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Author: Anthony Williams, Don Smith, Julie Filipek, Reilly Schreck

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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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Peace conferences! Lobotomy by alien brain parasite! Prison takeovers! Chemical missile theft! More disguises! It’s all in a day’s work for the UNIT folks, as we discuss The Master’s second outing on Doctor Who in The Mind of Evil.   Over the course of the episode, Reilly finds himself a new favourite member of the UNIT team, Julie plays Yates off against Benton, Anthony questions why UNIT are on security duty for a peace conference, and Don is pleased at the avoidance of the “horrible boss” trope. As a group, we discuss whether or not this serial displays racism towards the people of China.   If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3uSsgsp) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3Alr4Pv).   Other media mentioned in this episode: Private Shulz (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Aq7uBs | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3uVykjL) The X Files: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3oR88FY | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3BqRkZY) A Clockwork Orange (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3lmFFWA | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Brd2gm) Batman Begins (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3iJ9uim | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3oR7t7s) Arrested Development: The Complete Seasons 1-4 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3BqTDw6 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3uT21Cc) Parks and Recreation: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3oJVkS0 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3BqSJzI) Lord of the Rings (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3FucnNC | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3llVpsV) Looney Tunes – The Platinum Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Aov8z7 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3nRkM7w) Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3aifha7 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2YtSYvx) Bridge On the River Kwai (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2WVn6zt | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3DmTtGH) King Crimson – In the Wake of Poseidon (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3AoFLkO | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ApKoec) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3AoTNCQ | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3mEc6z6)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
It’s a bonus episode of Watchers in the Fourth Dimension! Recorded as a LIVE panel in conjunction with DragonCon’s Brittrack for DragonCon Goes Virtual 2021, we bring you our discussion on Doctor Who: The Early Years - a beginners’ guide to the first two Doctors, broken up into six episodes, much like many of the serials of the 1960s: Episode 1: The Quest for Time – we discuss how New Series fans can discover the Classic Series, and some of the entry points into it. Episode 2: The Changing Face of _______ – the Watchers sum up the personalities of first two Doctors and compare them to their modern successors. Episode 3: The Children of Time – our panel discusses the role of the companions in early Doctor Who, how that role changes through the years, and once again, compares them to their modern successors. Episode 4: The Evolution of the Daleks – it wouldn’t be Doctor Who without his greatest enemies! We look at their early appearances and discuss the phenomenon that was Dalekmania. Episode 5: The Emergence of the Cybermen – with the Daleks being phased out, the show turned to a secondary “dominant” race of monsters. In this segment, we look back on their early appearances, and how the earliest Cybermen were brought back in the modern era. Episode 6: The Recommendations of Rassilon – finally, we all provide some recommendations of highlights of the first two Doctors for newbies to the black & white era of Doctor.   Links to things mentioned in this episode: Original video version of this podcast: https://youtu.be/Yk5-MpEbQho  The BritTrack’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBritTrackatDragonCon Our DragonCon 2020 panel on Missing Episodes: https://youtu.be/gBUvs6-m0WA UCLAN’s Mission to the Unknown Remount: https://youtu.be/NW8yk-m5Ig8   As usual, you can also follow us and interact with us on our social media accounts - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
We kick off an exceedingly Masterful new season of Doctor Who, as the one and only Robert Holmes is once again called in to helm another soft-reboot with Terror of the Autons! Join us as we discuss the introduction of one of the show’s iconic villains, the return of the Autons, and some of the most unnecessary special effects the show has seen to date!   During the episode, Don fixates on the digestive impact of eggs, Reilly ponders the increasingly antagonistic dynamics between the Brigadier and the Third Doctor, Julie confronts her fear of creepy dolls, and Anthony goes on a tangent about the rank structure of the British military. The whole crew find themselves concerned by the Doctor’s tempestuous attitude throughout this story.   If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from Amazon US as a standalone release (https://amzn.to/2XrV92b) and Amazon UK as part of the Mannequin Mania boxset (https://amzn.to/3lBeEh4).   Other media mentioned in this episode: Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3tSK7is | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3tTgFsx) The X Files: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3h5Y8Em | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3n77nrt) Blake’s 7 – The Complete Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Zh7045 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/39luyGI) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3lE4UTb | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3EvtUEJ) Looney Tunes – The Platinum Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3Aov8z7 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3nRkM7w) Community – The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3hPClB0 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/39hGzwz) Wandavision (Disney+) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3EHSRgz | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3AoUA7V)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
