Doctor Who

The Goldbergs 5.3 Goldberg on The Goldbergs had Adam (Sean Giambrone) wearing a Doctor Who T-Shirt with the diamond logo and it takes place in 1980-something.

The episode made its world debut in the US on October 11 2017 and it reached Australia a little over a year later on the Seven Network on November 12 2018.

Its showing on 7 came mere hours after the ABC showed Demons of the Punjab.

From Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia:

Justicia –“A prison planet visited by the Doctor and Rose Tyler. It was the first alien world that Rose went to.” [Boom Town]

In Boom Town itself, Rose simply says Justicia but not that it was a prison planet nor that it was the first alien world that she went to.

These details about Justicia came from the Ninth Doctor/Rose novel The Monsters Inside which evidently took place sometime before Boom Town.

However information should have corresponded to what was seen and heard in the episode(s) concerned.

Perhaps as a suggestion that Justicia should have been stated as a planet visited by the Doctor and Rose as mentioned by Rose.

Demons of the Punjab:

Season 41, Episode 6.

Series writing debut by Vinay Patel

This episode begins with Yaz and her family celebrating her gran’s birthday.

Wonder how long it has been for Yaz since she came back from “the shop” in Arachnids In The UK and how that talk went with her mum about the Doctor.

The gran Umbreen said that she was the first woman married in Pakistan.

Looking back on it now Umbreen didn’t say who she married to as we soon find out it wasn’t to Yaz’s granddad.

After Umbreen gave Yaz a broken watch, Yaz asked the Doctor for them to go to that time in Umbreen’s life to find out what happened.

Certainly shades of Father’s Day when Rose asked the Doctor to see her father Pete before he died.

Demons of the Punjab is a historical episode that of the partition of India and horrifying the divisions it presents due to the land that separates India and Pakistan and the people on it.

Intriguing about the Vajarians as they were not assassins as first thought but witnesses.

Despite having seen Umbreen in the future, Yaz wanted to stay to make sure her gran is safe.

Certainly a recent contrast to Clara when in Cold War & Kill The Moon when she took the future for granted as time can be in flux.

Commendable when Graham saying about striving to be good men and striving to be good people is the best thing we can do.

The Doctor officiates at the wedding and quite inspiring what she said about love.

Kind of amusing how Umbreen decided to move to Sheffield just by placing a pin on a map by chance.

Quite sad the conflict with the brothers because of the partition and that it cost one of them his life.

Moving that last scene with Yaz and elder Umbreen.

Initially I thought that this is the second episode after Rosa, which too is a historical episode, has the end credits playing music which isn’t the theme music before it was pointed out that it was the Indian version of the theme.

Access All Areas on Demons of the Punjab:

TV WEEK of December 15-21 2018 has as its star letter about Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor written by Geraldine and entitled “Still a fan”:
“I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who and have been ever since I was a young girl in the UK. I’m now 67 years old. When it was first announced that the new Doctor was a woman, I was most upset. But since watching the new series, I’ve changed my mind.
Jodie Whittaker is really growing on me. She certainly is different, but in a good way. She sparkles.
I still look forward to watching The Doctor, her companions and the TARDIS on Mondays on ABC.”
Next to this letter is the promotional picture of Jodie in her costume and Geraldine for writing this letter won a five-DVD pack valued at $124.75 which includes The Bombing starring Bruce Willis.

Legends of Tomorrow 4.8 Legends of To-Meow-Meow had Ava (Jes Macallan) saying that she did not have time for all that timey-wimey crap!

Access All Areas on The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos:

From Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia
Liao Dynasty – The Doctor sent Matthew See and Karen Gillan to the Liao Dynasty for a Chinese takeaway – it wasn’t a restaurant but the actual 12th-century palace. The guards were not happy. [The Gunpowder Plot]

Baker’s End: The King of Cats:

The King of Cats is the first story in Baker’s End starring Doctor Who luminaries Tom Baker and Katy Manning and written by Paul Magrs.

I was very glad that this had Tom and Katy finally working together.

Tom plays a different version of himself and there is a funeral for him in the village of Happenstance which was attended by Suzy Goshawk played by Katy.

However Tom is not as dead as he seems and the hilarity this ensues and this embroils Suzy in it.

Other cast members includes Susan Jameson and David Benson.

Jameson’s played Tom’s housekeeper Mrs Frimbly and she also played another housekeeper Mrs Wibbsey, companion to Tom’s Fourth Doctor in the Nest Cottage series which was also written by Magrs.

Benson played Panda, companion to Iris Wildthyme played by Katy for Big Finish.

The interview with Tom at the end was enjoyable and it was very amusing how long it took Magrs to identify himself.

The Fifty-year Delay:

The Fifty-year Delay is a short story that was originally published in the 50th Anniversary Annual and later republished as part of the Heroes and Monsters Collection.

Featuring the Eleventh Doctor.

Intriguing story in which the Doctor meets Ryan Goodman in the Underground Station as they battle it out against an ancient time bird.



Broken is the penultimate episode of the second Big Finish Torchwood season.

Featuring Ianto and Jack.

Written by Joseph Lidster and released in July 2016.

