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  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   8 years 6 weeks ago

    Strange Double post

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   8 years 6 weeks ago

    Before there are any complaints, I am Scottish and I have worn a kilt, so I am entitled to make the joke if I want!

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 14                   - Romana I 11          - Barbara 13 
    - Liz 2     
              - Donna 14               
    - Vicki 6                 - The Brigadier 21 
    - Nyssa 2            
    - Stephen 7                - Jo Grant 18            - Tegan 5 (+1)   
    - Polly 7             - Sarah Jane 18          - Ben 10                   - Victoria 8 
    Harry 17           
    - Jamie 18 (-2)          Leela 16  


    20. Captain Jack      21. K9 
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                 25. Martha
    26. Turlough           27. Romana II        
    28. Mickey            29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace               32: Dodo              33: Mel

  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   8 years 6 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 14 (+1)            - Romana I 11          - Barbara 13 
    - Liz 2     
              - Donna 14               
    - Vicki 6                 - The Brigadier 21 
    - Nyssa 2            
    - Stephen 7                - Jo Grant 18            - Tegan 4 (-2)   
    - Polly 7             - Sarah Jane 18          - Ben 10                   - Victoria 8 
    Harry 17           
    - Jamie 20                 Leela 16  


    20. Captain Jack      21. K9 
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                 25. Martha
    26. Turlough           27. Romana II        
    28. Mickey            29: Adric
    30. Susan               
    31: Grace               32: Dodo              33: Mel

  • The Best Series Ever Made   8 years 6 weeks ago

    Of the four hundred or so shows you mention, I have only ever followed about 20 of them religiously (i.e wouldn't miss an episode if at all possible). There are probably another 20 or so that I wouldn't turn off if I found them on (mainly american sit-coms).

    However, the vast majority, I have either never watched, never heard of or have actively turned off, as mind numbing drivel!

    Even many I watched as a kid (Logan's Run, The Six Million Dollar Man, Airwolf, Automan, Street Hawk) are dreadful when re-watched today. Even the nostalga factor cannot save them from their obvious awfulness. It is testament to the really good shows (Dr Who, Star Trek, The Avengers, Space 1999, UFO, Sapphire and Steel, Lost in Space) that they still seem to have merit today. This doesn't even apply to just the really old shows, I rewatched the first season of the X-files recently and thought it seemed pretty poor (and I was a fairly hardcore x-files fan in my time, at least for the first three or four seasons). 

    One advantage of growing up in the UK with only three channels (which basically never showed re-runs) was that they sifted through the dross and typically only US shows of some merit (even if it was just in the things exploding catagory) ended up on TV.
    This being said, BBC2 did pick up Quatum Leap for some unknown reason.

    Rather than just listing everything made, why not recommend those series which are particularly worth watching (for their quality, not just nostalga reasons - particularly if you have rewatched any episodes recently just to confirm this fact). I for one like to be pointed to particular episode of exceptional quality, especially if they are availble on Netflix, or similar rental service.


  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   8 years 6 weeks ago

    And so I have watched the 132 episodes of the Hartnell era in the last 151 days (one day over 5 calander months), which averages at slightly more than six episodes per week.

    Prior to this endevour, I had seen the Unearthly child (first episode only), the Daleks (thanks to a BBC2 re-run), the Aztecs (DVD last year), the Dalek invasion of Earth (DVD 3 years ago) and the War Machines (DVD, this January). I had also read the Targent novelization of the 'Tenth Planet'. This was the full extent of my first Doctor exposure (except for the Three and Five Doctors).

    So what did I discover. Well for the first two seasons, the programme should have been called the 'Ian and Barbara journey through  Time and Space' not 'Doctor Who'. They dominated every story as far as I'm concerned and after they left I think that the show struggled to find itself again.

    Although I really liked Vicki, she was a great substitute for Susan, not Barbara. Likewise Steven just could not fill the gap left by Ian. This may have to do with the fact that the storylines had been written for the original characters and the new companions were handed out the lines and roles, as the situation presented. I suspect that this meant the new characters couldn't establish themselves well, as all their lines were someone elses leftovers.

    Ultimately, the two comapions from the future (Steven and Vicki) did not sit as well with the viewers, as those from a contemporary time did. At the end of Hartnell's tenure, I think we saw the producers try to address this with Dodo, then Polly and Ben. Strangely enough, I think that the show may have fared better with companions from the future, namely Bret Vyon and/or Sara Kingdom (both of whom were very strong characters like Ian).

