DVD-Sichtung „Doctor Who – Kinda“

Kinda is the third serial of the 19th season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four twice-weekly parts from 1 February to 9 February 1982.“ (Quelle)

Britische Kolonialvergangenheit und Psychotherapie als Kammerspiel – eine unheimlich zähe Doctor-Who-Folge, in der weder der Doctor glänzen noch die Gefährten Raum für Entwicklung haben. Um welchen Grundkonflikt es geht, ist schnell klar, und den Dschungelfieberbösewicht kann man nur betrunken für voll nehmen. Unerklärlich, weshalb das Ding ein Kritikerliebling ist. Ehrlich.

DVD-Sichtung „Doctor Who – Four to Doomsday“

Four to Doomsday is the second serial of the 19th season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four twice-weekly parts from 18–26 January 1982. (Quelle)

Ah, schon viel besser! Schönes Pacing, schönes Drama und ein wenig Action. Weshalb diese Story underrated ist, erschließt sich mir nicht, da habe ich schon viel Laaaaaaaanatmigeres rund um die blaue Box gesehen. Vor allem, wenn PD die Schweinsnase „IDIOT!“ nennt, sammelt er Pluspunkte.

Streaming-Sichtung „Sherlock“ (Staffel 04)

„Sherlock is asked to investigate the mysterious death of a young man, which he solves quickly but he is led into another mystery when a bust of Margaret Thatcher owned by the dead man’s father is smashed. Further busts are smashed and Sherlock discovers that the mystery is linked to Mary and her past as a government agent. A figure from her past is bent on revenge in the belief that Mary betrayed him, but it is discovered that the traitor was the secretary of a British Parliamentary member. Mary is killed by the secretary when jumping in front of a bullet meant for Sherlock. John blames Sherlock for Mary’s death, and their relationship is fractured.

Sherlock is contacted by the daughter of entrepreneur Culverton Smith, who she claims has confessed to a murder but she does not know who the victim was as her father has used a drug on her that inhibits memory. Sherlock deduces that her father is a serial killer and sets out to expose him, but he has returned to narcotics use since Mary’s death and unable to clearly distinguish his own thoughts from reality. He confronts and attacks Smith, and John is forced to subdue him. While recovering in the hospital, Smith appears in Sherlock’s room, confesses and then tries to kill him. John bursts in just in time to save Sherlock, who reveals that his behavior up to that point was not just an elaborate ploy to expose Smith, but also fulfilling Mary’s last wish for him to „Save John“. Later John’s therapist reveals that she is actually Sherlock’s secret sister, Eurus, and has been using disguises to manipulate both Sherlock and Watson. The episode ends with Eurus firing a shot at John.

Sherlock and Watson – who had been shot with a tranquilizer by Eurus – trick Mycroft into acknowledging her existence. Eurus steps up her attacks on Sherlock, culminating in the bombing of his Baker Street apartment. Sherlock, Watson and Mycroft venture forth to Sherrinford, a maximum-security psychiatric facility where Eurus is housed. Although Mycroft is sceptical at the suggestion that she has escaped, the trio discover that Eurus has compromised the staff and controls the entire Sherrinford asylum. She subjects the trio to a series of ordeals, testing their morals by forcing them to choose which of her victims live and die and ultimately forcing Sherlock to confront the memory of „Redbeard“, a childhood friend whose death set in motion events that saw Eurus incarcerated. Realising that she will continue to test him until someone he cares for dies, Sherlock tries to connect with her on an emotional level, offering her the love and relationship with a brother that she never had, and Eurus stands down. Sherlock and Watson return to the Baker Street apartment, where they find another message from Mary imploring them to stay together. A time lapse montage shows them rebuilding the Baker Street flat to its original lived in form before meeting a series of unusual clients.“ (Quelle)

3x90min. An einem Abend. Mit der reizenden Kollegin MR. Zwischendrin Pizza. Und Chips. Ihr seht schon. Ein wilder Abend. Voller kcal. Und Rätsel. Buchstäblich und sprichwörtlich. Es gibt vieles, was mich stört. Es gibt allerdings auch vieles, was mich packt und rührt. Von Hund und Frau. Und Opfer. Und Liebesschwüre unter Hochdruck. Und irgendwie hoffe ich, dass es doch noch weitergeht, doch noch eine fünfte Staffel geben wird.

