Series 16 Episode 15 "The Androids of Tara: Part Three"
The Doctor kills the android princess, Count Grendel finds his plans foiled and can not find an opening to kill the new king (especially since the King's head bodyguard now suspects him of treachery against the King).
For the scene in which the android prince is killed, a rubber replica of Neville Jason's face was created by hand (not molded) by an artist from the Madame Tussauds wax museum.
Series 16 Episode 13 "The Androids of Tara: Part One"
Episode aired 25 November 1978
When Romana goes fishing for the fourth segment to the Key to Time, the Doctor just goes fishing. While on the planet of Tara, both are taken in (somewhat against their will) by two factions, both trying to achieve the throne of Tara. While Romana is mistaken for an android by Count Grendel, the Doctor and the Prince are drugged after the Doctor agrees to help repair his android.
Till was originally a dwarf rather than a hunchback.
The plot is based on that of the 1894 adventure novel "The Prisoner of Zenda".
Writer David Fisher set his scripts on the planet Tara, after the ancestral seat of the kings of Ireland (and, according to mythology, of the supernatural Tuatha dé Danann). He had hoped that Tara might be populated by animals resembling creatures of legend, such as unicorns (which might be natural or mechanical).
During one take of the scene where The Doctor is fishing, Tom Baker inadvertently tossed the antique fishing rod he was using into the water. Stunt arranger Terry Walsh had to dive in and rescue it.
The Castle Gracht scenes were filmed at Leeds Castle, near Kent, England. The exterior shots show Leeds, but several minarets and towers were added using a glass matte.
Mary Tamm designed Romana's distinctive outfit after the originally planned costume by Doreen James proved to be made of scratchy tweed. It was done up in Mary's favorite colors at the time, purple and teal.
This story replaced a script called "Shield Of Zarak" (also called "The Doppelgangers") by Ted Lewis. This adventure dealt with the notion that legendary figures like Robin Hood might not be as benevolent as their tales allege. It was abandoned due to Lewis' personal issues.
The Doctor had been planning a holiday when first recruited by the White Guardian, a running joke being that whenever he sets off on a holiday he never gets to enjoy one.
This was the first of three serials directed by Michael Hayes. He was reluctant to take the job, regarding the programme as "a children's show with dodgy effects" and admitting to being "toffee-nosed" about working on it. Nevertheless, according to his son, Patrick, he soon abandoned these misgivings and afterwards counted Tom Baker as one of his friends despite finding him difficult to work with at times.
Mary Tamm has four roles throughout the story, her usual roll of Romana, Princess Strella and their android duplicates.
Series 16 Episode 12 "The Stones of Blood: Part Four"
Aboard a hyperspace prison ship, two justice machines called the Megara, known for swift verdicts and harsh punishments, arrest the Doctor for breaking an infraction, with trial and execution to be carried out immediately.
Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and Susan Engel were scathing about this episode on the DVD commentary. Baker described it as "the longest episode in the history of Doctor Who", Tamm said they deserved medals for having sat through it and Engel questioned how it could even have been transmitted.
Series 16 Episode 10 "The Stones of Blood: Part Two"
The Doctor and Romana's lives have already been imperiled. Now megalithic creatures from planet Ogros begin to attack under the directives of a mysterious master. Investigating the history of the area, Romana notices that for centuries only women have owned the land and nearby manor and wonders if there's any significance to this.
When referring to why he is going back to see Mr. DeVries after being attacked by him , the Doctor says, "because Mr. DeVries is a worried man and they often sing a worried song". These are lyrics from Woody Guthrie's song, "It takes a worried man, to sing a worried song".
Series 16 Episode 9 "The Stones of Blood: Part One"
Episode aired 28 October 1978
On Earth to collect the third segment to the Key to Time, the Doctor and Romana encounter modern day druids in Cornwall making blood sacrifices to Cailleach, the goddess of war and magic, at a megalithic circle known as The Nine Travelers. The Tracer says the third segment is there, then says it isn't, which is very odd.
This was one of only two stories between "Frontier in Space" and the end of the series' initial run not to have the special sounds created by Dick Mills. Due to Mills suffering a brief illness, Elizabeth Parker provided the sound effects instead.
For location shooting, K-9 was equipped with a small microphone and speaker, so that John Leeson could hear and interact with the other actors from a van parked nearby. One day, while waiting for a scene to be set-up, Tom Baker sat down near K-9 and began working on the Times crossword (Leeson's hobby), conversing with Leeson through the remote link. Without thinking about it, Leeson remained in character. He was later told that several young fans, who had come by to watch the production, were quite amazed by what appeared to be the Doctor and K-9 working on the puzzle together.
The interior sets for the hyperspace ship were made of wood. Normally, to avoid having the sound of the actors' footsteps sound like wooden thumping, would have required foleying (re-recording the footsteps on a different surface during post-production). In this case, however, the sound engineer put microphones under the floor and then electronically altered the sound so that the footsteps sounded (appropriately) like walking on a metal floor.