In this bonus episode, “When RPA Goes Wrong,” Anthony and Julie tackle Binary – a Companion Chronicle from Big Finish! This audio features the amazing Caroline John as Liz Shaw, as she battles to escape from a sentient computer that’s fallen into the hands of UNIT.   Join Anthony and Julie as they discuss this story, bringing up subjects as diverse as the ethics of sentient computers, luges, body horror, inhuman screeching, and whether the Doctor’s always right. Julie talks about her professional interaction with bots, and Anthony applies some historical methodology to the script. As usual, we’re highly complimentary of Big Finish’s soundscape (what else would you expect)!?!?   If you would like to listen along with us, this audio is available from bigfinish.com.   Other media mentioned in this episode: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3AXID93 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3AXeGGb) Event Horizon (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3D2w7XM | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/37VOIGA) Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3AVYXXB | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ggiKtb)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
Wow! Another season down, and this one has been wrapped up so soon – so, naturally, we’re embarking on our now-obligatory season retrospective. Season 7 was the beginning of a new era for the show – new Doctor, Earthbound storylines, and the consistent involvement of UNIT. What do the Watchers think of this brave new era – does the change in format pay off, or is it just Quatermass in Doctor Who cosplay?   Along the way, Reilly feels a strong need to act on his MORAL DUTY, Julie finds a way to talk about Jamie (even though he’s not in this season), Anthony comes up with a way to turn the show into Sliders, and Don espouses his love for Professor Stahlman. The entire crew repeatedly slate the music from Doctor Who and the Silurians.   Other media mentioned in this episode: Marvel’s What If (Disney+) Quantum Leap: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2VkD9pG | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3tfHY05) Sliders: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3tflT1w | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3DZBSpF) Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2WXaVBy | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3tjWeEN) The Quatermass Xperiment (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3jRIw88 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/37HHEgt) Quatermass II (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2VNnpvJ | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lZsL1v) Quatermass and the Pit (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3kW0x5y | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3h1BtZK) Kolchak: The Night Stalker: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2WUfKvs | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3h5CZdp) The X Files: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3h5Y8Em | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3n77nrt) The Room (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3BN60SS | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3kV6VtY)   As usual, you can also follow us and interact with us on our social media accounts - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
We’re turning into green werewolves and bringing on the apocalypse, as we tackle a much-loved Pertwee classic in the shape of the one-and-only Inferno! Will the team unanimously love this one, or as the season finale will it be true to form, consistent with the rest of the Season 7 seven-parters, with the Watchers split on their opinions?   Over the course of the episode, Julie ships Greg and Petra, Anthony ships Stahlman and the drillhead, Don complains about the return of his least favourite Doctor Who trope – the bad boss, and Reilly becomes obsessed with the prospect of green demons. The crew discuss the morality of not saving everyone’s parallel universe doppelgangers.   If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US (https://amzn.to/2XUlvdl) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/3koirNV).   Other media mentioned in this episode: Spies Like Us (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3yefqVw | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3mrTJPp) W.A.T. – The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ypeMVr | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3Df1L4g) Dr Strangelove (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/387PP6b | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3keQnwo) Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/38a8G0j | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2WjWPdC) He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ziWDtt | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2WmHjxJ) Chernobyl (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3gtrOuT | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3jfw9Uk) Spaceballs (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2WeS5WY | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3gqxe9O) John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3gumkjz | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3jeiUTO) Flubber (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3koS5LO | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3jdwt5E) Ghostbusters II (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3mvmpHA | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3jg03I2) 1984 (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ychMUH | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3sHpRzC) Scooby Doo Where Are You – The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2WeSMj2 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3zeqTFO) This is Spinal Tap (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3ye4MOs | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3j9zkg1) Verdi’s La Traviata (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3sHdXG9 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2WmilxY)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
This episode, it is our Moral Duty™ to take Quatermass homage to the extreme, engaging in some “Vicious Quatermassturbation” as we discuss The Ambassadors OF DEATH! It’s time for incompetent military forces (possibly including murdering scientists?), conspiracies, and plenty of model sequences!   Over the course of the episode, Don talks miraculously disappearing accents, Reilly finds that he’s unable to say “Taltalian”, Anthony gets nostalgic about UK Gold, and Julie laments the general lack of women on screen. The entire team discuss this serial's rather inconsistent usage of plot-selective radioactivity (or is it actually just good ol' Whitakerian static electricity?).   If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US (https://amzn.to/3g5U0n8) and Amazon UK (https://amzn.to/2VVBBTh).   Other media mentioned in this episode: The A Team: The Complete Collection (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3iM3cPy | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lY7ipI) The Quatermass Xperiment (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3jRIw88 | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/37HHEgt) Quatermass II (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2VNnpvJ | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3lZsL1v) Spies Like Us (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3sljUbt | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3jSS5ng) Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Complete Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2VNSNKA | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/37JfHoE) Lost in Space: The Complete Classic Series (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3m44ffy | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3yQVHfQ) Donovan’s Greatest Hits (Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3sf9w5b | Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3ANzBeN) Air on a G String, by J.S. Bach (YouTube: https://youtu.be/GMkmQlfOJDk) A Whiter Shade of Pale, by Procul Harum (YouTube: https://youtu.be/Mb3iPP-tHdA)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
This episode, we discuss our very first encounter with the other intelligent species from Earth in Doctor Who and the Silurians. Suffice to say that living through a pandemic, we all find ourselves somewhat triggered as we watch a deadly disease spread across England in this one!   During the episode, Reilly talks two-state solutions, Anthony focuses on the “otherness” of the Doctor, Julie gets offended by humans being repeatedly referred to as “apes,” and Don questions why the initial problem of the research facility losing power was considered a UNIT problem. The entire gang questions the wisdom of writing a dinosaur into the script and whether it was actually needed (spoiler: it’s not).   If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US and Amazon UK (at the latter, as part of the “Beneath the Surface” box set).   Other media mentioned in this episode: Death and Doctor Who, by Dave Columbus The New Statesman (Amazon US | Amazon UK) A Very Peculiar Practice (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Rugrats: The Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Chernobyl (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Amazon US | Amazon UK)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
In this bonus episode, “A Bit Pudgy for a Stormtrooper” Anthony, Don, and Reilly take a side step away from Doctor Who and discuss the 1957 film Quatermass 2! This film has been cited as one of the main influences on Season 7 of Doctor Who in general, and specifically on Spearhead from Space.   Along the way, Don discusses how this film influenced an iconic scene from one of his other favourite shows, Anthony is surprised at how the critics were apparently unimpressed by this movie, and Reilly wants to talk about hats. All three of us ruminate on the more gruesome elements of the film, and how these might be amped up if the movie were made today.   If you would like to watch along with us, this film is available in glorious High Definition through both Amazon US and Amazon UK, and is also available for streaming on Shudder.   Other media mentioned in this episode: BBC Quatermass Serials (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Quatermass Xperiment (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Quatermass and the Pit (Amazon US | Amazon UK) X the Unknown (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Curse of Frankenstein (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Them (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Rawhide: The Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Wagon Train: Season 1 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Texan: The Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The League of Gentlemen: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Casino Royale (1967 version) (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Stepford Wives (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Carry On: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Quatermass Experiment (2005) (Amazon US | Amazon UK) House: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Lifeforce (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Prince of Darkness (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Marvel’s The Avengers/Avengers Assemble (Amazon US | Amazon UK)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