    With regards to the Doctor, I'm afraid that he still seems like a grump old Uncle to me, who often goes out of his way to agrivate his travelling companions. Although he mellows as series three progresses, he is still grumpy. The number of lines which Hartnell manages to fluff is really quite amazing, easily 3x all the lines fluffed by all the other actor combined.

    To be honest, I think if the Beeb had not replaced Hartnell at this point the show would never have made a fifth season, as the second half of the third season saw was floundering terribly, after a solid first and second series relying of Willaim Russell and Jacqueline Hill.

    So I am glad I watched everything and am glad for the really good stories in there, which for the record, I believe to be:

    1) The Daleks
    2) Marco Polo
    3) The Keys of Marinus
    4) The Aztecs
    5) The Dalek Invasion of Earth
    6) The Romans
    7) The Chase (yes Chase, it's in my best stories list)
    8) The Dalek's Masterplan (well most of it)
    9) The War Machines
    10) The Tenth Planet 

    This is not bad as it is about 1/3 of the total number of stories.

    And so onto the Second Doctor (whom I have had even less exposure to)

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   8 years 6 weeks ago

    Although this is a favorite story on mine (thanks to the Target novelization) I had never watched it.

    I really enjoyed the story, but was a little put out that Hartnell wasn't present in his second to last episode (was this a sign he was really ill? or that he had fallen out with the producers?).
    These early cybermen really were kind of cluncky (and if I'm not mistaken had ordinary human hands)

    The Good

    I really enjoyed the way the titles were done and the little jingle added over the music. Polly and Ben are shaping up as good companions (though I still find Ben's Cockney annoying). The dead cyberman bodies were interesting for the time (and no gold was required). The location of the base at Antartic was a good setting.

    The Bad

    Okay, the science in here is really bad. Earth's 'twin' planet being identical except upside down. It can move towards the Earth and it's gravity interfere's with earth orbiting spacecraft, yet the gravity changes have no impact upon the Earth or the Moon (i.e. ripping the planet apart, Tidal waves etc etc.)

    Most troubling of all is Mondas's power draining effect. This must be natural, because if it were due to cyber technology they would either a) turn it off before Mondas explodes b) built it so that it could be shut-off before even bothering to approach the Earth.

    The Curious

    I have heard it said of the new series, that there are story problems because it obviously doesn't occur in 'our world'. i.e. We know that the earth has never been moved to another part of the universe ('the stolen Earth), We know that a poisonous atmosphere has never been created by catalytic converters (The poison Sky), We know spaceship have never been reported in central London (Aliens of London, The Christmas invasion).

    However, this episode place classic Who in that same alternate universe. We know there were not moon landings in the 1980's. We know a new planet was not seen in the sky in 1986. We know that there was not a mysterious worldwide energy drain in 1986 either. So this story obviously, doesn't occur in 'our timeline'.

    Of course, this highlights the problem of 'historic' stories and 'sci-fi' stories. In the 'historic' stories history cannot be changed, events must play out as intended. However, it always strikes me as curious that the Doctor has encyclopedic knowledge of Earth's history, but only retrospectively. He never anounces, well we cannot stop the cyberman/Dalek invasion of the Earth because it is common knowledge that it occurred in the year XXXX.

    Another thing that reminded me of the modern series was the cybermen them selves. They appeared in groups of three or four. All of these would be destroyed then another group numbering three or four would appear to replace them. Some budgetary constraints never change.

    Having heard that 2 Entertain are doing more stories with animated episodes to replace those which are missing, I hope that this story is next on the list because a) only one episode is missing (the important regeneration one) b) it is a seminal story both for the first regeneration and the introduction of a classic monster c) There would be consistancy in animating all the missing cybermen episode (the Moonbase could round of the trilogy where only two episodes are missing).

    Overall an 8.5 out of 10, easily the best story since the Dalek Masterplan.