The cells on the Cessair's ship contain a dead Wirrn (Doctor Who: The Ark in Space: Part One (1975)) and the "skeleton" of a Kraal android (Doctor Who: The Android Invasion: Part One (1975)).
Series 16 Episode 8 "The Pirate Planet: Part Four"
The Doctor reveals the truth about the real power on Zanak and must try and stop the Captain and Xanxia before Earth becomes their next victim.
The DVD release of this episode differs from the transmitted version. The Doctor Who (1963) Restoration Team were unhappy with the scene in which the spanner is engulfed by a blast. Due to failings of 1970s vision mixing, the spanner is suspended in front of the blast for a few frames and then disappears. For the DVD release, the Restoration Team took the liberty of adding additional frames so that the spanner is blasted back towards the camera to help sell the effect better.
Series 16 Episode 7 "The Pirate Planet: Part Three"
The Mentiads take the Doctor, Romana and Kimus to a reunion with K9 and Mula, where they set about trying to defeat the Captain's plans.
When the captain is talking to Mr. Fibuli about the ship he built, he uses one of Douglas Adams' (the series writer) favorite phrases, "...technology so advanced you would not be able to distinguish it from magic!"
Series 16 Episode 6 "The Pirate Planet: Part Two"
The Doctor and Kimus head to the Bridge to try and rescue Romana, leaving K9 and Mula to search for Pralix.
The TV show Lost in Space (a show Douglas Adams said he watched as a child) had an episode called "The Sky Pirate" aired in 1966. It had a pirate who was brash, shouted a lot, used many pirate expressions and also had a mechanical parrot with eyes that lit up, could fly and would sit on his shoulder.
Douglas Adams created the air car as a way to avoid scenes set in corridors, which he hated.
Series 16 Episode 5 "The Pirate Planet: Part One"
Episode aired 30 September 1978
In seeking the second segment of the Key to Time, the TARDIS heads for an icy world but lands on a populated planet that shouldn't be there.
Douglas Adams' original concept involved a planet which is being mined by the Time Lords, who use a giant aggression-sapping machine (disguised as a statue) to pacify the natives. One Time Lord becomes trapped in the statue and absorbs all the aggression, inducing him to turn against his people. He causes the mining devices to hollow out the planet and now plans to make it dematerialize and reform around Gallifrey.
Just prior to shooting the 16th season, Tom Baker was mauled by a dog and was left with a large tear in his lip (his first thought, he claimed, was, "Now I'll be stuck with smiling parts for the rest of my career."). The wound was covered up with make-up while it was healed, but is still very noticeable throughout the season. A scene showing the Doctor banging his lip on the TARDIS console was added to "The Pirate Planet" to account for the disfigurement.
The Captain and Mr. Fibuli are based on Captain Hook and Smee from "Peter Pan".
Douglas Adams concocted the Polyphase Avitron to make the Captain's scenes more interesting. For a time, he considered giving the robotic parrot dialogue like "Pieces of silicate!"
Because Douglas Adams had other commitments, he made slow progress with his scripts. Furthermore, they were too long and too complex, and Adams' inexperience with television drama meant that he had little idea of what could be accomplished within the limitations of the program's budget.
The Doctor actually directly refers to Romana as having "good looks", one of the few times in the original series that the Doctor made such a remark regarding one of his companions. Ironically, Douglas Adams' later story, Doctor Who: City of Death: Part Two (1979), included the line, "You're a very beautiful woman, probably", which has been used in some aspects of fandom to suggest that the Doctor doesn't (or shouldn't) consider the physical appearance of his companions.
The name "Bantraginus V" is likely a reference to "Santraginus V", the home for one of the key ingredients in the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
This is one of the few serials in the original run of the series never to have been novelized through publisher Target Books. Target approached author Douglas Adams on several occasions, but Adams (by then a bestselling author) was unwilling to work for the modest advance Target was offering to pay; Target, for their part, were unwilling to offer Adams a higher advance, for fear that other authors would demand more. Adams also refused to allow Target to have another author adapt his story. Adams also penned "Doctor Who: City of Death: Part One (1979)" and the uncompleted serial "Shada", neither of which have been novelized for the same reasons.
This episode appears to begin the day after the conclusion of Doctor Who: The Ribos Operation: Part Four (1978). The Doctor is about to put away the newly acquired first segment and talking to K9 about the success of the mission. He says "Good morning" to Romana, suggesting at least an evening has passed, but not much more.
Series 16 Episode 4 "The Ribos Operation: Part Four"
The Doctor returns to the city to keep an eye on the Graff, leaving Romana, K9 and Garron to search for Unstoffe and the first segment. However, Garron double crosses them and steals the tracer.
Anthony Read suggested that the jethrik be the first segment of The Key to Time. It was originally important, because it was actually a source of incredible energy which could power a fleet of spaceships.
