Timelash!

Apr. 3rd, 2011 09:32 pm
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Liveblog! Well, liveblog part 2, and a summary of thoughts on part 1





Why does everyone think this is the worst Who story ever? So far it's a bit campy but also lolarious in parts and sinister and the actors are clearly having a fantastic time hamming it up.

I love the shots of the Borad; they are almost Davros-like in their circumspection aren't they? Dude is evil and sentences people to death by Time Corridor. But lets them provide exposition before they die first. aw.

Peri and Six! Now with belts!

"How's that line doing?" "It's breaking up!" "Tell me immediately if any part of it goes off the screen!" See, this is how helping the Doctor really would be. Reminds me of the zig-zag plotter. "Take two steps to your right, and pull it again!" Bwa ha ha ha!

Poor Vina. Though she has the right idea, steal the amulet and throw it in the time corridor. I love how she just kind of wafted through the TARDIS and then got thrown off course to 1885.

Peri has a very good point. Why display plants that attack you with acid? Still, very Chekov for her to use them to get away from the guard. And then she escapes onto the set of "The Wiz".

Herbert. Mother-you-know-what those were "Morlocks" in the future society weren't they? Which makes Herbert H.G. Welles, doesn't it? OMFG THAT IS AWESOME. I love how he thinks Vina's a spirit and I love Six's reaction. "You'll have to excorcise me another day." Also good on you, Vina, for speaking out against the Doctor leaving you behind in what is obviously much more your fight than his.

H.G. Welles is in the TARDIS. "Do you know it's bigger on the inside?" BWA!

In the meantime, the new puppet leader starts a war with... um, puppets (very sad-looking snakey puppets, actually they are kind of cool), Peri is menaced by a nasty brachiousaurus, an android spontaneously appears and then spontaneously combusts, and Peri is caught by rebels. Who are then caught right back by the bee-keeper guards.

Doctor, you appear to have not thought this through very well though. At least you know, leave the amulet locked away in the TARDIS. You've got nothing to bargain with!

Oh six! "Microcephalic Apostate!" What happens if they throw him into the time corridor? How is he gonna get out of this? Good thing this episode is 26 years old and I can just start part 2!

Part 2!

Those smurf androids are freaky in the way that only eighties aliens can be freaky.

LOL MIRROR DANCE!!!!

And of course the Doctor will enter the Time lash!

And Peri is collared. Literally.

Why do all the baddies want Peri alive.

Vina: is it safe? Um, one guess. NO!

Now he's in a giant crystal cave. Holy heck they must've blown their whole considerable budget on foam crystals and tinsel. And that monster from before.

Wait what is he doing again? Something with crystals. "Gotcha!" Ha, Eleven, don't you have any new material?

Now Peri is in jail.

LOL LOL THEY ARE STRADDLING CRYSTALS!!!! LOL. You know this story would actually make a really good audio.

I recognize that guy who plays Borat. his voice, maybe? Who is that?

Cybermonk! He's not the Borad! He's just a convenient face.

Poor Peri, still sitting in jail. What's on her chest? She totally gets the short end of the stick in these episodes.

Don't kill Stephen Moffat! No!

I love this meilin tekka guy, he is positively slimy and evil.

The androids look like they are almost wearing Five's fancy dress costume from the Black Orchid, if it got sent through the wash and then used as paint coveralls.

Ah ha ha ha the Doctor can make himself invisible!!! Well, delayed anyway. Six, you are so clever :D

Science. Fiction. That dude is SO H.G. Welles.

And the snake people are attacking!

OHO That's where the android came from! Timey-wimey! That is awesome.

Man, Peri always gets the worst from these adventures! Lizard food? Boo!

LOL Jon Pertwee! They have a picture of Jon Pertwee! This is crack but it is awesome crack! So here's a question then, is there really a previous adventure on this planet? Or did they just write a backstory to go with the... frontstory?

Herbert listens just as well as any companion, I see.

LOL I love Six. "Don't worry about me, Doctor." "I'm not!"

Showdown! Doctor vs. Borad! Who wins? Borad is an evil scientist mutated from a failed experiment. He has intellect now "but hardly the looks to match," hahaha Six.

Dude is FREAKY LOOKING! Like half horse, half lizard, with a bit of mime thrown in. Actually that is a really good makeup job.

"Do shut up and go away!" Ha.

OMG tekka you are an idiot. Borad agrees with me.

Oh fuck. NOW we know why he wants Peri. And what that thing is on her chest. EVERY FREAKING TIME!!! *sighs* Poor Peri. If I was her I'd totally want to go home after creepifying stalkery mutant-who-wants-to-bed-me the first.

OH, now he's pissing Six off.

"Oh very scientific! I mean, you have a really controlled experiment there!" WHY DO PEOPLE HATE THIS EPISODE? IT IS AWESOME!

Dude totally deserved that. He brought it on himself.

Um, that spaceship. Yeah.

Wait, Peri wasn't even tied up? wth Peri?

Suppositories! In! Space!

And the Doctor's gonna go try and stop the missile from hitting the planet, and he doesn't want Peri there and we know he's blustering and citing dictionary definitions but oh my it looks really like he cares about her doesn't it?

Also I really like Peri's jacket. I could totes do a Peri outfit from this episode.

Herbert! Hahahahahaha! "To be perfectly frank, Herbert, when I go, thoughts of you will be very low on my list of regrets." LOL. I bet he wouldn't think that if he knew we'd be losing out on that book, and the crappy movie with Jeremy Irons....

Holy shit the borad's still alive1!!! What happened? How did he survive? Shit, he was cloned! clever clogs, hah.