  • Ramble With Russel Podcast Updates   8 years 6 weeks ago

    Well here you go folks my Ghosbusters Spectacular for you all to enjoy.  First up though I take a side trip and give a Canada Day Report involving one really large line-up for food.  Then you get my review of the 25th Anniversary release of Ghostbusters on Blu-Ray for the first time.  The Busting continues with my take on the DVD release of The Real Ghostbusters on DVD as the guys get animated and wrap things up with Ghostbusters : The Video Game on the PS3 where the original cast of the movies gets called back to kick some more ectoplasmic butt.  Music for this week features the songs Ghost by DeadraveN & Haunted House by Ben Cooper,  both can be found at along with the intro song Let's Get Ramblin by Dynamo Snackbar.  Other instrumental music is by the band Mr. Burns and they can be found at .  As always your comments and suggestions are welcome

    and can be found at




  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   8 years 6 weeks ago

    Oddly enough I hated this on soundtrack only. There are TWO reconstructions for some of the stories, mostly THE MYTHMAKERS and THE SMUGGLERS. The second type uses other actors to recreate, say Ulysseus or the pirates, even some loose animation. And those are the recons that work best for stories that seemed boring before. To be honest, SMUGGLERS is not a bad story at all and I liked it when I watched that second recon. It just moved faster was faster paced and put Hartnell, again, in a situation that he had to get out of, by lying, manippulating, and fooling...and he was brilliant, in over his head, trying to get back to his friends and/or the TARDIS, this is how DW should be...but I supposed all takes on the Doc are welcome including the master time trickster he became with the 7th Doctor, although for all HIS planning he was often in over his head as well. In the second recon, the fights were much better and the overall visual look was rather good. And the past is just as dangerous as proved by the amount of deaths here. There is also a good sub plot in the man who was helping the smugglers, turning against them. I can't recall if he lived or not but I thnk he did.

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   8 years 6 weeks ago

    As much as I tried to like this story, I'm afraid I just found it boring. The reconstruction I watched was often confusing about what was actually happening and I had to rewatch certain parts multiple times. Perhaps I will invest in the BBC audiobook of this and see if I like it any better. It's quite funny that the only clips that survive are all the death scenes exised by the forgein censors.

    Anyhow between this story, 'the gunfighters' and the rather unsatisfactory ending of 'the massacre', it is no great surprise to me that only one more true historical adventure was made. This is a shame as there were many quality ones earlier (Marco Polo, the Romans, The Aztecs). The genre may have been killed of merely by having a consecutive set of sub-par scripts.

    Also some irony in having the Doctor's first eye candy assistant play a 'lad' in her first fully fledged adventure. I certainly found Ben's Cockney Chappy character somewhat annoying.

    A 4 or 5 out of ten for this one.

    And so onto the Tenth Planet. 

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   8 years 6 weeks ago

    So ends season three. I have to say although it had a great highlight (Masterplan), it had a lot of lowlights (Galaxy 4 and the Ark through the savages) and the rest seemed Mediocre.

    I thought that perhaps, I was suffering from fatigue in my marathon, but after reading literature about the series it appears that after 'the Dalek Masterplan' public sentiment at the time was similar to my opinions. Of the three season's so far this was the overall weakest. Here is my Season ranking so far

    place                      Season                    Highlight                        Lowlight
    1st                          One                     Marco Polo                     Edge of Destruction
    2nd                         Two                 Dalek Invasion of Earth        The Space Museum
    3rd                         Three                The Dalek Masterplan               Galaxy 4

    I think I will try and order the seasons as I go through them rather than trying to insert the later ones based upon my current feelings.

  • [SPOILERS!] Epi 1 'Day One'   8 years 6 weeks ago

    I think you're every much in the minority... 5+ million UK viewers, plus all the Australian viewers and everyone else in world who watched it today and enjoyed it certainly don't agree with you

    If you don't like Torchwood, save yourself hours of torture and simply don't watch it

  • [SPOILERS!] Epi 1 'Day One'   8 years 6 weeks ago



    RTD has run out of ideas. Another Earth shattering children possessed story (SJM) with "consquences" for the whole DW ?Torturus Wood universe. Please somebody either cancel this show and /or get RTD out of the entire DW universe!  

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   8 years 6 weeks ago

     I agree with most of what you wrote. Dodo could be good but she could also be very, very bad, mostly in THE ARK, where the actress does not all. Here, her leaving is just...strange. At first, I didn't like it but your review made me think about DW in general. If Dodo' s leaving were more dramatic, more in line with the story or even visually presented...then, this might not be the thing that it is and I like it the way it is. Strange that it could have been so much better but...DW being DW fans can write articles, stories, and others things about Dodo's departure and that's part of why I like DW. It's just so oddball, at times brilliant, at other times the worst thing or things you've ever seen and then there's  alot in between like Dodo's leaving. It leaves room for speculation...

