It is with mucho balls of awesomeness that I share with you my great joy and happiness in acquring the First Doctor story The Time Meddler on DVD!
Not only did I get First Doctor goodness in a comic book the other week, I got me some First Doctor surviving episode goodness and sucked it up and loved it!
In the previous story, the last of the original companions, Barbara and Ian, have made their way back to 1965 Earth and we are now left with Vicki traveling with the Doctor. And they discover that there's a stowaway aboard the TARDIS from the previous episdeo The Chase.
Yup! As a companion leaves a new one quickly takes his/her place in Who and Steven is now a companion.
And with this story we get the very first appearance of another Time Lord... though such names really don't exist yet within the Whoniverse.
The Meddling Monk is introduced here trying to... well... "meddle" with English history in 1066. Cause ya know... if your name is the Meddling Monk you gotsta meddle in something.
Anyway, this is also the first time we get to see another TARDIS too! With a working chameleon circuit to boot.
Lotsa bad crazy Viking and proto-English running around in on sets too.
I totally loved it!!! But then again, I take what First Doctor goodness as I can because there ain't much of it left!
Thankfully, the Monk will reappear in the mostly lost The Dalek's Master Plan and the Doctor will totally fuck with him again.
And because of the way that story ends, would could conclude that The Meddling Monk was likely to have survived the Time War.
At least I hope so.
I so would love a regenerated Monk who comes back as say The Crazy Vicar or the Uproarious Rabbi. I think every regeneration would be some other variation on clergy.
Man... with the right casting of a decent comedian, you could get a lot of mileage out of him now!
While the The Master is the Doctor's Lex Luthor... the Crazy Vicar would be more of the Doctor's Mister Mxyztplk.
Please Steven Moffat... please... let me work on your new Who... pretty please... and a pointless Coupling/Who crossover!!!
If I can make the Transformers and Knots Landing work together, I can make anything work together!
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On a side note, I'm really pissed I'll never be able to see The Myth Makers. Damn you 1970s BBC! Damn you all to hell!
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And that brings me to the Fifth Doctor story Black Orchid.
There isn't enough percocet or alcohol in the world to make me forget these awful 1980's Who stories I've seen.
This is an unusual story because it is only 2-parts, a rarity for Who up to that point, but man oh man is it an awful example of Who in general.
It feels like the BBC had a bunch of costumes they were going to throw out and Who needed a cheap epsisode and this was how they did it.
As we were watching it, I was actually predicting each story movement and was pretty much right on. It is that bad!
And also, quality acting and dialog from Adric too! His being eaten by the dinosaurs won't come soon enough!