We’re back - in glorious colour(!) - as we kick off the Pertwee-era with the very highly regarded Robert Holmes standard Spearhead from Space. Will the Watchers find this story as good as fan opinion would have it? Well, we’re hardly going to spoil that in this blurb, are we!? That said, there is a treat in store for anyone who enjoys Julie’s singing!   During the episode, Anthony ponders the potential for profane language from the UNIT troops, Don talks about how Robert Holmes introduces new lore to the show just to avoid potential plot holes, Reilly discovers his love of the new Doctor’s watch, and Julie fixates on yellow phones. The entire team enters into a love fest over Liz Shaw’s skepticism.   If you would like to watch along with us, this story is available for streaming at both Britbox US and Britbox UK. If you’re a little old fashioned (like Anthony), you can get it on physical media from both Amazon US and Amazon UK.   Other media mentioned in this episode: Will Any Gentleman…? (Amazon UK) Carry On: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Navy Lark: 60th Anniversary Special Edition (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Adam Adamant Lives! (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Terry Nation’s Survivors (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Box of Delights (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Hot Fuzz (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Quatermass 2 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Thunderball (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Dawn of the Dead (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Pete’s Dragon (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Andy Capp at 50 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Doctor Who: The Legacy   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
In this bonus episode, “Will They, Won’t They?” Anthony and Julie discuss the Second and First Doctor cross-over story from Big Finish - Daughter of the Gods, by David K. Barnes. Part of Big Finish’s 20th anniversary celebrations, this was conceived as being done in the style of a hypothetical 5th anniversary special, and features both the First and Second Doctors!   Join us as we discuss the dynamics between the First and Second Doctors, non-linear storytelling, the challenges of vocal ageing, alternate timelines, and the (in)famous Big Finish lunches. If you’d like to listen along with us, the story is available through Big Finish’s website. Also be sure to check out David K. Barnes’ professional website, and his other Big Finish serials: The Dalek Occupation of Winter Breach of Trust (part of the UNIT: Revisitations box set) Divine Intervention (part of the Stranded 1 box set)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
Wrapping up the Troughton era, the Watchers are joined by friend-of-the-podcast Alan Siler for a special retrospective of the entire era, recorded LIVE at Wholanta Virtual TARDIS 2021! Alan takes us through a series of questions about the Troughton era as a whole, asking about everything from comparisons to his predecessor, how the companions work in comparison to each other, and our favourite stories of the era – and much, much more!   During the episode, Anthony talks about the severe inconsistency of Season 6, Don discusses how we’re living in the best possible time for experiencing missing episodes, Reilly once again expresses his disdain for historical adventures, and Julie gets her very last opportunity to express her love of Jamie. The entire group discusses the main differences between the Troughton and Hartnell eras.   Other media mentioned in this episode: The Last Starfighter (Amazon US | Amazon UK) A View to a Kill (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Daughter of the Gods (bigfinish.com)   If you prefer to watch the unedited video version of this episode, it can be found on WhoLanta’s Facebook page.   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
This episode, the Watchers look back on the extreme highs and even more extreme lows of Season 6 in their latest trademark Season retrospective, blending award-show style categories, qualitative measures, and questions put to us by our audience via social media.   Over the course of the episode, Don talks about the destructive impacts of the Quarks on their creators’ careers, Anthony gets himself mixed up between The Dominators and The Krotons (blame the 1990s VHS releases), Julie continues her Jamie obsession (knowing that this is one of her last opportunities to do so), and Reilly completely fails to accurately anticipate who everyone else will choose as “best regular.” Together, the team ponder whether they will ever re-watch The Space Pirates.   Other media mentioned in this episode: The Princess Bride (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Spaceballs (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Sixth Doctor Land of Fiction Trilogy: City of Spires (BigFinish.com) The Wreck of the Titan (BigFinish.com) Legend of the Cybermen (BigFinish.com)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
Episode 60: Hate Squabbling

Episode 60: Hate Squabbling

2021-06-0601:08:38