    I happen to think Polly and Ben, although to understand them, especially Ben, I had to turn on the DVD subtitles almost all the time, are terrific companions, young and trendy or not. Not sure Ben is very trendy for the time but I like them a great deal and having a couple with the Doctor instead of a single female or a single male, is a new slant althought they are a couple in the first stages of their coupling. I thought when Matt Smith's companions  were first announced the team was going to have a couple but I'd bet RTD talked Scott M out of that. Now it's just the long haired red haired girl. BOOOOO!

    Anyway the story is nothing new at all esp for written Sci Fi, it's as old as hats, speaking of which I like the Doctor in his hat and I like the idea of him in a trendy night club or bar. I like that he sends Ben on a mission, not to mention his de-hynotizing of Dodo and I like how he stands before a war machine when everyone else, military included, is running for cover. And he uses his ring! Brill! I think his Doctor has even more presense in modern day settings than in the far off/historical/ pplanetary ones. Hartnell is without a doubt one of the best, if not the best Doctor (next to Tom Baker of course). Here he does the entire range of his repitoire: angry, hostile, warm, surprised, powerful, weak, etc.

    The War machines themselves, if you turn on the DVD text you'll find the bloopers of the people being seen inside them, running from them when they are set fire etc. That said, the killing in this is a bit shocking especially in the control room when the man possessed Krimpton is shot down...either by Wotan, the military or Brett! I can't recall but I do remember it being a bit...shocking as Krimpton wasn't evil, just a brainwashed victim. Brett was too but he seems to get away with it all...without knowing what is going on.

    The other shocking scene is the man who is beaten to death...orginally the possessed men were to kill him with sharp weapons! Of course, Ben gets away with just being taken over or something or just held in a be freed by a possessed but fightin it Polly.

    Sir Charles and the Doctor interact like the Brig and the Doctor and this sort of makes me think of UNIT stories anyway: as men battle the threat with heavy firepower...often losing. There's also a huge men to men fight with quite a few losses on both sides. And location shooting of the tower...and a mad computer as in GREEN DEATH.   

    Anyway this story is most entertaining...still I like the pics of pre-Ben Mike Craze...

  • What I'm looking from the change of guard...   8 years 6 weeks ago

    That's because of RTD. He hates writing TARDIS scenes, hates the TARDIS pretty much except as a vehicle to get his characters from place to place. He's said that pretty much no stories wil be entirely set on the TARDIS and implied or stated in an annual that Rose and the Doctor DON'T sleep on board, not even separately ---they find other accomdations. So don't except anything with RTD behind it to explore the TARDIS...he also IMO ruined the console room. It looked terrible from day one when he took over and still does, I hate it that way and am glad they are thinking of changing it or have changed it.

    Ditto what he thinks about multi Doctor stories. Both and the fool that runs Big Finish now think that multi Doctor stories suck but...then BF went and did ZAGREUS in lieu of a REAL multi Doctor story and that sucked. Then they went and did a Doctor story with the Sixth Doctor narrowly missing all his other selves but we don't get to hear them only hear about them. What crap.

    I say that the TARDIS interior needs to have at least some scenes there and at least one big story inside the TARDIS totally AND there needs to be at least one or two multi Doctor stories even if they have to CGI TOM BAKER'S ass to get him in there. 

    btw noticed your avatar and I love Ulysseus 31!  


    oh one more thing: after viewing ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN and SILVER NEMESIS, I have to disagree that the new Cybermen should go. I don't ever want to see those old classic Cybermen again unless they look like the ones in TENTH PLANET or REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN, the CM from EARTHSHOCK are okay I guess but to be honest, seeing their jaws (and I know they are supposed to be partially human) just jars me and the fact that in ATTACK we had a fat one...well, I think the new look, parallel Lumic CM are much much better and scarier and less I would say if you have a GOOD script unlike NEXT DOCTOR, use them. if not, leave all CM at home  

  • From the Beginning: The First Doctor   8 years 6 weeks ago

    Although I have watched this recently (within the last six months) I enjoyed re-watching it. I think that this DVD is really well done. I particularly enjoyed the 'one foot in the past' feature with Tony Benn visiting the Post Office Tower (now the BT tower).

