Season 23: The Trial of a Time Lord
Posted Jul 9, 2010 @ 6:15 PM
Also notable for its very first shot, an epic pan around a very impressive model that was the most expensive thing the show had ever done up to that time.
Posted Jul 9, 2010 @ 7:44 PM
And for what it's worth, I think episode 13 is the single best episode of Who ever, Old School or Nu.
Posted Jul 11, 2010 @ 5:56 PM
Posted Jul 11, 2010 @ 6:51 PM
Having said that, I think the last 10 minutes of episode 8 are chilling. First we see Peri selected to die for purely random reasons (I find that last shot of her tied to an operating table, gagged and yet still screaming as her hair is being cut off quite terrifying), and then the trial team talk the Doctor through why they have to kill everyone in that room. The Valeyard wastes no time in pointing out that the Doctor is quite legimately to blame for this fiasco - he ignored Peri saying she didn't want to be there at the start of the the story - and then we see Kiv waking up in Peri's body, which is then gunned down by another hero.
Cue a fade to white, and the Doctor's horrified realisation that "You've killed Peri..." Rubbish story, excellent death. Shame that JNT didn't have the balls to let the character stay dead.
Posted Jul 12, 2010 @ 10:17 AM
I love Terror of the Vervoids. Colin is great in this one. I also liked Mel, a companion who rarely complained during her time traveling with the Doctor. Even though most fans don't seem care for her, I felt that Mel was very proactive in this story. I can't imagine how companions like Tegan or Peri would have fared if they had been in this one.
The Ultimate Foe was a decent story at first, but then it became somewhat contrived in the final episode.
Posted Jul 13, 2010 @ 11:52 AM
Posted Jul 13, 2010 @ 4:23 PM
Having said that, if we're meant to believe we're seeing a possible future for the Doctor, a Matrix projection of what the Doctor will do if he's acquited, then it wouldn't need to be explained because the jury is all made of Time Lords - they understand all of this timey-wimey stuff automatically!! Oh, that's good, I've been annoyed by that since 1986, and now there's an answer!!!
Posted Jul 15, 2010 @ 12:44 AM
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Posted Sep 3, 2011 @ 7:42 PM
I thought Terror of the Vervoids was an entertaining story. The Doctor had a chance to be charming and infuriating. He managed to figure things out without sticking a sonic screwdriver in the air. I liked the translator thing that I barely caught. I'm glad they caught the fact that the Doctor essentially committed genocide, even though the judge seemed to ignore that since the Doctor just saved a bunch of Time Lords.
Posted May 25, 2012 @ 2:35 PM
However I do mostly like the stories within the trial and both Peri and Mel aren't the worst companions at all. I liked Peri thinking more about going home, her banter with Ycranos and I was pretty horrified to see her taken over by Lord Kiv (even if it never actually happened).
Also, I bloody think Mel is awesome. I know there was a shit load of criticism with Bonnie Langford's casting but I think both her and Colin Baker worked so well with each other and Six/Mel was a nice contrast to Six/Peri, though I do find both dynamics interesting enough.
Pretty meh on the Valeyard overall as a villain (new series did it better with Dream Lord) but in some ways, it actually was a defining season for the Sixth Doctor, who is one of my favourites.
Ranking the stories though I'd say - Mindwarp, The Ultimate Foe, Terror Of The Vervoids and The Mysterious Planet.