"Don't I have a say in this?" Poor Peri. Very phantom of the opera. And, okay, a bit cringeworthy there, but nowhere near as corny as "let's diffuse the android bomb with love."

LOL he's the loch ness monster isn't he??? Hahahahaha! The Loch Ness Monster's name is Borad. Of course it is.

And yes, Herbert is H.G. Wells (I've been spelling it wrong). And of course the TARDIS survives. She's indestructible!

In short, um, okay, I may be rather easy to please or something, but I loved that episode. If that's the worst Who has to offer, well, I'd say it's in pretty good shape.

Date: 2011-04-04 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
Well... It's better than "The Twin Dilemma," anyway. :)

So here's a question then, is there really a previous adventure on this planet? Or did they just write a backstory to go with the... frontstory?

Nope, they just made that up for this ep. Which is something I actually kind of like.

Date: 2011-04-04 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Currently it's warring with the crack that is "The Mysterious Planet" as my favorite Six episode. Hm, I haven't watched Revelation of the Daleks yet though. And I've only watched the first two eps of Trial of a Time Lord. I think I started watching the Ultimate Foe but haven't finished yet. Mel Bush just kind of appeared out of nowhere didn't she?
Edited Date: 2011-04-04 02:00 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-04 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
That may be a unique opinion. :)

And, yeah, Mel does just kind of... appear. Actually, thinking too hard about where the heck Mel comes from will only give you a headache.

Date: 2011-04-04 02:03 am (UTC)
clocketpatch: A small, innocent-looking red alarm clock, stuck forever at 10 to 7. (Default)
From: [personal profile] clocketpatch
I've now got the urge to watch this one again. I remember liking its utter cheese when I watch it and the random Pertwee. They made some stuff up in attempt to break from continuity or something? Except there were no re-runs in those days so people were just confused and thought they were referring to some continuity they'd never seen.

Date: 2011-04-04 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Hell, they did that in Farscape too, where at the start of season 4 they just inserted some scenes into the "previously on Farscape" recap bit that they totally didn't show at all in season 3. That was when I started getting worried...

And wasn't Pertwee like twelve years prior?

Date: 2011-04-04 08:00 am (UTC)
lost_spook: (dw - Six & Peri)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
LOL. I don't think Timelash is a great serial, but it is a LOT of fun to watch, I agree. :-) Herbert is sweet, Peri has a decent outfit and the Borad is very good. And then there's tinsel and glove puppets and Paul Darrow auditioning for Richard III in space. (I was actually given this one on video as a present by a non-DW watching friend who told me she had been going to buy me the TV MOvie, but had heard it was rubbish, so, she proudly said, she got me that one instead. :-D I was v good and did not laugh at all.)

Maylin Tekker (Paul Darrow) is also Avon in Blake's 7. His performance in this is reputed to be revenge on Colin Baker for being a little OTT several years earlier when guesting in B7. (Sorry, I am a little bit of a B7 fanatic these days. I haven't rewatched Timelash since seeing that, tho'and my new reaction will probably be incoherent AVON AVON HUNCHBACKED RCIHARD III AVON IN A WIG. Fighting glove puppets. Oh well, nothing new there... It will add to the fun.)

ETA: Because I got slightly incoherent just at the thought of rewatching it post-B7. *rolls eyes*
Edited Date: 2011-04-04 08:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-05 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
One of these days I'm going to have to watch Blake's 7. And hahaha, if given a choice between Timelash and the movie, I don't know which one I'd pick...

Date: 2011-04-06 06:19 pm (UTC)
lost_spook: (b7 - Avon)
From: [personal profile] lost_spook
Well, B7 is well worth a watch, but obviously Classic Who is much more important (especially as B7 is really a spin-off show. Sort of. *cough*)! :-)

Heh, I did LOL once she had gone, but I still enjoyed Timelash.

Date: 2011-04-04 09:12 am (UTC)
ext_23799: (six on white)
From: [identity profile] aralias.livejournal.com
i also don't hate this one at all.

i think it may be an old boyfen thing that seems like fact, but actually isn't. obviously some older opinions are real (i see [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 mentioning twin dilemma, voted the WORST episode by me and doctor who magazine alike), but some are just traditions, or the opinions of people who don't think it's ok to have ridiculous episodes with six and tinsel and sock puppet aliens, as well as genesis of the daleks.

also i like trial of a time lord - a lot. in this i may actually be wrong, but i can't help it.

Date: 2011-04-05 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
I've only seen halfway through Trial of the Time Lord, and I really loved the Mysterious Planet. Mindwarp, not quite so much. But it was at least entertaining. :D

Date: 2011-05-24 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
I finally watched Timelash tonight. Unfortunately, I had it on as background while doing parent reports so I wasn't paying as much attention as I should have been. But I did notice the crystal straddling, Vena refusing to be left behind in 1885, and the various bits of conversation between Herbert and the Doctor.

I didn't hate the episode, but it did up my dislike of Peri. She is so freakin' useless. Big sock puppet monster comes along and she cowers against a wall, damseling it up like there's no tomorrow. She gets rescued only to accidentally betray her rescuers by losing their secret note, gets chained up, gets freed and once again menaced by the sock puppet monster, and once again she simply cowers against the wall, wibbling and screaming until Herbert comes in, grabs a torch off the wall and scares the wretched thing into backing off. Peri needs to stop being such a Damsel in Distress all the time. I'm actually kind of hoping that one day no one comes to her rescue and she just dies of scream overdose while the baddie of the day stands around menacing and/or pontificating.

I could totally see you in Peri's costume from this episode. You have the right hair for it and everything.

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