    It seems to me that this story is the blue print for much of the rest of Doctor Who. i.e. it was the first story in a contemporary setting with contemporary companions with a menace about to take over the world (the staple of the Pertwee UNIT years, much of the T Baker era, the McGann Movie, and the majority of the Ecclestone and Tennant serires).

    I know that 'planet of the giants' was the first story in a contemporary time period, but I don't count it since the Doctor et al. only interacted with outsized props and rear projection images.

    The story has been done many times, 'meglomaniac computer takes over the world', but to my knowledge this is one of (if not the) earliest one. The others that spring to mind are 'the Forbin Project', 'the Demon seed', 'the Terminator' and of course '2001: a space oddessy' (although HAL only took over the mission, not the world). Of course it doesn't really seem like the war machines could really take over the world ,but they were really good at smashing through piles of wooden boxes. I noted with some irony that there guns (powered by CO2 fire extinguishers) set things on fire!!

    I did find everyone calling our hero "Doctor Who' somewhat annoying although I can live with it.

    I found Dodo's departure unsatisfactory. Other than this story (where she was under hypnosis ) and her annoying introduction at the end of 'the massacre' I have found here an agreeable companion. I think that her poor performance with the audience and in our ongoing companion poll is more down to the fact that she appeared in the worst stories of the Hartnell era.

    So it was the changing of the birds, out goes 'extinct old Dodo' and in comes 'Pretty Polly'. That's interesting given that she spentds most of the story under 'evil hypnosis' control too. It definately feels that with this story the production crew are trying to restart the show. Latch onto a promonent current event (the opening of the GPO Tower) and replace the companions with young and trend characters.  The story seemed to have everything thrown in for good measure: Mind control, Meglomaniac Computer taking over the World, Death Machines, Battles with loads of soldiers, lots of Death and destruction.

    A good solid 7/10 for this one I think. 

  • The Best Series Ever Made   8 years 6 weeks ago



    PHOTON (okay it's cheesy but original)




  • Tin Dog Podcast   8 years 6 weeks ago


    coe day 1 TDP



    i hope do do a podcast per day while its on air.



  • [SPOILERS!] Epi 1 'Day One'   8 years 6 weeks ago








    A few points...

    Way too early for me to judge if its a good story However as it stands it was ok.There where a few good moments which creeped me out. The children’s faces when they were howling for instance. 

    I liked the idea of only one adult being caught up with all the children, nice touch that.


    I can’t help shake the feeling that RTD has ran out of ideas. Overall this came across as a rehashed Ood story. Replace the Ood with children, set it on earth and there you go.

    The doctor who was visited by TW in the beginning turns out to be a government mole whose purpose is to infiltrate TW? Come on!  I know this is a sci fi show but that was too much of a coincidence for me that he was at the right place / right time. A doctor who has trained to save life just kills someone so he can shoots someone in the back? That just doesn't ring true to me.


    Overall I did enjoy the story and I’m glad I don’t have to wait until next week for part two but I was definitely left with the feeling it was a formulaic RTD script.


  • [SPOILERS!] Epi 1 'Day One'   8 years 6 weeks ago


    But I guess I've always liked Torchwood, so to see people who have been previously down on Torchwood liking this story I guess me loving it is to be expected.

    The mystery is great and what a fracking epic cliffhanger.


    The throught never crossed my mind that perhaps Jack can really die if you blow him apart, needless to say the cliffhanger certainly had my heart racing in much the same way that Utopia, Turn Left and The Stolen Earth all did.

    And oh god, Jack has a daughter!! How and when did that happen? xD

    Turning to Ianto.... because you know he's certainly my favourite part of Torchwood, he was absolutely adorable in this, I love finally meeting his sister and his niece and nephew and how he was very much the "monied uncle" with them. ^_^

    And Ianto loves Jack.... he hasn't said it yet, but it's his face and the way he acts that says it, and it makes me so so happy that I could possibly melt at the cuteness of it.... and I think I did at one stage. And that goodbye snog almost made me cry. T_T

    Love Gwen mirroring Eve Myles with the pregnancy ^^ and her saying hello to the photo of Owen and Tosh at her desk.

    Haven't watched it on UKTV yet, catching the time shift version at 10.30pm (I wanted to watch it uncut and without commericals first) so I'll let everyone know how that goes.

    Great story so far.... bring on tommorrow!

