Doctor Who: Watchers in the Fourth Dimension

Doctor Who: Watchers in the Fourth Dimension

Three Americans and a Brit attempt to watch their way through all of Doctor Who (in order), and discuss each story with a mix of whimsy and intellect.

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December 4, 2022 62 min

We kick Season 13 off with Terror of the Zygons, and we’re off to the Scottish Highlands, where the Brigadier wears a kilt, Benton returns, the Doctor wears a Glengarry, Sarah has stuff to do, and Harry gets shot… wait, did Julie write this one!? Maybe not, but this one seems right up her alley! Join us we discuss what is undoubtedly an extremely strong start to the season!

 

Along the way, Don marvels at Broton’s pettiness, Reilly...

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Another season down, and so it’s time for us to look back on the entirety of Season 12 in our now-customary end-of-season retrospective! Once again, we examine the season through our usual blend of awards, a recap of our scores and metrics, and questions from some of our friends from social media.

 

Along the way, Reilly and Julie clash over whether or not the Scientific Reform Society make for good villains, Anthony continues to e...

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Anthony and Julie are joined by friend-of-the-podcast R. Alan Siler for this season’s side-step into the realms of audio. This time around, we have chosen to do something a little different – rather than focus on an original audio story, we discuss Return of the Cybermen, which is based on an earlier script for Revenge, and was released as part of Big Finish’s Lost Stories range.

 

Along the way, Julie rages at some of the casting ...

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Just like that, we’ve reached the end of Tom Baker’s first season with Revenge of the Cybermen. And oh boy, is this one a doozy. Could this possibly be the worst Cybermen story to date? Well, obviously, you’ll have to listen to this podcast episode to find out what we think in Shoulder Rub of Death!

 

Along the way, Anthony fights the urge to nitpick every single element of the story, Don expresses his intense dislike of this versi...

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Watchers in the FEAR Dimension returns for a second year, as we bring you our bonus Halloween special, in which we discuss two Doctor Who-related horror films. This year, we talk about Hammer Horror’s Scars of Dracula (featuring Patrick Troughton) and the Carry On franchise’s Carry On Screaming (featuring Jon Pertwee). Join us as we discuss the serious and the silly in these two films, from vomiting bats to scientists with strange ...

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And so we get to another truly legendary story of the Tom Baker-era – Genesis of the Daleks. Will the Watchers love this as much as fandom-as-a-whole does, or will the giant clam prove to be just too much? Will the Davros/Nyder pairing be as I C O N I C as expected? And will Julie ever get over the new Production Team’s aversion to women and, as a result, how this serial becomes Sausage Fest of the Daleks?

 

Along the way, Don gets...

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It’s time for a surprise bonus episode drop! The entire gang is getting together to discuss the recent animation of Season 5’s The Abominable Snowmen. So many questions – have Big Finish Creative finally fixed the problem of super long arms? Will the Archer-style animation work with the Yeti? And will animation turn a tedious, padded story into anything other than a tedious, padded story?

 

Along the way, Don puts himself in the sh...

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We’re heading down to a deserted far future Earth, where a baked potato is evaluating a small group of humans for… well… apparently, an invasion… but it seems to be more for plain old sadism. Maybe. Anyway, in this episode we’re discussing The Sontaran Experiment!

 

Along the way, Reilly once again gets disgusted by the tongue movements of a Sontaran, Anthony asks how these humans totally missed Nerva being in orbit, Julie desires ...

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The Fourth Doctor era begins properly as we head off into the far future for The Ark in Space! It’s the first story Produced by the legendary Phillip Hinchcliffe, meaning that the iconic Hinchcliffe/Holmes production team is now fully in place, and they're taking us to a space station in the far future where the future of humanity is at stake – what could possibly go wrong? Aside from the somewhat notorious bubble-wrap SFX, of ...

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It’s that point of our journey where we finally have reached the legendary Tom Baker, as we kick-off his era with Robot! But will his debut live up to expectations? We also say a final “goodbye” to Producer Barry Letts and his love of bad CSO, and former Script Editor Terrance Dicks signs-off with the script. Listen in as we re-tread some of the UNIT-era tropes to welcome our new Doctor!