In this episode, we shed a tear as the end is finally here for the Second Doctor. We discuss the second half of The War Games, as the Games themselves come to their shocking conclusion, and some of the oldest questions on the show are about to get answered...   During the episode, Anthony asks how the Doctor has suddenly lost the ability to speak French, Reilly ponders whether Steve Jobs stole the War Lord’s style, Julie talks the differences between Jamie and Arturo’s treatment of women, and Don questions whether the War Lord’s plan actually makes sense. The entire crew discuss the extremely blatant sexual tension between the War Chief and the Security Chief, and how this devolves into what we can only describe as “hate squabbling.”   For those of you who want to watch along with us, this story is available on DVD (Amazon US | Amazon UK), as well as through the BritBox streaming service (US link | UK link)   Other media mentioned in this episode: Community (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The New Statesman (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The James Bond Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Original Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Hellraiser (Amazon US | Amazon UK) John Oliver – Adam Driver/Kylo Ren thirst (YouTube) Doctor Who: Devious (YouTube) Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody music video (YouTube)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
The end is nigh for the Second Doctor as the TARDIS crew arrive in what appears to be World War One, but not all is as it seems… Continuing our journey through all of Doctor Who, we discuss the first half of the absolute epic that is The War Games, as we start preparing to bid farewell to some familiar faces…   During the episode, Reilly finds himself disappointed by the fact that Doctor von Werr doesn’t make one last return, Anthony gets to use his history degrees, Don sets a new record in how quickly he derails the conversation, and Julie gets exasperated at everyone else’s constant digressions. The entire crew discusses the commentary that this story provides on the entire Troughton era.   For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD (Amazon US | Amazon UK), as well as through the BritBox streaming service (US link | UK link)   Other media mentioned in this episode: Oh! What a Lovely War (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Oliver! (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Dad’s Army: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Z Cars: Complete Collection One and Two (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Blackadder: The Ultimate Edition (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Red Dwarf IV (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Saint: The Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Prisoner (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The IT Crowd: The Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) True Blood: Season 1 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Nicholas & Alexandra (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Spy Who Loved Me (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Jumanji (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Angry German (YouTube)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
In this bonus episode, “Cozy, Stress Free, and Kind of Silly,” Anthony sat down with animator, writer, producer, and actor David Busch for a chat about his work, including on the animations of Shada, The Macra Terror, and the special edition of The Power of the Daleks.   David’s work can be found at the following locations: David’s website Metalocalypse: Season 2 (Amazon US) Marvel Knights: Black Panther (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Road to El Dorado (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Doctor Who: Shada (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Doctor Who: The Macra Terror (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks Special Edition (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Doctor Who Animation Test 2008 (YouTube) Blake (YouTube)   Other media mentioned in this episode: The Infamous Max Headroom Hack (YouTube) Doctor Who – The Invasion (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Ray Harryhausen: The Ultimate 7 Film Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Godzilla – the Showa Era Films (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Star Trek: Lower Decks (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Big Mouth (Netflix)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
This episode, we bring to you our discussion of a story that is, in the eyes of fandom, one of the worst stories of all time. Seriously, in Doctor Who Magazine’s 50th Anniversary poll, it came in at 7th last. It’s also the last story to have missing episodes. That’s right, it’s the one and only The Space Pirates! Will we find it as bad as accepted wisdom would have it?   Over the course of the episode, Don questions the justice system of the time that this is set in, Julie continues to fangirl over Jamie, Anthony questions the decision to merge the pirate and cowboy genres and then set the whole thing in space, and Reilly gets the name of The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon wrong and attempts to fix in post-production with some hilariously bad dubbing. As a group, the crew ponders the potential of a The Adventures of Milo Clancy spin-off.   For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is sadly missing. The surviving episode is available through the Lost in Time DVD Box Set (Amazon US | Amazon UK), while the soundtracks of the missing episodes are available in The Lost TV Episodes Collection 5 Box Set (Amazon US | Amazon UK). This is story sadly not available for streaming (given that it’s missing), and we don’t want to be naughty by linking directly to the Loose Canon reconstruction, but we’re sure that you all know how to look things up on Dailymotion *cough!