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Our 11 weeks for 11 Doctor countdown brings us to everyone’s favorite cosmic hobo, the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton’s era!
Join @TravelVortex, @VortexKeith, @VortexGlenn & @VortexShaun as they tweet along to The Dominators starting at Midnight CST!
Keep an eye out for the hashtags #FridayNightWho & #TheDominators
Plus, our review of the Seventh Doctor and Ace mass confusion and randomness known as Ghostlight.
Then, Mel takes a turn with Seven in the Big Finish audio drama, The Fires of Vulcan.
We’ll look at some other news and reports this week, and of course, your feedback.
That’s right after much speculation of episodes being found it was announced that 9 episodes of Patrick Troughton’s Era have been recovered:
Film recordings of eleven episodes of Doctor Who – nine of which were considered ‘lost’ – have been discovered in Nigeria.
All six episodes of The Enemy of the World and five of The Web of Fear were found by Phillip Morris, director of Television International Enterprises Archive, in a television relay station in Jos, central Nigeria.
Morris tracked records of shipments made by the BBC to Africa, that contained tapes for transmission. BBC Worldwide is currently re-mastering these episodes to restore them to the fantastic quality that audiences expect from Doctor Who.
You can now purchase them on iTunes right now.
They will also be released on DVD, but no word on a US release date for either.
Below are two trailers for the stories and for MUCH more information visit www.doctorwho.tv
Featuring the Second Doctor
By Shaun Collins
The pain was the surprising thing. He knew the change was happening, he’d experienced it once before. Of course, that had been incoming, not outgoing. Who knew regeneration could hurt quite so much? It was a bit like dying.
The truly unfair and agonizing part though, was that it wasn’t his choice. Not that any Time Lord got to choose the time of their regenerations (there were a few capable of the feat, but not many) but this was a punishment forced on him by the stagnant, bureaucratic Gallifreyan Time Lord regime. The one he’d run from to begin with.
It wasn’t fair.
Just as he’d resigned himself to it, the pain stopped. The Doctor took stock and opened his eyes.
He was still in the tribunal chamber of the Time Lords. He was still standing against the wall being frowned at by the buffoons, and—most surprisingly—if the mirrored surface behind their scowling faces was accurate, he was still him.
His features hadn’t changed.
He supposed he should have been grateful, he supposed maybe even a little humble.
Instead he started shouting.
“What’s the meaning of this? Can’t you even perform a simple forced regeneration without mucking it up? No wonder I left. Of all the idiotic, imbecilic…” The Doctor trailed off, realizing no one had moved. No one had even blinked. The man standing before him—what was his name? The Junior Councilor? Goth? And there was another insult to injury, how dare they demean him by having a Junior Councilor in charge of the trail?
“Calm yourself, Doctor.” Came a new voice, cutting through his thoughts.
The Doctor whirled, quite surprised to see a man standing behind him with his arms folded before him, dressed in ornate Time Lord robes.
“Who are you?”
“My name is Coordinator Vansell.”
“Coordinator of what?”
“The Celestial Intervention Agency.”
“CIA? Never heard of you.” The Doctor huffed. “And what does the CIA do?”
“Much like yourself, we intervene.”
“Intervene? In what?”
“Places, situations, lives.”
“I’m being put on trial and sentenced to exile for intervening and there’s a whole agency dedicated to the practice?”
“Well, not yet, but there will be.” Vansell said.
The comment seemed to deflate the Doctor’s anger a bit. He turned away from Vansell and looked at the tribunal, still frozen inexplicably where they stood. “You’re projecting from the future, aren’t you? Must be an enormous power drain.”
“It is. Which is why I’d like to get the point of my contacting you. I’ve come with an offer…”
“We’re calling it ‘Project 6B’”
“Nonsense. 6B? What gibberish is that?” The Doctor complained. But Vansell could see he was intrigued.
“We need you, Doctor. As even my illustrious predecessors surmised,” He said, indicating the tribunal, “there is evil in the universe that must be fought, wrongs to be righted, dangers to be faced. The Time Lords of this time are far to ridged with their idealistic dogma to allow for such thinking. But I come from a more… enlightened time. We think you are the man for the job.”
“Oh, I see.” The Doctor said, mulling it over. “And does this mean commuting my sentence?”
“More of a postponement. I’m afraid we cannot offer clemency.”