In the original script, the Graff did not murder the Seeker but instead sent her back to the Catacombs, whereupon the Captain set off the explosion to seal the caves (killing the Seeker in the process). Believing himself to be the prophesied survivor, the Graff - insane and hallucinating about past campaigns - then took an ammunition pouch from a supposedly dead guard. The Doctor would reveal himself at this stage while an explosion detonated, proclaiming the Graff's final end.
Series 16 Episode 1 "The Ribos Operation: Part One"
Episode aired 2 September 1978
The Doctor is chosen for a quest by The White Guardian to go in search for the six segments to the Key to Time, that have been scattered and sent throughout the time/space continuum. With the Key to Time, The White Guardian will restore balance to the universe. Joined by a young time lady named Romana, The Doctor, Romana and K-9 Mark 2 begin their quest and arrive at their first destination, The medieval Russian like world Ribos, where a conman named Garron bids to sell Ribos to a exiled tyrant known as Graff Vynda K, where Unstoffe, Garron's assistant uncovers Garron's scheme and is unaware he is in possession of the first segment of the Key to Time.
While Tom Baker and Mary Tamm had a good working relationship, Baker quickly took exception to Romana's bright white dress. Plans for Romana to always be seen in white (to reflect the concept of her as an "ice queen") were hastily dropped.
In this serial (and much of the following one), Tom Baker has a clear disfigurement of his upper lip. A few days before production began, Baker was bitten by a Jack Russell terrier belonging to Paul Seed (Graff Vynda-K). The makeup team did what they could to cover up the injury with a bit of plaster, but it was still plainly obvious. The problem was explained in-story when the TARDIS lurches, and the Doctor's face bangs into the console.
The planet Ribos was patterned after mediaeval Russia, with the name being an anagram of the common Russian name "Boris". The currency of Ribos, the opek, was a reference to both the Russian kopec (one-hundredth of a ruble) and OPEC, the Organisation of Petroleum-Exporting Countries.
Mary Tamm had trained with Louise Jameson at the Royal Academy of Arts. Jameson played the previous companion Leela who departed at the end of the previous story The Invasion of Time.
This story was the last season opener to introduce a new companion until Doctor Who: Rose (2005). Although Lalla Ward takes over as Romana in the following series-opener, she is still the same character. All of the following companions would be introduced mid-way through, or at the end, of a series.
Director: Glenn Jordan
Writers: Louise Vincent (tv movie "Thomas Guerin, Retraite"), Patrick Jamain (tv movie "Thomas Guerin, Retraite")
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sarah Paulson, Kristin Griffith
A depressed widower meets a 21-year-old free spirit and the unlikely pair hitchhike cross country. Learning to respect their differences, they become friends and encourage each other to embrace new beginnings and face their fears.
Director: Rod Hardy
Writer: David S. Goyer
Stars: David Hasselhoff, Lisa Rinna, Sandra Hess
Agent Nick Fury is asked to fight the menace of Hydra after exiling himself in the Yukon since the end of the Cold War.
Cannon pictures had an Agents of Shield movie in the works in 1985/86 But, it never materialized.
David Hasselhoff later made a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) as himself.
Alexander Pierce is a Shield agent who helps (Hasselhoff's) Nick Fury in this movie. The same character that appears in Captain America Winter Soldier (2014) played by Robert Redford.
Pierce mentions he trained at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Kirby Academy, a reference to comic book artist Jack Kirby.
This was Marvel's first attempt at an Agents of Shield TV show. The next one would be very successful with Marvel's Agents of Shield (2013-2020) which starred Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet and ran for seven seasons.
David Hasselhoff and Sandra Hess previously appeared together in an episode of Baywatch Nights.
TV Movie 13 February 1983
Director: Gerard Baldwin
Writers: Peyo (story), Yvan Delporte (story)
Stars: Michael Bell, Joe Besser, Lucille Bliss, June Foray
What could be more smurfy than spending Valentine's Day with the most lovable little blue creatures in all of the forest? In this half-hour animated special from Hanna-Barbera, the residents of Smurf Village cheerfully await Cupid's arrival ... but evil lurks nearby. Can Cupid's arrow make a dent in the stone-hard heart of Gargamel, the evil wizard? Will Smurfette's Prince Smurfing ever arrive?
Even though the special has a St. Valentine theme, it originally aired on March 13, 1983 (a Sunday), nearly a month after February 14, 1983 (a Monday).
Chlorhydris spoke of Azrael having "royal blood in his veins" -- which interestingly turns out to be true in Season 9's "Mummy Dearest" which depicts his distant ancestor, the cat pharaoh Azra.
"My Smurfy Valentine" is the debut of the evil witch Chlorhydris, a creation of Studio Peyo for the cartoon series. She will make her episodic debut in Season 3's "A Tear of a Smurf."
Season 3 Episode 18 "A DuckTales Valentine (Amour or Less)"
Episode aired 11 February 1990
Scrooge steals Cupid's arrows from an ancient temple, which attracts the attention of the Greek gods. Things get even more complicated when Scrooge himself falls under the arrows' spell.
Scrooge mentions "Feather Locklear," a nod to Heather Locklear.
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