*   Other media mentioned in this episode: Z Cars (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Inseminoid (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Thunderbirds: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) UFO: The Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Spaceballs (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Count Duckula: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Blake’s 7: The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Looney Tunes: Golden Collection – Volumes 1-6 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Firefly (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Sanford & Son: Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) WarGames (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Godzilla (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Ennio Morricone Collected (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Mandalorian (Disney+)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
This episode, we discuss the first return of everyone’s favourite lizardmen as the show revisits the base-under-siege genre in The Seeds of Death! Will the Watchers enjoy it better than their debut adventure? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!   Over the course of the episode, Anthony questions why the T-Mat base on the Moon has a hall of mirrors, Don discusses his theory about rear-end size being the status ultimate symbol of the Ice Warriors (#THICC), Julie continues her Jamie love-fest, and Reilly questions how the Ice Warriors’ react to temperature. The entire crew talks traumatic stress and the effective way that it’s represented in this story.   For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this special edition of this story is available on DVD as an individual release through Amazon US, and as part of the Revisitations 2 box set through Amazon UK. This is story is also available to stream through Britbox US and Britbox UK.   Other media mentioned in this episode: Out of the Unknown (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Survivors – Complete Original Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Blake’s 7 – The Complete Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Z Cars - Complete Collection 1 & 2 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Apollo 13 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Best of Benny Hill (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Fly (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Charlie Chaplin Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Complete Buster Keaton Short Films (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Die Hard: 5 Movie Collection (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Futurama – Season 1-8 (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (Amazon US | Amazon UK)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
This episode, we discuss the script debut of the legendary writer Robert Holmes, in a story where a group of students use the power of acid to overthrow their educational overlords! Surprisingly, it’s not footage of student riots from the 1960s – it’s actually The Krotons! Over the course of the episode, Don gets passionate about canon, Reilly contemplates the hours of fun that would be a Kroton video game, Julie tries to make sense of why the Gonds never previously rose up against the Krotons, and Anthony gives a mini history lesson. The entire team discusses how utterly terrible and nonsensical the Krotons’ method of powering their spacecraft actually is. For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. This is story is also available to stream through Britbox US and Britbox UK.   Other media mentioned in this episode: Star Trek: The Original Series – The Complete Series (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Star Trek: The Next Generation (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Star Wars: A New Hope (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Lego Movie (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Best of Ancient Aliens (Amazon US | Amazon UK) H.G. Wells – The Time Machine (Amazon US | Amazon UK)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
This episode, the Watchers in the Fourth Dimension pick up where they left off last time, with the TARDIS crew still trying to figure out what’s really happening, and an Invasion still on the horizon, as we discuss the second half of the Troughton-era epic that is The Invasion!   Over the course of our discussion, Don casts doubt on Isobel’s photography skills, Reilly talks Cyber branding, Julie helpfully keeps track of all the up-kilt filming attempts (quelle surprise!), and Anthony gets an early start on the UNIT dating question. Additionally, the entire team can’t help but rave about their love of Kevin Stoney as Tobias Vaughn.   For those of you who want to watch this along with us, this story is available on DVD through both Amazon US and Amazon UK. This is story is also available to stream through Britbox US and Britbox UK.   Other media mentioned in this episode: Scooby-Doo, Where are You!: The Complete First and Second Seasons (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Star Wars (Amazon US | Amazon UK) Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who, edited by R. Alan Siler & Drew Meyer (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Spy Who Loved Me Soundtrack (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The Smiths – The World Won’t Listen (Amazon US | Amazon UK) The British Grenadiers (YouTube)   Finally, you can also follow us and interact with us on various forms of social media - Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also e-mail us at watchers4d@gmail.com. If you’re enjoying this podcast, please subscribe to the show, and leave us a rating or review.
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