“But… well that’s outrageous! Why should I agree to such ridiculous terms? Why I have half a mind to-“
“Please Doctor, you’re hardly in a position to argue or threaten, and as I’ve said, my time is short. We can do nothing about your sentence, because from our perspective, you’ve already served it. Altering the time stream in that way would be catastrophic and unforgivable. BUT, if we were to lift you out of your current time stream and allow you to work for us for a while, in our present, then return you to your time…”
“You’d be breaking the laws of time!” Said the Doctor.
“Nonsense. At most we’d be bending them a little.”
The Doctor had his finger raised, mouth open as if to launch into another argument, but paused mid-thought, obviously considering. “Yes, I suppose that might be allowed.”
“What do you say, Doctor?”
The Doctor clasped his hands behind his back and began to bounce on the balls of his feet. “I’ll need access to the Tardis. My Tarids.”
“With a few modifications, of course.” Agreed Vansell. “We’d have to be able to keep in contact with you.”
The Doctor frowned. “Hrmm. Well yes, yes of course. Oh, and Jamie and Zoe. I couldn’t possibly go anywhere without them.”
“I’m afraid at the moment, that’s not possible—“ The Doctor made to cut him off, but Vansell rushed to finish, “but perhaps we can make that allowance in the future.”
The Doctor dropped back onto his heels and brought his hands back in front of him, fiddling his fingers. He looked a bit like a petulant child. “Oh crumbs. And when my service is done?”
“You’ll be returned to this very second to continue on your normal journey through time.”
“Will I remember? Or will you wipe my mind too?”
“I know the answer my cohorts would give. I’d prefer to tell you we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
“I see. What if I refuse?”
“I sever the link, time resumes moving forward and you go into exile with your new face and persona.”
The Doctor shuddered, remembering the swirling faces before him and the hideous one the Time Lords had chosen for him. “Best to postpone that disaster as long as possible. I accept.” He gave a little bow. “Now what?”
“You go to your Tardis, and we’ll bring you to us.” Vansell said, smiling. For some reason, the Doctor was reminded of a shark. “Oh, and Doctor? Welcome aboard.”
After a slight delay, this week’s show is now on the feeds. In this episode, we get a little long winded and discuss the Second Doctor’s era. This is our 50th anniversary retrospective on the Patrick Troughton era, and Second Doctor materials, starting with a trip to the Land of Fiction in The Mind Robber.
Then, Frazer Hines takes the reins and a turn as the Doctor, sort of, with the Big Finish and AudioGO adventure Doctor Who – Shadow of Death.
And finally we wrap up the review portion with the second story in the IDW comic series Doctor Who – Prisoner of Time.
Sorry, this is a long one this week.
Then a look back at the entire run of the Second Doctor, including our picks for the story that best represents the Second Doctor.
Also, a look at some of the news of the week.
And, of course, your feedback.
Ah. That time of year when you can smell New Who on the air like the coming of Spring, and all my scheduling work goes out the window and has to be cobbled together last minute to take those new episodes into account. Oh well.
Tonight’s Friday Night Who (3/22) is part of our monthly celebration of the second Doctor, “The Mind Robber”.
Episode #117 of Traveling The Vortex is all things second Doctor, and will include our reviews of “The Mind Robber”, IDW’s comic “Prisoners Of Time 2”, Big Finish: Destiny Of The Doctor 2: Shadows Of Death, our look back over the 2nd Doctor Era for our 50th Anniversary Discussion, and, if Keith gets it read in time, his review of the book “The Moonbase”
Friday Night Who on 3/29 gears us up for the new season by revisiting Matt Smith in “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day Of The Moon”…
…which leaves TTV #118 reserved to devote our full attention to “The Bells Of St. John”.
On 4/5 FNW revisits “Doctor Who: The Movie” in celebration of Daphne Ashbrook coming to Planet Comicon that weekend.
Look for updates all weekend long, (and maybe a few special exclusives too,) but we’ll give you the full scoop on Planet Comicon 2013 in episode #119, as well as start the month of April with our celebration of Jon Pertwee’s third Doctor by reviewing IDW Comic’s “Prisoners Of Time 3”.
FNW 4/12 is “The Waters Of Mars” with tenth Doctor David Tennant.
Because of the hugeness of Planet Comicon, you may have noticed we didn’t review the new episode of Who last week. Well fret not, because you’ll get a two-fer in Traveling The Vortex #120, covering both “The Rings Of Akhaten”, and “The Cold War”.
and the plot thickens…
For this week’s celebration of second Doctor Patrick Troughton, our Friday Night Who will be the 5 part story, “The Mind Robber”.
