January 11th, 2011


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Whoniversaries 11 January

i) births and deaths

11 January 1941: birth of Malcolm Terris, who played Etnin in The Dominators (Second Doctor, 1968) and the Co-pilot in The Horns of Nimon (Fourth Doctor, 1980).

11 January 1995: death of Peter Pratt, who played the Master in The Deadly Assassin (Fourth Doctor, 1976).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

11 January 1964: broadcast of "The Ambush", fourth episode of hte story we now call The Daleks. The Doctor and friends escape the Dalek city, and the Thals are ambushed by the Daleks; the Doctor realises that the Daleks still have the mercury fluid link.

11 January 1969: broadcast of third episode of The Krotons. The Doctor and Zoe prepare to attack the Krotons, who still hold Jamie prisoner in the Dynotrope.

11 January 1975: broadcast of third episode of Robot. Sarah goes the the Scientific Reform Society and discovers that Kettlewell is one of the conspirators. Hild Winters and Think Tank retreat to their bunker.

11 January 1982: broadcast of third episode of Castrovalva. The Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa explore Castrovalva; but the captive Adric makes an appearance and the town starts to fold in on itself...

11 January 1983: broadcast of third episode of Arc of Infinity. The Doctor's execution has been faked by Hedin, who is under the control of Omega.
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While I have been diligently logging anniversaries and rewatches, I'm behind with my logging of recent Who. Quinnis tells the story of how the First Doctor and Susan almost lost the Tardis, as mentioned in a throwaway line in The Edge of Destruction, and now at last told through the pen of Marc Platt. It's a good adventure - unusually penetrable compared to some of Platt's more complex scripts, and Carole Ann Ford (reprising Susan, and the narrative voice) and Tara-Louise Kaye (playing Meedla) successfully evoke an alien world with a pre-industrial culture, very peculiar architecture and even weirdly bird life. Given that it is set before the first televised Who story, no knowledge of continuity is demanded of the listener.

However, Collapse ) Also Tara-Louise Kaye is a bit uncertain as the guest cast, but we are told in the extras track that she was unwell on the day of recording. (Also that she is Carole Ann Ford's daughter.) And I thought it odd that a story set before the recent Eighth Doctor audio Relative Dimensions should be released after it.

So, rather oddly, an audio that I would recommend more strongly to listeners with no knowledge of Who than to those more familiar with the relevant continuity.