DVD-Sichtung „Doctor Who: Logopolis“

Logopolis is the seventh and final serial of the 18th season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 28 February to 21 March 1981. It was Tom Baker’s last story as the Fourth Doctor and marks the first appearance of Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. This serial also marks the first appearance of Janet Fielding as new companion Tegan Jovanka, whilst Nyssa, played by Sarah Sutton and seen in previous serial The Keeper of Traken, returns and also joins the Doctor as a companion.“ (Quelle)

Das ist also der Abschied von Tom Baker. Und das umgeben von BegleiterInnen, die mir allesamt recht egal sind. Das Schlimme ist nun, dass es mit diesen Pfeifen erstmal weitergehen wird. Die Geschichte selbst…nun ja. Ich bilde mir ein, dass sich hier jemand selbst zu clever nahm – und zwar Bidmead, der Writer hinter der Episode.

TV-Sichtung „Doctor Who: Christmas Special – The Return of Doctor Mysterio

„‚The Return of Doctor Mysterio‘ is an episode of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. First broadcast on BBC One on 25 December 2016, it is the twelfth Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005. It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Ed Bazalgette. The episode stars Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor and Matt Lucas as Nardole, the latter reprising his role from the preceding episode, „The Husbands of River Song„. The episode is set in New York City, and involves the Doctor and Nardole linking with journalist Lucy Fletcher (Charity Wakefield) and a superhero called The Ghost (Justin Chatwin) to combat brain-swapping aliens.“ (Quelle)

Was gefiel mir an den 60 Minuten? Die Superhelden-Geschichte hat Herz. Die Alien-Geschichte ist klassische Invasions-SciFi-Kost, wie ich sie aus vielen B-Film kenne und liebe. River Song darf nicht mitspielen. Mist, aber sie ist dennoch präsent. Der Doctor leidet! WEGEN DIESER PUTE!!!

DVD-Sichtung: „Doctor Who – Full Circle“

Full Circle is the third serial of the 18th season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 25 October to 15 November 1980. The serial is the first of three loosely connected serials known as the E-Space trilogy and introduces Matthew Waterhouse as the Doctor’s newest companion, Adric.“ (Quelle)

Endlich lerne ich die Schweinsnase Adric auch kennen. Warum Schweinsnase? Ehrlich? Habt Ihr mal genau hingesehen? Na, eben.

Full Circle hat ein paar richtig tolle Momente zu bieten: Das scheinbar Unausweichliche der Rückkehr auf den Heimatplaneten der Time Lords – erneut fällt dieser typische Who-BegleiterInnen-Satz: „Was soll mein Leben jetzt noch bieten, nachdem wir hier durch Raum und Zeit reisten?“ Es ist schwierig, dabei z.B. nicht an E. Sladens Ende zu denken.

Die Sumpfwesen, die farreduziert und langsam bedohlich aus dem Nassen kriechen.

Die Brandrede des Doktors über die ewige Verzögerung der Abreise und die Verdammung wissenschaftlicher Experimente an vernunftbegabten Wesen.

DVD-Sichtung „Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive“

The Leisure Hive is the first serial of the 18th season in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 30 August to 20 September 1980. It marks the return of John Leeson’s voice as K-9.“ (Quelle)

Neue Staffel. Neues Intro. Neuer Produzent: „This was the first Doctor Who story which John Nathan-Turner produced. Nathan-Turner was keen to get away from what he considered the excessive silliness of recent Doctor Who stories, and wanted to increase the series‘ production values, because he felt that they were poor when compared with glossy American science-fiction series.“ (Ebd.)

Dadurch wird mir der Kollege sehr sympathisch – obgleich er im 1994er-Interview bei den DVD-Extras wiederum ziemlich runtergewirtschaftet wirkt. Ich konnte die pseudolustige Phase auch nicht recht ab – vor allem machte in dieser Zeit Tom Baker N O C H breiter als Dominante als zuvor. Dennoch reicht es wohl für eine Rückkehr zum Philip Hinchcliffe-Style.