 

Along the way, Don admires the Brigadier’s...

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We’re back to stretch out the Pertwee era for just one more episode, as our good friend R. Alan Siler joins the show to interview our regular cast about the entirety of the Pertwee era – the good, the bad, and the outright Masterful! Join us as we meander through a conversation about the joys of Delgado and UNIT, the best supporting characters, the pitfalls of bad CSO and overuse of synthesizers, and a dissection of the development...

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Anthony and Julie get together for our Season 11 Big Finish bonus episode, as they are off to Hong Kong in an alternative universe to discuss Sympathy for the Devil from the Doctor Who: Unbound range! This episode was recorded before the news broke of the sad passing of David Warner, and is dedicated to his memory. He was an amazing actor, and will be missed by so, so many people. Our thoughts continue to be with his friends and fa...

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Once again, we have reached the end of another season, so join us as we look back on the entirety of Season 11. From the highs of Benton punching a General in Invasion of the Dinosaurs, to the lows of… well, the entirety of The Monster of Peladon, we talk about it all with our usual blend of awards, a look back on our metrics and scores from the season, and questions from our social media followers. It’s definitely an interesting o...

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This episode, the Watchers return to Metebelis III as they exasperatedly take on the final Pertwee serial with Planet of the Spiders. Complete with a former salesman plotting revenge through the accumulation of power while at a Buddhist retreat (wut?) and a mindlessly self-indulgent chase scene, is this the story that will finally break the Watchers (or just Reilly)?

 

Along the way, Anthony struggles to make sense of the Spiders’ ...

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We’re heading back to Peladon for the penultimate serial of the Pertwee era, where a new painfully unassertive monarch has to deal with an uppity religious advisor, rumours of their God being unhappy, difficulty with members of the Galactic Federation, and a minor miner rebellion thrown in for good effect. All stretched out to six episodes, rather than four! Dear god. At least it’ll make for an entertaining conversation!

 

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Terry Nation is BACK with Death to the Daleks, so we have to discuss it in our latest podcast episode, The C-Team Daleks, in which we attempt to answer the ultimate question – “Is Terry Nation taking the piss?” Additional questions asked include “why can’t he write for women?” and “is this bad, or is this good?” Listen in to hear us fail to definitively answer any of these questions!

 

During the episode, Julie questions the choice...

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Kklak! It’s the Annual Malcolm Hulke Lizard Extravaganza®, as we bang-a-gong for the children of the revolution as we take on T. Rexes in Invasion of the Dinosaurs! The Doctor and Sarah return to London, only to be confronted by a conspiracy to which almost everyone is involved, and some of Ray Harryhausen’s cast-offs. Ah well, you can’t win ‘em all.

 

Over the course of the episode, Reilly explains his suspicions on how Spielberg ...

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It’s a fresh start as we kick off Season 11 with Robert Holmes’ excellent The Time Warrior, in which we say “hello!” to both the legendary Sarah Jane Smith and the iconic monsters known as the Sontarans! Add into the mix some comedy Saxons, some pathetic Normans, and plenty of sci-fi elements, and we’re onto a winner. Maybe. You’ll have to listen to find out what we actually think of this one!

 

Over the course of the episode, Anth...

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It’s time for another season retrospective, as we look back on the entirety of Season 10! And what a season it’s been – all three Doctors, an attempt at a 12-part Dalek epic, giant maggots in an abandoned mine in South Wales, and some dishrags. Well, that last one shows that you can’t win ‘em all! Still, the Pertwee era is absolutely flying by – we can’t believe that we’ve only got one more season to go!

 

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It’s time for a bonus episode, in which all four of us are joined by our good friend Naomi (aka @thewhovian_gal on Instagram), as we discuss the Season 10-adjacent Big Finish adventure The Scorchies! Join us as we talk about one of the most weird and bonkers stories to date! Oh, and did we mention that this is Don’s first Big Finish experience? Because it’s Don’s first Big Finish experience!

 

Along the way, Don focuses on Scor...

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