It’s available on Netflix, so if you don’t own it and still want to join in the fun, follow @vortexglenn, @vortexshaun, @VortexKeith and @travelvortex for the live tweet-a-long, look for the #FridayNightWho and #TheMindRobber hashtags, and push play at midnight, CDT.
In this week’s episode, we flashback to the Fifth Doctor’s era with two stories. First, he’s joined by Tegan and Turlough for an adventure to 13th century England for The King’s Demons. Then we travel even further back, this time with Nyssa as we land on Traken for the Big Finish audio story, Primeval.
Also, a look at the second installment in The Doctor’s Revisited series airing this year on BBC America, this time with a focus on the Second Doctor’s era.
Plus, an update (sort of) on Gallifrey One registration, and other topics of interest in the news.
And, of course, your feedback!
We’ve tweaked the upcoming schedule a bit to line up better with our 50th Anniversary plans, so for those of you following along at home, here’s an update for the next month or so…
The first week of March (3/1) we’ll finish “The Reign Of Terror” (parts 4-6) on Friday Night Who.
Traveling The Vortex #114 is our First Doctor retrospective. We’ll discuss “The Reign Of Terror”, give our thoughts on the values of these and other animated episodes, as well as cover the first Doctor era (that we’ve reviewed to date).
Friday Night Who on 3/8 is “The King’s Demons” with fifth Doctor Peter Davison.
TTV #115 covers our reviews of “The King’s Demons” and Big Finish #26 “Primeval”.
Come celebrate my birthday on 3/15 with Tom Baker in “The Ark In Space”.
Traveling The Vortex #116 will have our reviews of “The Ark In Space” and our first foray into the Big Finish 4th Doctor Adventures; #1 “Destination: Nerva”.
On 3/22 our Friday Night Who will be the 2nd Doctor Patrick Troughton in “The Mind Robber”.
And episode #117 will be our Second Doctor retrospective, and have our reviews of the “The Mind Robber” as well as IDW’s comic “Prisoners Of Time” issue 2, and Big Finish’s Shadow of Death (Destiny Of The Doctor 2).
That rams us right up against the new series starting.
(SPOILERS AHEAD) I’m still fleshing things out from that point on, but if the scuttlebutt is to be believed, the first episode of the return of series seven deals with ghosts. I’d love to pair up the seventh Doctor adventure “Ghost Light” with that one, but we’ll wait and see if things get a bit more nailed down in the coming weeks.
Another episode hits the feed, this time we have a little fun with our review of the Second Doctor story, The Krotons. One of the final outings for Jamie, Zoe, and The Doctor, the Krotons was released in North America on DVD for the first time just this week.
Then a review of the Big Finish audio play The Land of the Dead, featuring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa.
Also, San Diego Comic-Con was in the news this week with lot’s of Doctor Who presence throughout. A look at some of the panels that Team TARDIS members turned up on over the weekend.
And of course your feedback. Enjoy!
Links mentioned in this week’s show:
Oh, and something mentioned to Shaun in the show was “It’s not for you!” This is where it comes from. WARNING – DOES CONTAIN ADULT THEMES AND STRONG LANGUAGE.
The Shag-A-Rant: It’s Not For You
Tonight we will be watching the JUST RELEASED in North America on DVD “The Krotons”, starting second Doctor Patrick Troughton. Please join us on twitter for the conversation, you can find us at @vortexglenn, @VortexKeith, @vortexshaun and @travelvortex. Look for the hashtags #TheKrotons and #FridayNightWho. We push play at midnight, CDT!
On this week’s show we continue to look at renegade Time Lords as we focus our review on the final Second Doctor story – The War Games. We’ll talk about the departure of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, as well as a goodbye to his two faithful companions, Zoe and Jamie.
Also, in feedback we get a little off track to answer some very insightful questions from one of our devout listeners.
And a look at the news… albeit a very slow week in the Doctor Who universe.
John Travolta – Time Traveler?
Nicolas Cage – Vampire?
Surely there’s a FACE/OFF joke to be made here somewhere?
And now, Matt Smith playing with his hair…
And Matt Smith playing with the Beatles?
Steven Moffat’s reaction on Twitter:
For this week’s Friday Night Who we’re finishing Patrick Troughton’s swan song The War Games as we continue our look at Rogues and Renegades. We hit play on episode 6 starting at Midnight CDT!
Follow @travelvortex, @vortexshaun, @VortexKeith and @vortexglenn for the live tweet-a-long, and look for the #FridayNightWho and #TheWarGames hashtags.