

 

 

The Doctor’s been on a mission. The Master has been put on trial by the Daleks, found guilty, and executed to ashes (It’s not clear why the Daleks-of all creatures-did this). The Doctor gathers these ashes in a box, to take them back to Gallifrey.

Unfortunately, the Master isn’t quite dead. He’s somehow kept himself alive as a snake-like goo monster, which then damages the console, forcing the TARDIS to crash-land in 1999 San Francisco, in the middle of a gang-fight. The Doctor, hoping to find parts to repair the TARDIS, steps out into the middle of it, and gets badly shot.

 

Found by a local youth, Chang Lee, the injured Doctor is sent to the local hospital. Chang however, uncomfortable with being asked questions, leaves with the Doctor’s belongings, including his sonic screwdriver and key. Meanwhile, the goo Master escapes and possesses an ambulance driver played by Eric Roberts. Lacking his usual fancy mustache and clothes, the Master adopts sunglasses and leather jackets. He finds Lee, and uses him to gain access to the TARDIS. This time, the Master wants to use the TARDIS’s power source-it’s link to the “Eye of Harmony”-Gallifrey’s black hole-to somehow steal the Doctor’s body and his remaining regenerations, especially since the Ambulance body host is unstable. Unfortunately, leaving the Eye open like he does is also dangerous to the Earth.

 

Meanwhile, the Doctor is taken to the hospital. The bullet is removed, but the Doctors are perplexed by the strange alien physiology of the Time Lord, and they make a wrong move, causing the Doctor to go into double cardiac arrest, killing the seventh incarnation.

Not immediately regenerating due to the anaesthetic, he’s rolled into the morgue as a dead body. Once in there though, he begins to awake and regenerate into his Eighth form. He emerges from the morgue in his new body, spooking a poor attendant.

The Eighth Doctor of course is bewildered, and doesn’t really know who he is due to the regeneration instability. He tracks down the woman who did the surgery, Grace Holloway, who he tries to convince that he’s the same man she operated on-which takes some doing.

The Doctor eventually regains his memory-kissing Grace as he does so, and begins to frolic around the grass in wonder. He’s certainly more energetic than his previous incarnation, and more of a romantic than well, ANY previous incarnation (This sort of starts a trend of the Doctor becoming a more romantic lead, which will continue into the new series). He also seems to think he’s “half human” on his mother’s side, a “retcon” of sorts that didn’t sit well with some fans. However, he also senses something’s very wrong with the TARDIS, and knows the Master is trying to steal his regenerations and the Eye of Harmony poses a threat to the Earth, and might end it just at the turn of the millennium

The Doctor and Grace head to a science institute to find an atomic beryllium clock, which the Doctor can use to fix the TARDIS console and close the eye, saving Earth. Narrowly avoiding a capture attempt by the Master by “borrowing” a police motorcycle, the Doctor manages to get the component, and the two head back to the TARDIS.

 

Unfortunately, the Master is already there, and he and Chang set up the Doctor in a contraption where he starts to try to take over the Doctor’s body/regenerations using the eye. Grace is hypnotized for a time, but eventually throws it off and is able to shut down the Master’s device. Chang also realizes he’s been tricked by the Master. Things almost prove fatal for Grace and Chang as they are attacked and injured by the Master.

Doctor and Master than pretty much are doing the same thing they did the last time we saw them, at the end of the classic series-trying to kill each other.

 

The confrontation ends with the Master falling into the eye. The Doctor offers his hand to his old enemy, but the Master refuses, falling through the eye (Like that’s going to stop him, though….)

The Doctor is somehow able to use the TARDIS to bring Grace and Chang back from the edge of death, and the Earth is saved. Although he extends the offer of companionship to Grace, she decides not to go along, preferring to return to her life as an actual Doctor. Sharing one last kiss with her, the Doctor departs to places unknown.

 

However, the TV movie was not a USA success, and a new series was not made. The Eighth Doctor did continue in various novels, audio dramas, and comics. However, the television Doctor would eventually return in his Ninth incarnation, although the mystery as to the fate of the Eighth incarnation would have to wait a little longer, and would play a big part in the 2013 anniversary. However, we’re not quite there yet.

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who part 17-Time’s End

After the anniversary Season 25 helped partially restore fan  goodwill, unfortunately the writing was on the wall for the original Doctor Who, as ratings unfortunately continued to suffer. In 1989, the show was put on indefinite hiatus, where-apart from a 1996 TV movie, and various media spinoffs-it would stay for the next decade and a half.

However, there’s still one more classic season to go.

 

The cast-and car-of Battlefield. McCoy’s outfit also undergoes a change, becoming dark brown instead of cream-colored.