    I hope Jack is ok :(


  • HURT/HEAL: The COMPANIONS   8 years 6 weeks ago

    - Ian 15              - Zoe 13                   - Romana I 11           - Barbara 13 
    - Liz 2     
              - Donna 14               
    - Vicki 6                 - The Brigadier 21 (+1) 
    - Nyssa 2 (-2)     
    - Stephen 7                - Jo Grant 18              - Tegan 6   
    - Polly 7             - Sarah Jane 18          - Ben 10                   - Victoria 8 
    Harry 17           
    - Jamie 20                 Leela 16  


    20. Captain Jack      21. K9 
    22. Rose                 23. Peri                 24. Ace                 25. Martha
    26. Turlough           27. Romana II        
    28. Mickey            29: Adric
    30. Susan                
    31: Grace              32: Dodo              33: Mel

  • What I'm looking from the change of guard...   8 years 6 weeks ago

    I really do agree with the feelings of all above, but one thing nobody seems to have commented on is the new series (i.e. 2005 onwards) lack of exploration of the TARDIS as a ship, dimensional thingy and Doctor's home. I always loved the glimpses of the vast interior and function of the TARDIS and it is the homelyness of the Doctor's TARDIS in the TV movie that I thought worked terrifically well.

    How about a TARDIS that we actually get to explore? Where do the companions sleep and spend their idle time? How do they make the TARDIS their home? For a new series that has spent sooo much time going on about human stories and human drama, the everyday life of being in the TARDIS has strangely been omitted throughout the new incarnations of the Doctor.

    How about a Matt Smith TARDIS bound episode - 'ship in a bottle' style like in Star Trek TNG?



  • David Tennant to Star in St. Trinian's Sequel   8 years 6 weeks ago

    BBC News article on this story: Tennant joins St Trinian's film

  • The Sonic Newsdriver Returns for the 3rd of July 2009   8 years 6 weeks ago

    The Sonic Newsdriver 20090707
    Selected Doctor Who related news delivered sonically.
    For Earth-date: Tuesday the 7th of July 2009

    In this episode: Torchwood Week (don't worry, no spoilers here), Barrowman wants to continue playing Captain Jack until he's gray, Kai Owen Demands More, David Tennant new role is no hero, Tennant is not the latest Time Lord on the big screen screen, Two moments of silences, and Get Your Sonic Gear, plus more!

    Hosted by Louis Trapani

    Right click and download the episode using the link below or listen right on the website using the embedded player, better yet subscribe to the podcast using the feed links below the player.

  • [SPOILERS!] Epi 1 'Day One'   8 years 6 weeks ago

    (Warning: This thread may have spoilers, but this message does not)

    I thoroughly enjoyed Day One of Torchwood: The Children of Earth. I think it is off to a great start. I don't think the trailers did it justice, but admittedly, it is hard to capture the flavour of this story (at least seen here in Day One so far) in short 90 second trailer or so.

    Excellent direction by Euros Lynn. All the performers were on the top of their game as well. Now, I am looking forward to Day Two.




  • Arc of Infinity   8 years 6 weeks ago



    Wow. That was really another boring episode. I don' t know why. Despite alot of running around, some action, gunplay (from Nyssa no less!), and scenes of Tegan in the crypt finding her cousin Colin with help from Robin, this is really another boring part.

    The Matrix: it's now just a dark screen with lines of energy running through it. Omega seems to be in control of it even before the dull cliffhanger of the Doctor saying he's in control of it. The only surprise is that Hedin is the traitor. I didn't spot that one coming.

    The rest of this isn't really that poor or bad, it's just flat and boring. Even Omega's confronting of Tegan isn't all that great nor his talk with the Doctor in the Matrix. The whole story, so promising from the start, is just falling flat and this ep is entirely studio bound. Yeck.

    What's happened to DW? It's just boring now. One thing: when Nyssa takes the gun, the Doctor is almost shocked...but he's inspired this in the peace (?) girl. Trruth is she was shooting people in her first story and if you look at KEEPER, she was a much better character there than here, even if her acting has improved somewhat. And just what job is Damon's?   

    Nyssa seems positively happy to hear Tegan's name again...but Tegan is imprisoned by Omega in the Matrix and maybe it's that that makes her smile!? Never mind that whole lesbian thing with the graffiti or the fact that both Colin and Robin seem to be...uhm, partners.  

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