This is set during season 1 with it coming just after episode 4 Cyberwoman, during the course of episode 5 Small Worlds (with Jack getting a call from Estelle), episode 6 Countrycide and the last setting in relation to the TV series is sometime after episode 7 Greeks Bearing Gifts as Jack had recently killed Mary.

With Greeks Bearing Gifts being episode 7, Lidster explained that he wrote Broken as if it were episode 7A.

As this episode only feature Ianto and Jack as the main Torchwood characters, the others are mentioned but conveniently they just happened to be absent in the episode’s proceedings.

Much of Broken deals with the aftermath of Cyberwoman, as Ianto had just lost Lisa.

Broken also presents Ianto’s experiences in Countrycide had on him.

This comes as Ianto enters a new pub and befriends barmaid Mandy.

I sensed rightly there was something more to Mandy than she initially appeared.

In a climax to this Ianto’s promise of revenge over Lisa came into play, a promise that was not addressed and forgotten about in the TV series.

Ianto got to experienced something that he did not experience in the TV series and that same experience for Jack is akin to what he went through in the changed world in Turn Left.

In detailing Ianto’s feelings particularly about the loss of Lisa in Cyberwoman, Broken fits in perfectly like an episode of season 1 from whence it is set.

The cover has Ianto and Jack in an embrace and made me think that this is a love story between the two.

However while this particular subject is touched upon, this was mainly about

Ianto and what being part of Torchwood has done to him.

Broken is the feeling inside of one’s self being in that state.

This made me think of the movie The Party’s Just Beginning as it ran more or less on similar lines which made me appreciate Broken.

I think about The Party’s Just Beginning all the time since it is from my wife Karen Gillan.

Dark Eyes 4: A Life in the Day:
Opener of Dark Eyes 4.
Written by John Dorney.
Intriguing with the premise and quite lovely with how Liv spends the said day.
Live spends the day with Martin Donaldson whom she and the Doctor meets whilst the Doctor was on his latest investigation.
Fascinating that whilst all this is going on the Doctor and Liv gets hunted by some mysterious force.
This climax in a certain revelation by Martin.
With Liv separated from the Doctor for much of this episode, the Doctor has Martin’s sister Kitty as a kind of stand-in companion.
Kitty is played by Beth Chalmers and she knows what it is like to be a companion as she briefly played Seventh Doctor companion Raine Creevey.
No doubt Kitty was written that way for Chalmers to play due to certain issues that prevents Big Finish from using Raine again.
Having travelled with the Seventh Doctor, Beth Chalmers makes for a good foil for the Eighth Doctor.

A Life in the Day included a movie theatre in which Liv and Martin and then the Eighth Doctor and Kitty were in separately.

Recent to my listenings of A Life in the Day, saw the Scream episode When a Stranger Calls which also featured a movie theatre and directed by Patrick Lussier and Lussier had edited the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie which debut the said Eighth Doctor.

UNIT: Shutdown: Power Cell:
Opener of Shutdown, the second season of UNIT.
Written by Matt Fitton.
This marked Alice Krige’s (the Borg Queen from Star Trek) debut as the villain Felicity Lyme.
Absolutely enthralling start to Shurdown which got sparked by the disappearance of a UNIT scientist.
Terrifying the menace that turns up here.
Cute when Osgood referenced The Incredible Hulk.
Neat how a certain blue box and a man in a bow tie made their cameos here which sets this sometime after The Day of the Doctor.
Exciting climax but too bad the tragedy that came with it.

Dark Eyes 4: Master of the Daleks:
Penultimate episode.
Written by John Dorney.
Master of the Daleks sees the return of Molly but she was not played by Ruth Bradley and she is played instead by Sorcha Cusack as a Molly 40 years older in an alternate Earth and goes by the name of Mary Carter.
Cusack is the daughter of Cyril Cusack who was one of several actors considered for the First Doctor.
On television I see Sorcha Cusack in her regular role in Father Brown.
Master of the Daleks is a horrifying and very good story set on a bleak alternate Earth.
Truly impressive when Liv used perfume as mace on the Master.
Liv questions whether the Master and the Dalek Time Controller really called each other by their titles since it is a contradiction. An impressive philosophical question.
Also very good in the midst of the exciting climax how the Master is last presented in this episode in typical Master style.

Doctor Who: The Encyclopedia by Gary Russell has an entry on Marilyn Monroe in A Christmas Carol and says that she was played by Charlotte Howard.
However Marilyn wasn’t seen in A Christmas Carol itself.

Come to think of it I am pretty sure Marilyn’s voice (presumably Howard’s) was heard calling the Doctor as they were about to get married.

Howard however wasn’t credited in A Christmas Carol.

Impulse 2.3 For Those Lost had a conversation about the impact of dream with Townes (Daniel Maslany) bringing up as an example Doctor Who’s Dream Lord.

For a Doctor Who reference the Dream Lord was an unexpected one.

The Impulse episode along with the entire Impulse second season was released on October 16 2019 almost seven months before the tenth anniversary of Amy’s Choice, the Dream Lord’s only appearance, on May 15 2020.

Dalek Guns in first episode of The Mandalorian:

Doctor Who season 42 quiz:

Got 6/7 with the Orphan 55 question stumped me.