The season starts with the return of an old friend-or two, rather. England has become a battleground for a group of Arthurian techno-knights from another dimension, and UNIT is called in, along with the Lethbridge Stuart as an adviser to the current Brigadier, a woman named Bambera. Naturally, the Doctor and Ace get involved.One faction of the knights actually hold the Doctor in high regard, as they recognize him as “Merlin” (possibly a future or alternate incarnation). The Third Doctor’s fancy yellow car, “Bessie”, is also brought out of mothballs by his old friend, and used by his seventh incarnation in this adventure.

The next few stories follow a sort of mini-arc dealing with Ace’s past. The Doctor lands in an old mansion during the Victorian era, where an explorer has gone mad, there’s a group of mesmerized maids,a Neanderthal acts as a butler and the master of the house is hiding something strange in the basement.Turns out he’s an escaped science experiment, used by a strange, angelic life form called “Light”. Light escapes and wants to get rid of Earth’s life by turning it into primordial soup, since he’s sick of the evolution and change. However, the Doctor is able to confound light by using logic, and the alien is destroyed, allowing his experiments to have their own adventures. However, the mansion’s evil aura remains, and it’s revealed that the mansion is in Perivale, Ace’s home London suburb. In the 1980s, in revenge for the death of a friend, she burnt the mansion down. Learning about the mansion’s past, she finally is able to come to terms with that part of her past.

 

 

Classic publicity photo of the Seventh Doctor.

 

The next adventure takes the Doctor and Ace to World War II Northern England, at a military base near a town of London refugees and an old church. A group of Russians is attempting to steal a device called the Ultima machine, a code-breaking cipher computer. However, the British officers at the base has also booby-trapped the computer with a toxic nerve gas mined from the local area. At the church, there are mysterious Viking runes, and vampiric monsters are killing or transforming people at the local beach.

It turns out that a lot of this is due to the manipulations of Fenric, an evil entity older than the universe. The Doctor defeated Fenric before,  encasing him in a flask by having him lose some sort of chess game (sort of like an old tale or something). However, Fenric, using his limited power, has been manipulating events around him, much like chess. Using events at the base-including the Russians, British, the computer, the monsters-and even the Doctor and Ace-he plans to release himself destroy humanity using the nerve gas. Ace’s role is sort of a paradox. During Fenric’s attack, she’s able to save a friendly local radio operator and her infant daughter. Turns out that the infant eventually becomes Ace’s estranged mother, and Fenric was the creature who took Ace to Iceworld in the first place. She also unwittingly gives Fenric the solution to the Doctor’s chess puzzle which imprisoned him in the first place-making the Doctor almost lose.

“You couldn’t resist it, could you? The Game of traps. The Contest as before. One move. Find the winning move. Spring the trap on me-if you can….”

 

However, The Doctor has persuaded the leader of the vampiric monsters that Fenric is just using him, and that it would be best to betray and defeat Fenric. Unfortunately, like in Vampiric literature, Vampires can be stopped by faith-and Ace has a lot of faith in the Doctor.

 

“You know what’s going on, don’t you. You ALWAYS know and you can’t be bothered to tell anyone! It’s like some kind of a game and only you know the rules!”

The Doctor is unfortunately forced to destroy Ace’s faith, by insulting her, and strongly implying the only reason he chose her in the first place. This causes Ace to collapse, emotionally defeated. Fortunately, it also allows the Vampire to kill Fenric and thwart his plans.

After apologizing to Ace, Ace also partially comes to terms with her feelings towards her mother.

 

 

 

“Love and hate, frightening feelings, especially when they’re trapped struggling beneath the surface.”

In the final original adventure, the Doctor and Ace return to Perivale-modern day, this time-where Ace hopes to catch up with some of her friends. However, the London suburb is being plagued by mysterious dissapearences, and strange black cat trails the Doctor and Ace. The Doctor, realizing something’s not quite right, tries to catch one of the black cats, while Ace is attacked by a strange humanoid cheetah monster on horseback. She then vanishes to a strange alien world. The Doctor meanwhile, snares a cat, taking him to the same planet. He then makes his way to a tent, but it’s occupied by:

 

Why Doctor….what an unexpected pleasure.”

The Master. He’s trapped on the planet and now possesses yellow eyes and teeth, slowly mutating into a Cheetah person himself. He’s also trapped there It turns out the planet has a strange bewitching effect on those who end up there, turning them into cheetah people. Ace is able to reunite with her missing friends, but she starts to come under the influence of the planet herself. Eventually the Doctor and the Master find a way to escape, by using the cheetah people’s teleportation powers. The Master does this by hypnotizing Ace’s friend Mitch, who turns into a Cheetah person himself, and the Doctor uses Ace. However, it’s not over yet. The Master-still posessing this power-uses Mitch and others to try to take out the Doctor. The Doctor escapes the attempt, and confronts the Master at the TARDIS (Which of course the Master’s trying to steal).

 

“Master:It seems we must always meet again.  Doctor:”They Do say opposites attract.”

Master:” But this is the end, Doctor.”

The Master then teleports the Doctor back to the cheetah planet, and the two engage in a duel on the planet. The Doctor is able to gain the upper hand, and is about to deliver the killing blow, when he eventually realizes that it’s the influence of the planet. He stops and pleads for the Master to stop fighting.

 

“IF WE FIGHT LIKE ANIMALS, WE’LL DIE LIKE ANIMALS!!!!”

 

The Doctor gets teleported back to Earth at the last minute. He collects Ace, and the two return to the TARDIS, bringing the original series to a close….but the adventures will continue, in time…

 

 

“There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea’s asleep and the rivers dream, people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there’s danger, somewhere there’s injustice and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. Come on, Ace, we’ve got work to do….”

Next: The TV movie…and then, the new/current series.

 

 

 

 

Doctor Who part 16-Time’s Champion

After the more light-hearted season 24, The Seventh Doctor era of Doctor Who takes a somewhat darker tone, as this Doctor largely drops the pratfalls, spoon-playing and tangled quotes of the previous season, and becomes a more manipulative, cold, and proactive incarnation.

He does that by first, literally returning to his roots.

 

He returns to London, 1963, to retrieve something he left behind when he left with Ian, Susan and Barbera on that first adventure-The Hand Of Omega, a coffin-like device that Omega used to create the black hole that gave the Time Lords mastery over time and space. He’s also tipped off the Daleks about the device. Unfortunately, he’s made an error in judgement-although initially planning to let one faction of Daleks steal the device, unfortunately the Daleks are still in the midst of a civil war between Davros’s Dalek faction and the original, Grey Daleks-and humans from 1963 might get hurt in the crossfire (The Daleks are already using human agents against each other, as well as the Doctor).  He also tries to keep Ace out of harm’s way, although she proves pretty handy with a baseball bat against a Dalek.

 

“Small Human female, sighted on level 3!” Who ya calling small?” SMACK!

 

Eventually, Davros’s Dalek faction-which now rules Skaro-manages to secure the Hand of Omega. Communicating with Davros, the Doctor feeds the Dalek creator’s ego, goading him into using the Hand on Skaro’s sun. However, the Doctor has already pre-programmed the Hand-to make Skaro’s sun go nova, largely crippling the Doctor’s arch-enemies.

 

 

After that adventure, the Doctor encounters a planet where sadness is forbidden, and Happiness is enforced by the Happiness Patrol and their strange robot enforcer, Kandyman. Although initially a return to silliness, this particular adventure has some interesting social messages.

After that, the Doctor gets involved with another forgotten Gallifreyan artifact, the Nemesis. The Nemesis is a defensive/offensive metal, carved in the likeness of 17th century madwoman Lady Peinforte when part of it landed on her estate. The statue of course has a lot of power, but the Doctor in the past separated the statue into three parts-the main body, a bow, and arrow. Peinforte has the arrow, a group of Neo nazis has the bow, and the Nemesis is safely in space, but unfortunately with a decaying orbit. Peinforte takes herself via another time storm similar to the one that took Ace to Iceworld to the 20th century for the Nemesis’s landing, while the Nazis show up with the bow, and the Doctor and Ace are also there to witness the statue falling and keep the different components from being linked and giving the two evil factions control of the Nemesis’s power.

However another group arrives-Cybermen. Things get a bit complicated.

 

Eventually the Cybermen are able to put together the Nemesis, and set it off the join their fleet. However, the Nemesis destroys the fleet instead. The Doctor has again pulled off his gamble with the Daleks-letting Gallifreyan technology into the wrong hands, only for it to literally blow up in their faces. The adventure leaves Ace wandering though, who is this strange alien she’s travelling with-what’s his name, and what link might he have with the artifacts he’s using. Could the Doctor have something to do with Gallifrey’s dark past?

 

 

The last adventure of the season brings us to the Psychic circus, a once reknowned galactic travelling circus which seems to be looking for new acts. However, in truth the circus has been captured by the aliens The Gods Of Ragnarok who are killing off certain acts who don’t amuse them, and enlist the aid of a creepy clown enforcer. Ace of course is initially reluctant to join in the Doctor’s investigation of the sinister goings-on at this circus, as she has a far of clowns. However, the Doctor is able to defeat the Gods of Ragnarok, although a bit too late to save the Circus’s other acts, apart from Werewolf Mags and a janitor.

 

 

 

Next-things get even darker as the Doctor deals with weird evolutions, Ace’s past and a Viking alien god–and then things come to an end. For a time.